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Five Major Ways to Improve Your Worship Services

Podcast Episode #460 There are several things you can do in worship services to improve the experience for guests and members. Today we discuss five such things—four of which cost nothing. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Poorly done announcements can really derail a worship service. Video announcements can help eliminate that risk. The most strategic place to have a greeter is in the worship center talking to people who are already seated waiting on the service to start. Churches should avoid insider language because it confuses guests and makes them feel unwelcome. Keep these two principles in mind in your church: use what communicates best and what communicates to guests. The five improvements we discuss are: Use video announcements (Pro-Nounce) Allow for text questions after the sermon Make the offertory time meaningful Make certain no guests sit alone Avoid insider language Episode Sponsors Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church. For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com. The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Pro-Nounce ChurchAnswers.com The post Five Major Ways to Improve Your Worship Services appeared first on Church Answers.

23mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests

Podcast Episode #452 Guest friendliness has been a constant theme on this blog and podcast over the past few years. There’s even a book that came out of these discussions. Today, we look at a classic post on the subject and unpack several ways churches actually push guests away. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Most church members think the church is friendly—because members are friendly to one another. Safety and security of the children’s space at your church is of utmost importance—especially to guests. If your church has a welcome center, you need to actually staff the welcome center. Your church website needs to primarily focus on and highlight information for guests. The 10 items we discuss are: Having a stand up and greet one another time in the worship service. Unfriendly church members. Unsafe and unclean children’s area. No place to get information. Bad church website. Poor signage. Insider church language. Boring or bad service. Members telling guests that they were in their seat or pew. Dirty facilities. Episode Sponsors Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Becoming a Welcoming Church We Want You Here Church Facility Audit The post Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests appeared first on Church Answers.

22mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders

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 Shaping (Shifting) Culture Maintaining Motivation Establishing Default Settings 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: Steer: Eight Practices to Drive Leadership Joel Wayne 2020 Micro Consultations Church Vision Statement 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 Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders appeared first on Church Answers.

26mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Equipping Millennials in the Church

Podcast Episode #443 Chris Martin, the Millennial Evangelical, joins us to discuss Ministering to Millennials and how your church can better equip and engage Millennials. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Systematic theology and classical theological training are more popular with Millennials than previous generations. We are seeing more theological interest in laity from Millennials than other generations. The church is a family—it should act like one. It’s hard to hate someone you’re praying for. About Ministering to Millennials and Chris Martin What if I told you that you could fill your church with Millennials in three easy steps? I’d be lying, that’s what. What if I recommended you simply add some mood lighting to your worship, order some organic, fair trade coffee for your baristas, wear lots of plaid on stage, and then you’d have Millennials lining up to worship Jesus? Nope. Still lying. But what if I told you that by considering cultural trends and proclaiming the gospel, your church may have more opportunities to reach and equip Millennials than you do now? Now we might be onto something. Chris Martin is a content strategist at LifeWay Christian Resources, a co-founder of LifeWay Social, and leader of the youth at City Church in Murfreesboro, TN. He founded MillennialEvangelical.com in 2014 to help pastors better understand, reach, and equip Millennials. Episode Sponsors The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast MillennialEvangelical.com Ministering to Millennials The post Equipping Millennials in the Church appeared first on Church Answers.

22 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Six Seismic Shifts in Church Health

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: The local church emphasis in church revitalization The institutional emphasis in church revitalization The micro-movement The return to resource-led revitalization  The neighborhood church movement 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 SEBTS MA in Church Revitalization SEBTS MDIV in Church Revitalization SEBTS DMIN Church Growth and Revitalization Revitalize Network Revitalize Network Annual Meeting Church Answers Cornerstone Bible Church 2020 Micro Sign Up Pray and Go Church Answers Consulting Cosco & Associates 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.

29 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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How to Deal With an Angry Church Member

Podcast Episode #446 I get asked this question on nearly a daily basis. Pastors from all over are wanting to know how to deal with angry church members. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Responding to anger with more anger just escalates the situation. Sometimes people who are lashing out in anger just want to know they’ve been heard. Social media is not the place to try to end a heated argument. The visceral reaction is to argue with someone who is angry with us—the spiritual reaction is to pray for them. Sometimes pastors make decisions that make church members angry. It happens. The seven ways you can deal with an angry church member are: Don’t respond in anger. Listen and repeat. Consider bringing in a third party. Try to determine the source of the anger. Dispel any factual errors calmly. Offer possible solutions. Pray with the person. Episode Sponsors Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Dave Miller GoFundMe Drive The post How to Deal With an Angry Church Member appeared first on Church Answers.

21mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Four Major Changes in Preaching the Past Decade

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: More churches have multiple preachers/teachers. More churches expect preachers to preach in different venues or sites. Fewer churches expect preachers to preach two or more different sermons each week. More preachers are largely done preparing their sermons by Wednesday or Thursday. Resources mentioned in today’s podcast: Church Future Indicator How to Move Forward with Revitalizing a Church Webinar 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.

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25 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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Four Reasons Why Many Welcoming Churches Have Become Less Welcoming

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. Leaders in your welcoming ministry are not getting constant reminders. New members of your welcoming ministry have not been trained. Pastors are failing to check for themselves. 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: Becoming a Welcoming Church Secret Guest Survey 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.

21mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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The Six Most Simple Adjustments to Become a Welcoming Church

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: Check the website. Do a facility audit. Train a welcome team. Keep greeters in worship center. Paint a room. Get some inexpensive signs. Resources mentioned in today’s podcast: Revitalize2020.com RevitalizeNetwork.org Becoming a Welcoming Church Church Facility Audit 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.

22mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Leading Millennials in Your Church

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 Pushpay 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.

22mins

6 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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How to Do Staff Reviews

Podcast Episode #438 Staff reviews can be tricky for some pastors and church leaders. Today we discuss tips for doing those well. Some highlights from today’s episode include: A negative staff review should not be a surprise to the staff member. When setting goals for a staff member, they need to have input on the goals. Supervisors need to have a relationship with the person on staff that they are evaluating. If a staff issue is affecting the culture of the church or staff, it must be dealt with quickly. The seven issues we cover on this episode are: No single way The best review has no surprises Have the staff set goals and time lines Agree on a course of action to bridge gaps If the situation is difficult, have a second person lead the review with you Be consistent with reviews Keep careful written records, signed by both the pastor and staff Episode Sponsors Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Becoming a Welcoming Church We Want You Here Develop.me The post How to Do Staff Reviews appeared first on Church Answers.

23mins

5 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Eight Ways the Digital World Has Changed Local Church Ministry

Podcast Episode #442 Churches continue to be shaped by the changing digital world. Today, we discuss eight specific ways churches have been changed by technology and digital resources. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Online community is now just as important to people as their local community. We have a broadened definition of community because of online networks. Tweets can be taken down, but some can never be forgotten. If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it online. The digital world does away with geographical and denominational learning barriers. The eight ways the digital world has affected churches are: It has redefined the locale of community. Positively: It has given us greater information for prayer and ministry. Negatively: It has increased the snarky factor. It has made the website the front door. It has broken down both geographical and denominational barriers. It has changed daily office practices. It has raised the issue of the Internet church. It has both enhanced productivity and procrastination. Episode Sponsors Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Opening the Front Door: Worship and Church Growth The post Eight Ways the Digital World Has Changed Local Church Ministry appeared first on Church Answers.

24mins

19 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Nine Key Statistical Insights from Churches in 2018

Podcast Episode #456 Tony Morgan joins us to discuss statistical trends he’s finding in churches today and what those trends can mean for your church in the future. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Churches shouldn’t settle when it comes to attendance, but try to get members to become more regularly engaged. Building a bigger building might not the best way for your church to reach more people. Churches are starting to engage students as volunteers in ministry and seeing them connect better to the church as a result. When your church starts to track different metrics, it forces discussions on intentionality of service and evangelism. The nine statistical insights we discuss are: Churches are averaging 1.7% YOY attendance growth 18% of churches are multisite 45% of the congregation are serving monthly Average baptism rate is 6.4% (16:1 ratio) 60% of congregation are involved in groups Per capita giving is 47% 50% of budget is for staffing 1:61 staff to attendance ratio 56% of church staff are part time Episode Sponsors Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped hundreds of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church. For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com. The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast The Unstuck Group Vital Signs Unstuck Report The post Nine Key Statistical Insights from Churches in 2018 appeared first on Church Answers.

25mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience

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: Look at the camera Dress appropriately Don’t recreate your live experience Get the right equipment Reminder: You’re on camera Resources mentioned in today’s podcast: Church Future Indicator 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.

25mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Four Trends for Churches in 2020

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: Worship sizes will grow significantly smaller. There will be a significant increase in the number of worship services offered at times other than Sunday morning.  Church facilities will undergo dramatic transformation. 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: Church Answers Church Consultation University Revitalize 2020 Church of the Year Nominations Cosco & Associates 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.

21mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Three More Trends for Churches in 2020

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: Evangelism will return to its rightful place of importance and priority.  Fewer pastors and church staff members will be compensated full-time wages.  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: Rainer on Leadership – Episode #610 Church Consultation University Evangelism in the 21st Century Family Church – West Palm Beach, FL 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.

20mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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What to Do If You Are Exhausted from Doing Ministry

Podcast Episode #441 Ministry never stops. Because of this, it can be quite exhausting. Today, we discuss how to combat this exhaustion. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Try to do more things that energize you in ministry and fewer things that drain you. Too many pastors are people pleasers and spend too much time dealing with the squeaky wheels in ministry. Pastors and church staff should try to spend 20% of their time training others to do ministry. When you’re on vacation, visit other churches to get ideas and encouragement. The eight potential solutions we discuss today are: Take a break. Make certain you are spending time on those things for which you are passionate. Make certain you are not spending too much time on those things that drain you. Be cautious about the “energy vampires.” Allocate 20% of your time to equipping the saints. Visit other churches. Spend more time in prayer and the Word. Ask your spouse to give you guidance. Episode Sponsors The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Becoming a Welcoming Church The post What to Do If You Are Exhausted from Doing Ministry appeared first on Church Answers.

20mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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Why Poor Discipleship Is Such a Big Issue in Many Churches

Podcast Episode #465 Discipleship is something churches say they do, but also something they don’t always really understand. Today we explain why. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Too many church leaders either don’t under stand discipleship or don’t understand how to make it effective in the local church. How we do discipleship is often more confusing that what we do for discipleship. Discipleship is an ongoing process, not something that is finished when we complete a study. Church membership does not equal discipleship, but church attendance sure does affect it. Just because you are going to church, doesn’t mean you are growing at church. The seven reasons that we discuss today are: Lack of clear definition of discipleship Failure to see discipleship as a process Amount of time invested in the worship services The wide-open back door Failure to connect groups to discipleship Creating the false dichotomy of evangelism and discipleship Failure to emphasize daily Bible reading Episode Sponsors The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church. For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Simple Church The post Why Poor Discipleship Is Such a Big Issue in Many Churches appeared first on Church Answers.

23mins

7 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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Why People Don’t Invite Others to Church

Podcast Episode #459 A recent LifeWay Research study reported on the invite habits of American churchgoers. Today, we examine the results and discuss how to correct the problems. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers have invited someone to church in the last six months. Regular church attenders are more likely to invite others to join them than sporadic attenders. Pastors need to create an awareness and an atmosphere of inviting in their church. People will likely accept your invitation to church if you already have a relationship with them and offer to walk in/arrive with them. Episode Sponsors The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Invite Your One Invite Your One featuring Jeremy Roberts – Rainer on Leadership #284 Invite Cards The post Why People Don’t Invite Others to Church appeared first on Church Answers.

23mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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Five Consequences of the Pending Retirement of Boomer Pastors

Podcast Episode #451 Every single day, 1,000 Boomers are hitting retirement age. This includes Boomer pastors. Today we discuss the consequences of this reality and also highlight why many are choosing Interim Pastor University to prepare for their next stage of ministry. Some highlights from today’s episode include: More churches are starting to plan for pastoral succession because they’ve seen how other churches have failed with it. Thankfully, more churches are starting to raise up pastoral successors from within. The interim pastor role has changed over the past few years. It’s no longer primarily just pulpit supply. There is no set retirement age for pastors, but too many hang on too long. The five consequences we discuss are: There will be more pastoral vacancies than qualified candidates. More churches are giving thought to pastoral succession. More and more pastors are getting additional training for interim and bi-vocational positions. There is a mixed view on pastors staying at their current churches past retirement age. Some Boomer pastors will lead their churches toward mergers and acquisitions. Episode Sponsors The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today? Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv. Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church. If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information. 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. Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast Interim Pastor University The post Five Consequences of the Pending Retirement of Boomer Pastors appeared first on Church Answers.

21mins

20 Jul 2018

Rank #20