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By Dave Travis | Church Innovation: Ideas to Implementation to Impact

Megachurches are rare in mid-Hudson region

Warren Bird, a researcher with the nonprofit Leadership Network and author of 29 books on large churches, said the Family Church in the Town of …

Why You Should Go to Church (Even If You’re Not Sure of Your Beliefs)

When it comes to religious institutions, Americans exhibit some contradiction between their beliefs and their actions.On the one hand, the vast …

Religion

Lexington Herald Leader

A video of a man preaching plays on a large screen projected in a dark room. Hundreds listen and focus on Chuck Mingo, the man giving the sermon, …

Faith

How one struggling East Nashville church found new life

Instead of continuing on as they always had, members of the former Lockeland Baptist Church decided to merge with a much larger Middle Tennessee …

What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

<i>Today’s post is a guest post by my executive assistant, Sarah Piercy, who in addition to working with me for the last 8 years, is a wife and young</i> …

Faith

6 Stones leads churches in transforming communities

Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.<br>The original …

Philanthropy

A West Side Resurrection - Rhode Island Monthly

A surprising Christian revival is bringing young people back to church.<p>It’s 10 a.m. on a warm autumn Sunday and the Feast Church is packed. It’s an …

Religion

What Would Jesus Disrupt? - Bloomberg

For two days, the crowd sits in darkness in plush theater seats, watching the church stage. There are smoke machines and LED screens, harnessed …

CUNY Journalism School

Why Churches Love to be Centralized

Think about your church for a minute. How are decisions made? Not the little ones, like who’s going to watch the two-year-olds next weekend, but the …

Leadership

What's Right About Megachurches

Tim League Refutes Netflix’s Reed Hastings On Movie Theater Innovation

The founder of the Alamo Drafthouse has some issues with Netflix's Hastings saying that the movie business hasn't innovated in the last 30 years.<p><i>The</i> …

Netflix

Struggling Village Baptist Church ponders takeover by Family Chur

West Palm Beach

The secret cultural imperatives of the “Most Admired Organizations in the “World” (#2 of a 2-part series)

<i>“What is the common secret to their success? The answer is their organizational culture. Their unique cultural imperatives provide a clear “roadmap”</i> …

Accenture

10 Things I Did Not Do that Improved My Congregation’s Singing

My congregation sings better than they did a year ago. I’ve been their worship leader for just over a year, and I’ve seen progress in their …

Music

Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends

Man has, in Aldous Huxley‘s phrase, “an infinite appetite for distraction.” Thus, our pastimes have evolved into weapons of mass distraction: …

Atheism

Succession Plans: Why Your Church Needs One

What would happen to your congregation if your pastor were suddenly no longer around?

Leadership

Scott Lencke: Evangelicalism’s World of Worship

First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, TN<b>Note from CM</b>: Today we hear from the evangelical world and get a glimpse at what’s happening in evangelical …

Theology

Melbourne 'megachurch' CityLife builds on past to move forward

During the past 50 years, CityLife church in suburban Melbourne has grown from about 12 people on a Sunday to more than 10,000 members within its …

Theology

5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening

It’s now been 25 years since my wife and I, along with my brother Jon and three friends from college, started Community Christian Church. During that …

Do you leave church reciting the sermon or singing the songs?

March 9, 2017 | by Alan Wilson<p>One Sunday a few years ago, the BBC broadcast a service from the famous Keswick Convention in the English Lake …

Theology

Book review: The Externally Focused Quest

March 5, 2017 | by Brian Thorstad<p>The challenge of turning an inwardly focused church into a vibrant, externally focused mission to its community is …

Book Reviews

Houston's First Baptist Church to buy downtown office building for expansion - Houston Business Journal

Houston’s First Baptist Church plans to buy a 40,000-square-foot office building at… more<p>Houston’s First Baptist Church is preparing to expand its …

Houston

The Importance of a Welcoming Church Environment for Newcomers

In Spring 2016, I had the opportunity to work on a research study that looked at effectively evangelistic churches. Using data from my own interviews …

Religion

Tim Keller Stepping Down as Redeemer Senior Pastor

The influential Reformed leader is moving away from his NYC pulpit as his church becomes three. Later this year, Redeemer Presbyterian will no longer …

Theology

Community rallies around pastor with inoperable brain tumor

BURLINGTON, Wash. - Community members gathered Friday evening at a prayer vigil for Pastor Dave Browning, who was just diagnosed with an inoperable …

Brain Tumors

9 Things Highly Effective Organizations Measure

In my previous blog post, “Is Your Church a High-Performing or Low-Performing Organization?”, I highlighted one of the key differences between high …

Leadership

A pastor in the Bible Belt opened his church to refugees. Here’s what happened

Pastor David Daniels didn’t really have a choice. The refugees were desperate. He could feel that. Their need was great. He could see that. But God was also talking and that, well, he could definitely hear.<p>So in 2015 he sponsored a Muslim family fleeing Syria and helped them settle in Fort Worth. …

New Jersey Megachurch Opens New Site on Montclair State University Campus

A New Jersey-based megachurch will soon have a presence on the Montclair State University campus, expanding its decades-old ministry in the …

Toward a National Renewal of Evangelism through the Local Church in Our Day

We need the fire for evangelism to spread across the Church in our day, but will it?<p>As I see it, there are at least four main barriers keeping the …

Theology