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Your online home for leadership lessons for both the church and the workplace.

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By Jbowl1 - May 16 2020
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Good information. Appreciate, very much, the show notes ... but there is no need for a co-host (who thinks he’s funny, interrupts guests, thinks his views are the greatest and shares inside jokes with his dad - the host). Just present the information and let whoever you are interviewing speak! Thom should do this by himself.

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433 Ratings
Average Ratings
400
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1
4

Good, but...

By Jbowl1 - May 16 2020
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Good information. Appreciate, very much, the show notes ... but there is no need for a co-host (who thinks he’s funny, interrupts guests, thinks his views are the greatest and shares inside jokes with his dad - the host). Just present the information and let whoever you are interviewing speak! Thom should do this by himself.

Great Help

By bigdogtheodore - Nov 01 2017
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I have been blessed by these podcasts. It makes me a better church member.
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Rank #1: Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders

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Today Thom and Sam welcome Joel Wayne, lead pastor for Chapel Pointe in Hudsonville, Michigan, and author of Steer: Eight Practices to Drive Leadership. In this episode, Joel discusses four neglected practices of leaders trying to shape culture. Key learning is to address splinters before they become infectious. 

Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders

  1. Shaping (Shifting) Culture
  2. Maintaining Motivation
  3. Establishing Default Settings
  4. Pulling Splinters

Other highlights:

  • In order to shape a culture, you have to know what you are shaping towards.
  • Every culture grows toward what feeds it.
  • We often begin meetings by critiquing things that are going bad. In order to change culture begin meetings by celebrating what is going well.
  • Remind your staff on a regular basis what God is doing in your midst.
  • Continual small nuggets of positive encouragement prevent you from having to come up with one big celebration.
  • Don’t wait to address problems that are blistering underneath the skin.
  • Splinters are potential infections. If you don’t address the splinter it will become a bigger problem later.

About Joel Wayne: 

Joel Wayne has spent twenty years improving leadership and cultivating a healthy culture within organizations and churches in Connecticut, Kentucky, and Michigan. He currently serves as lead pastor for Chapel Pointe in Michigan and is the founder of VSI Leadership, a business and leadership consulting group. Joel’s dynamic communication style conveys his enthusiasm for developing strong leaders focusing on VISION, STRATEGY, and IMPLEMENTATION to create an overall organizational reset. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and four children.

Resources:

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The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

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Nov 01 2019

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Rank #2: Six Seismic Shifts in Church Health

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Thom and Sam are joined by Dr. Chuck Lawless from Southeastern Seminary. Today’s discussion is on six shifts in church health and revitalization.

The six shifts:

    1. The local church emphasis in church revitalization
    2. The institutional emphasis in church revitalization
    3. The micro-movement
    4. The return to resource-led revitalization 
    5. The neighborhood church movement
    6. The facility adjustment issue 

Other highlights:

  • We are finally catching up on providing resources and training for church revitalization
  • In order for a big movement to happen, it is going to have to happen through the smaller neighborhood churches.
  • Pastors and other leaders often need a starting point for revitalization.
  • It is very common to find a large worship center and a small congregation.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Six Seismic Shifts in Church Health appeared first on Church Answers.

Oct 29 2019

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Rank #3: Four Major Changes in Preaching the Past Decade

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You may feel like an expert on the topic of preaching, but we often don’t evaluate the changes taking place in the world of preaching. We will focus on four major changes to preaching within the past decade and the reason behind these changes.

Highlights:

  1. More churches have multiple preachers/teachers.
  2. More churches expect preachers to preach in different venues or sites.
  3. Fewer churches expect preachers to preach two or more different sermons each week.
  4. More preachers are largely done preparing their sermons by Wednesday or Thursday.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Four Major Changes in Preaching the Past Decade appeared first on Church Answers.

Feb 25 2020

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Rank #4: Four Reasons Why Many Welcoming Churches Have Become Less Welcoming

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Does your welcoming ministry feel stale and stagnant? In today’s episode, Thom and Sam discuss four reasons why churches become less welcoming. Every ministry can get in a rut or routine. Listen in on how you can become a more welcoming church.

  1. Leaders in your welcoming ministry are not getting constant reminders.
  2. New members of your welcoming ministry have not been trained.
  3. Pastors are failing to check for themselves.
  4. Pastors take it off their priority list.

Other highlights:

  • A welcoming church has to be consistently persistent. 
  • You have to be on your “A” game every week. 
  • When visitors walk into a smaller church they are expecting to be welcomed well.
  • Consistent vision casting from the leader is important.
  • Any ministry has the potential to get into a rut and routine.
  • A guest’s first impression will begin to occur within the first 7 seconds of being onsite at your church.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Four Reasons Why Many Welcoming Churches Have Become Less Welcoming appeared first on Church Answers.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #5: The Six Most Simple Adjustments to Become a Welcoming Church

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Your church can become more welcoming regardless of how welcoming you may think it already is. Today we cover six simple adjustments that cost little to nothing that will have exponentially great results.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Your church’s website is its front door to guests. The content and design need to be focused on them, not on the members.
  • A dirty or unkept children’s area will turn guests away from your church.
  • It doesn’t take a lot of work to train a welcome team. It just takes intentionality.
  • Door greeters are great, but having someone to greet those in the worship center may be more important.

The six adjustments we discuss are:

  1. Check the website.
  2. Do a facility audit.
  3. Train a welcome team.
  4. Keep greeters in worship center.
  5. Paint a room.
  6. Get some inexpensive signs.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post The Six Most Simple Adjustments to Become a Welcoming Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #6: Leading Millennials in Your Church

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Troy Pollock from Pushpay joins us today to discuss church technology and how you can better reach Millennials in your church.

About Troy Pollock:

Troy is part of the executive leadership team at Pushpay and serves as Chief Ambassador. As the first U.S. employee, he has helped shape the company to be one of the fastest growing SaaS companies today. Most notably, Troy pioneered the Customer Success Department from humble beginnings to an award winning team that partners with churches and non-profits around the globe. After studying communication and sociology at San Diego State University and theology at Oral Roberts University, Troy helped pioneer a healthy church in Southern California, where he served as an Executive Pastor for 6 years. He and his wife April live in Redmond, WA.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • “The church should be leading the charge in the way of technology, but many are far behind.”
  • “Churches who are remaining relevant see technology as incumbent to their continued growth—not as an add-on.”
  • “Millennials want something with a sense of belonging.”
  • “Millennials want to be part of something that impacts the world and is larger than themselves.”

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Leading Millennials in Your Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Sep 06 2019

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Rank #7: Five Hard Things Churches Must Do Right Now

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This season of isolation and social distancing has forced churches around the country to make hard decisions without an idea of what the other side holds. Listen in as Thom and Sam discuss the questions and best practices pastors are talking about right now on Church Answers and the five hard things churches must do right now.

  • Hit the reset button, not the pause button.
  • Keep as many employed as possible.
  • Experiment creatively
  • Stop complaining… now and forever. 
  • Comply with the government’s request not to gather

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Five Hard Things Churches Must Do Right Now appeared first on Church Answers.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #8: Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience

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The COVID-19 crisis has led churches to adopt a completely virtual format. These new platforms require pastors and leaders to evaluate and transform their normal styles of communicating with their audience. Thom and Sam give tips and best practices for speaking and preaching during this new era of gathering on today’s episode which was recorded from a Facebook Live event held last week.

Highlights:

  1. Look at the camera
  2. Dress appropriately
  3. Don’t recreate your live experience
  4. Get the right equipment
  5. Reminder: You’re on camera

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience appeared first on Church Answers.

Mar 24 2020

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Rank #9: Four Trends for Churches in 2020

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We are one month into 2020 and there is much we can learn about anticipated trends and how churches can begin to connect the dots and prepare for the future. While some trends you will expect, others will be new and our hope is that these four trends will be informative.

Highlights:

  1. Worship sizes will grow significantly smaller.
  2. There will be a significant increase in the number of worship services offered at times other than Sunday morning. 
  3. Church facilities will undergo dramatic transformation.
  4. Attendance will become a greater emphasis.

Other Highlights:

  • While average weekly attendance in worship will grow smaller this trend does not infer lower overall attendance.
  • The conversation among pastors is moving from size of worship space to quantity of worship opportunities. 
  • Thursday evening worship services may become a popular choice for creating a new service time.
  • As churches build smaller worship space they will often times concurrently build larger community and common space.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Four Trends for Churches in 2020 appeared first on Church Answers.

Jan 28 2020

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Rank #10: Three More Trends for Churches in 2020

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Thom and Sam continue their conversation from episode #610 examining major trends churches can anticipate and prepare for in the coming year. While some of these trends will seem familiar, others will be new with the hope all will be informative and helpful for church growth.

Highlights:

  1. Evangelism will return to its rightful place of importance and priority. 
  2. Fewer pastors and church staff members will be compensated full-time wages. 
  3. Fewer churches will align exclusively with denominations.

Other Highlights:

  • Churches will return to the basics and the call to the Great Commission. 
  • There are a number of pastors choosing to become marketplace vocational, staying within the context of community businesses and ministering part-time for the church. 
  • Contract work is a great opportunity for those who believe they may be called to ministry. 
  • As the gig economy grows, the number of full-time staff members will decrease. 
  • Many churches will identify with multiple organizations, networks, and denominations.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Three More Trends for Churches in 2020 appeared first on Church Answers.

Jan 31 2020

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Rank #11: Six Ways a Church Failed the Guest Friendliness Test

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Every church thinks they’re a guest friendly church. But as we discuss today, guest friendliness is not something at which every church excels.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Church signs need info on them, but there are really just three essentials: church name, worship times, website address.
  • If your church has a digital sign, you have to consider the length of the rotation of information.
  • Don’t think that “everyone knows ______” at your church because almost always, everyone doesn’t know.
  • Some churches aren’t just not guest friendly, they are also not guest desirous.

The six failures we discuss are:

  1. It had no website.
  2. No service times on sign.
  3. “Our church is always open.”
  4. “Everyone knows the times of our service.”
  5. Didn’t consider the impact of special events on guests.
  6. It failed to see the opportunities.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network


Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.


The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.


Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Six Ways a Church Failed the Guest Friendliness Test appeared first on Church Answers.

Jul 30 2019

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Rank #12: Five Updates on Pastoral Attire

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Pastoral attire seems to be a hot issue in almost every church. Today, we discuss the response to another recent podcast on the subject and provide a few updates.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There are a plethora of impassioned perspectives and opinions on the subject of pastoral attire.
  • Society is trending more casual when it comes to attire, and so are churches.
  • Even though more pastors are wearing jeans, many of them are still wearing blazers.
  • There is still a disconnect in church members’ expectations of weekday pastoral attire vs. worship service pastoral attire.

The five updates we discuss are:

  1. It is still trending casual.
  2. The tie is dying: Only 15% of pastors wear a tie.
  3. One-third of pastors wear jeans.
  4. 50% still wear a coat.
  5. Highly informal (shorts, t-shirts, etc.) is not catching on.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Five Updates on Pastoral Attire appeared first on Church Answers.

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #13: Five Problems with Too Many “Main Things” in a Church

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Today Thom and Sam discuss five problems of having too many “main things.” As the frequency of church attenders decreases you will depend on fewer people more frequently. Leaders will burn out those most committed to the church.

  1. Church members cannot focus on more than one or two priorities.
  2. There is a challenge with infrequent attenders
  3. A leader cannot emphasize multiple main things well.
  4. One or more of the main things will fade.
  5. Members will grow weary.

Other highlights:

  • People today are busy. Is it possible that the church is contributing to the busyness of people?
  • Lack of focus is not due to an impure heart but a result of too many ideas.
  • Churches are declining because of fewer attendants and members attending less frequently.
  • Ideas become less potent when there is a flood of ideas that are never implemented.
  • When everything is a priority, nothing is.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Five Problems with Too Many “Main Things” in a Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Nov 08 2019

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Rank #14: Six Ways Toxic Members Deter Invitations to Church

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When toxic members are present in a church, resources are spent on overcoming the fallout of toxic members. As a result, members are less likely to invite others to church. Today, we explain six reasons why.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Personal invitations to church are a great beginning point to get your church moving toward an outward focus.
  • New members and guests are often seen as threats to church bullies and toxic members because they can potentially upset the balance of power in the church.
  • Being a welcoming church requires a heart change, not just a change in actions.
  • Pastors are often hesitant to deal with toxic members because there is a fear for job security.

The six ways we discuss are:

  1. Members are not inclined to invite others to an unhealthy culture.
  2. Most toxic members do not like new people in the church because it dilutes their power base.
  3. Toxic members hinder the welcoming process for guests.
  4. Pastors are hesitant to encourage people to invite.
  5. Resources of time and energy are spent on toxicity rather than inviting.
  6. Toxic cultures reduce the volunteer base.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Six Ways Toxic Members Deter Invitations to Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #15: How Long Should Church Staff Members Stay after They Announce Their Resignations?

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There are many reasons a staff member may announce their resignation. There are an equal amount of questions as to how long the staff member should stay after they announce their resignation. Thom and Sam discuss this important question and share their thoughts about how to approach this situation.

Highlights:

  • It depends.
  • Retirements are usually different than resignations.
  • The reason for the departure is a big factor.
  • Resources for the interim period are factors as well.
  • Moral failure calls for immediate departure.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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Mar 03 2020

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Rank #16: Six Reasons Why the Minimization of Numerical Metrics Is Dangerous

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Metrics have a bad reputation in some churches. In others, they’re too much of the focus. Today, we discus why you should take a balanced approach to metrics.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There is a danger in churches becoming numerically obsessed. There is also a danger in churches neglecting numbers.
  • What gets measured gets accomplished.
  • Church health and church growth are not in opposition to one another, but they are not always congruent.
  • Churches shouldn’t see themselves as “a discipleship church” or “an evangelism church”—every church should be both.

The six reasons we discuss are:

  1. History has demonstrated the danger.
  2. It can absolve leaders and members of needed accountability.
  3. Sometimes it is an act of rationalization.
  4. Church health versus church growth are complementary, not contradictory.
  5. Discipleship and evangelism are not either/or choices.
  6. Churches typically have to err on the side of growth and evangelism to attain balance.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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Aug 16 2019

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Rank #17: The Temporary Normal including a Post-Coronavirus Facility Reopening Checklist from Smart Church Solutions

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In this edition of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam interview Tim Cool, founder and chief solutions officer of Smart Church Solutions. Tim shares his checklist for reopening your facilities in the post-coronavirus world.

  • What do you see remaining the same when churches return to in-person services?
  • What are some of the major changes you expect?
  • Why should a church even worry about getting ready to return to its facilities?
  • Tell us about the checklist you are providing?
  • What else do church leaders need to know?

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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Apr 28 2020

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Rank #18: Interview with Vance Pitman on the topic of his new book, Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live through You

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Vance Pitman is one of our favorite leaders. We are excited to share our recent interview with Vance as he shares his journey and the story behind his powerful new book, “Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live through You.”

Bio:

Vance Pitman is the pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, a church he planted in 2001. He speaks across America and around the world to inspire people to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying the church among every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. He lives outside Las Vegas, Nevada, with his family.

Highlights:

  • How did an Alabama boy end up in Las Vegas?
  • Every book has a story behind it. What is your story about Unburdened?
  • Why do so many Christians work so hard and get so tired trying to live for Jesus?
  • You emphasize relationships as being key to following Jesus. Expand on that.
  • What are some other key points that a reader will take away from Unburdened?

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The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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Feb 21 2020

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