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

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

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 …

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: …

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 …

Faith

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 …

Spirituality

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 …

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 …

Religion

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 …

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. …

Refugees

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 …

College & University

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

What happened when a black and white church merged in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The topic of the public lecture at the seminary was “The Bible and Race,” and the discussion had turned to “racial reconciliation,” buzzwords used for new efforts to heal old rifts.<p>What would it look like, one pastor wanted to know, for a church to actually become “racially …

Faith

Stott’s Simple—Yet Surprising—Productivity Secret

A 29-year-old John Stott was overwhelmed with his ministry responsibilities as Rector of All Souls Church.<p>How would all of his administrative tasks …

Productivity

When Big Personalities Lead Big Churches

You probably know that I love and work with churches of all sizes, including some very large churches. In fact, I strongly desire for all churches to …

Christianity

More projects, and less meetings, a better draw for churches

Closing churches and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated seems like pretty strong evidence that Christianity is going through some pretty dark …

Religion

Inside the Church Building of 2017

In church architecture, there are important movements that church leaders should consider before embarking on a church building project, a …

Theology

Does It Really Matter? How Generational Dynamics Impact Our Evangelism

How should generational dynamics affect evangelistic methods? Or we could put it this way: “How is reaching people over the age of 40 different from …

Religion

Helping People Create a Healthy Relationship with Money

By Chris Willard with Warren Bird<i>Growing your church and your people in generosity is important to you</i><i>—</i><i>and us. That’s why Leadership Network has</i> …

Money

Evaluate the Connection Potential of Your “First Step out of the Auditorium”

Most churches have already adopted, adapted or developed a “first step out of the auditorium” that is regularly promoted and held on a regular basis. …

Child Care

A Church for the Unemployed

<i>This photo essay features images of the NorthWest Bible Church’s Between Jobs Ministry in Spring, Texas, made by photographer Elizabeth Conley. Here’s what’s behind the essay, in her words:</i><p>While the nation has been enjoying the benefits of cheaper gas at the pump, oil-producing states have seen the …

Oil & Gas Industry

How Do Great Churches Develop Their Leaders?

Advance – January 17, 2017In this Issue…• Did You Miss the NINES? REPLAY January 24-25!<br>• Webinar: Keys for Identifying, Developing and Retaining …

Leadership