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One of the toughest parts of a pastor’s ministry is dealing with criticism. It is especially difficult when the critic hides behind the cowardly veil of “People are saying.” Kevin and Thom not only address the likely motive of the critic, but they also suggest ways to respond to the person. Understand that the person saying those words is a coward.…
 
It is cliche to say the world is changing. And it is cliche that churches are changing. But churches are indeed changing. Some of the changes were predictable, but some were not. Thom looks at three of the major changes most people did not see coming. In this third of three episodes, he looks at the dramatic decline of conversion growth in American…
 
It is cliche to say the world is changing. And it is cliche that churches are changing. But churches are indeed changing. Some of the changes were predictable, but some were not. Thom looks at three of the major changes most people did not see coming. In this second of three episodes, he looks at the rapid growth in the number of teaching pastors. …
 
It is cliche to say the world is changing. And it is cliche that churches are changing. But churches are indeed changing. Some of the changes were predictable, but some were not. Thom looks at three of the major changes most people did not see coming. In this first of three episodes, he looks at the surprising changes in church facilities. The mass…
 
In this episode, Thom and Kevin explore the issue every pastor and staff member will face at some point: leaving your church. This episode focuses largely on the steps and processes you need to take. Your type of departure determines how you should depart: retirement; resignation to go to another church; resignation but not going to another church,…
 
Kevin and Thom look five years into the future to project what good church leaders will look like then. They provide insights about some steps you can take now to be that great church leader. In part three, they remind church leaders that evangelism has waned in most churches, and it must return. Let the church know you personally prioritize evange…
 
Kevin and Thom look five years into the future to project what good church leaders will look like then. They provide insights about some steps you can take now to be that great church leader. In part two, they review the basics that have not changed, and why they must be the leader’s focus. Acts 6:4 is still the priority. Learn to lead your church …
 
Kevin and Thom look five years into the future to project what good church leaders will look like then. They provide insights about some steps you can take now to be that great church leader. In part one, they share what you need to know about this new culture to lead in it. It’s a post-cultural-Christian world. Your community or neighborhood must …
 
We often hear from church leaders who desire to know exactly what success looks like in a church revitalization. The word “success” is loaded and tends to evoke a lot of emotions. In this three-part series, Mark and Thom provide clarity and guidance about this term. In the third episode, they look at revitalization successes that cannot be precisel…
 
We often hear from church leaders who desire to know exactly what success looks like in a church revitalization. The word “success” is loaded and tends to evoke a lot of emotions. In this three-part series, Mark and Thom provide clarity and guidance about this term. In the second episode, they look at why numerical growth is not always a measure of…
 
We often hear from church leaders who desire to know exactly what success looks like in a church revitalization. The word “success” is loaded and tends to evoke a lot of emotions. In this three-part series, Mark and Thom provide clarity and guidance about this term. In the first episode, they look at myths of church revitalization success. 1. It’s …
 
In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at the new research from Church Answers detailing how churches are growing since the pandemic. In this third part, they provide an overview of five of the key actions churches are taking to grow in a post-COVID world. 1. Leading key church members to face reality 2. Developing a rhythm of conversion ou…
 
In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at new research from Church Answers detailing how churches are growing since the pandemic. In this second part, they provide insights into the attitudes of leaders among the growing churches. 1. The acceptance of reality 2. The focus on conversion growth 3. A renewed focus on the community 4. Walking a…
 
In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at new research from Church Answers detailing how churches are growing since the pandemic. In this first part, they provide an overview of the research and the primary characteristics of the “other” churches — churches that are declining. 1. The nature of the research. 2. A review of issues of accelera…
 
In this three-part series, Mark and Thom look at nine of the greatest fears of those leading church revitalization. These issues apply to those already leading revitalization and those considering revitalization. They will do a deep dive on three issues in this special series. Overcoming the Fears of Impatience, Finance, and Burnout 1. Overcoming t…
 
In this three-part series, Mark and Thom look at nine of the greatest fears of those leading church revitalization. These issues apply to those already leading revitalization and those considering revitalization. They will do a deep dive on three issues in this special series. Overcoming the Fears of Inadequacy, Conflict, and Misalignment 1. Overco…
 
In this three-part series, Mark and Thom look at nine of the greatest fears of those leading church revitalization. These issues apply to those already leading revitalization and those considering revitalization. They will do a deep dive on three issues in each of the next three episodes. Overcoming the Fears of Failure, Comparisons, and Loneliness…
 
One of the most common questions we get in church revitalization is: “How can we get extra funding to help our church? In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at three ways to get extra income that are not often utilized by churches. In part 3, they examine the idea of the church having a massive garage sale. 1. Usually one and done (but it …
 
One of the most common questions we get in church revitalization is: “How can we get extra funding to help our church? In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at three ways to get extra income that are not often utilized by churches. In part 2, they examine the idea of planned giving in the church. 1. Our definition of planned giving: from a…
 
One of the most common questions we get in church revitalization is: “How can we get extra funding to help our church? In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at three ways to get extra income that are not often utilized by churches. In part 1, they examine the idea of leasing part of the church facility. 1. Leasing to another church. 2. Lea…
 
There is a plethora of information about churches facing a new pace of change due to COVID. There are many conversations about attendance declines. In this episode, Kevin and Thom look at five consequences for churches that don’t get much attention. You might be surprised. 1. More leaders are leading from a posture of fear. 2. Programs and ministri…
 
Based on trends in 2021 and thus far in 2022, Kevin and Thom are able to pinpoint some key characteristics of churches that are in decline in 2022. 1. We are seeing a direct correlation to the length of time a church did not hold in-person services and attendance decline. 2. Simply stated, a declining church is often a church that ignores the Great…
 
Mark and Thom look at some of the unspoken but very real issues in church revitalization. They confront the reality of the issue and then offer a pathway to deal with it. In this third of three episodes, they examine the challenge of realizing you aren’t the leader you thought you were. Confession is good, but be wise who hears your confession. Mak…
 
Mark and Thom look at some of the unspoken but very real issues in church revitalization. They confront the reality of the issue and then offer a pathway to deal with it. In this second of three episodes, they examine the challenge a revitalization leader has when he thinks the denomination or network is not supportive. No denomination will ever gi…
 
Mark and Thom look at some of the unspoken but very real issues in church revitalization. They confront the reality of the issue and then offer a pathway to deal with it. In this first of three episodes, they examine the challenge when a spouse wants to leave a church but the pastor or staff member does not. The underlying issue or issues must be a…
 
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