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on CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

If you’re a church leader you’ve likely been exposed to plenty of church growth models. There’s no lack of resources on increasing attendance and developing programs.

 

Perhaps contrary to first impression, these workshops are not about models or strategies. A church of 30 can be more healthy and more effective than a church of 530. Too much church growth is nothing more than shuffling believers between churches. No workshop here guarantees higher attendance, but if your church is mostly a holy huddle, let’s talk.

 

66) CHANGE YOUR CHURCH FOR GOOD

Every week, more and more people are walking away from church. It’s not because they’ve stopped believing but because the church has become irrelevant to their lives. Every church, whether old or new, dying or growing, requires change to fulfill their God-given purpose in this world. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’re always got. This workshop offers essential tools to begin encouraging the process of change.

 

67) BECOME THE CHURCH YOU WANT TO BE

There are at least six types of churches: the family reunion church, witnessing church, classroom church, social-conscience church, experiential church and life development church. Which of these might describe your church? What kind of church would you like to become? This workshop provides an audit of your actual values and aspirational values and serves to get your church on the same page to become the church you want to be.

 

 

68) YOUR INTERCULTURAL CHURCH

Is the neighborhood around where your church gathers becoming increasingly inhabited by people who are of a different ethnicity than you? What do you think of this?  How do you go about interacting with people who are different than you? Are you uneasy? This workshop offers participants a grid for understanding, appreciating, and developing redemptive relationships with neighbors who look and sound very foreign. In the process your church can become a house of prayer for all nations.

 

69) STUCK BELOW 50

Is your church dying? A dead church is an oxymoron. If your church Sunday attendance is below fifty and there’s evidence you’re in survival mode, take hope! You can figure out where you are, where you’re going and how to get there. There are likely things you can do to consistently have fifty or more people gathering for worship each Sunday. Your church can shift from Will we make it? to How can we make a lasting difference?

 

 

70) STUCK BELOW 100

Of course no two churches are the same, yet there are certain common realities that most every church with an average Sunday attendance under a hundred has. Foggy direction. Differing assumptions. Little ministry context. Tension. Stalemate. No leadership development. Unprepared for explosive growth. Unclear dreams. But no church has to stay this way. You can shift from talking about how to keep people to how to reach people!
 

 

71) STUCK BELOW 250

Perhaps your church already has an outreach-oriented purpose and vision, a team leader pastor, and better than average fellowship, teaching, and preaching. But you know there are many hurting people and broken lives in your community and somehow your church walks with a limp. Change requires hard work and huge faith. This workshop focuses on the priorities of sharing ministry, empowering people to lead using their strengths, and stepping out in faith to have greater impact in your community.

 

 

72) STUCK BELOW 500

Transitioning a church of any size is like turning around a huge ship. The structure of a church requires an intentional and long turn. If your vision is to have a healthy church past five hundred in attendance, this will require several transitions relating to stronger teamwork, deeper community, systematic mobilization of over fifty percent of the church family, a stronger view of administrative servanthood, and an integrated focused purpose. This workshop is about giving away power.

 

 

73) DEVELOPING YOUR CHURCH’S CORE VALUES

A church’s core values are the small set of constant, passionate core beliefs that drive a church or ministry, helping them make important decisions. They are the answer to the question, What’s critically important to us? Values have everything to do with a church’s direction. Discover how core values can help lift a church above a mediocre existence that for many has become a meaningless weekly ritual. This workshop offers a plan for a church to determine both its core actual and aspirational values.

 

 

74) DEVELOPING YOUR CHURCH’S PURPOSE

Complete this sentence: “Our church exists to . . . “ Would the majority of your church family complete the sentence in the same way (without looking at the back of Sunday’s bulletin)? Yet, church purpose is not a memory issue. If your church purpose is current, biblical, and relevant, it will more likely result in greater commitment and impact than having no defined reason for existing.

 

 

75) DEVELOPING YOUR CHURCH’S VISION

Solomon wrote, Where there is no vision, the people perish. By vision he meant dream, revelation, an image you can see in your mind’s eye. By perish he meant avoid, go backward, fall apart at the seams (loosen), become exposed (to distractions). A church’s vision is a realistic, credible, attractive future. It is the conclusion of the sentence, We want to see. Fresh vision strikes a spark, serving as excitement that lifts a church out of the mundane. This workshop offers a plan for you to discover and pursue God’s vision for your church.
 

 

76) DEVELOPING YOUR CHURCH’S HOSPITALITY

When people attend a Sunday church service for the first time, they can be visiting for any number of reasons. To see. To discover. To get my needs met. To belong. To learn. To grow. To serve. A church only gets one chance to give a first impression. Does your church have a hospitality team with a purpose, vision and plan? How does this team show Jesus’ love? Learn principles in creating a culture of acceptance and warmth to those looking for a church home.

 

 

77) LET US ARISE AND BUILD

There’s something every church needs to do before it launches into its future. That something is tucked away in the pages of Nehemiah’s story. The Hebrew word is koom. Translation: rise up. Koom is all about leadership and administration. It carries the meaning of setting up on a firm and lasting basis; making more certain by putting in writing; strengthening by guarantee of follow-through; using authority properly to make it happen. This workshop applies koom to your church before launching into a building program or other major project.

 

 

78) MAKING YOUR CHURCH THE SAFEST PLACE IN TOWN

Does your church have a safety policy? What planning has your church done toward providing a safe and secure place for children and youth? What are your guidelines for the conduct of your church’s employees and volunteers to prevent incidents and protect them from unwarranted allegations of child abuse? This workshop suggests practical guidelines on a wide variety of issues such as the screening and training of volunteer staff.

 

79) HOUSE CHURCHES

A house church is an independent assembly of Christians gathering in a home. A house church movement is spreading across many parts of our world in places like China, India, Viet Nam, Cuba, and even North America. The house church pattern was the form of church used in the first three centuries of the Christian church. This workshop discusses the strengths and weaknesses of house churches and how to start one.