Holiday Pictures (Repost)


One of the things you need to ask yourself as you look at your church family is “what do we have?” What talents are available in my congregation. As its not officially the holiday season, do you have a photographer? Why not offer free holiday pictures for Christmas Cards. When they show up for the picture, off to email the pictures to them (where they can opt in for future updates about your church – completely optional) or you can simply burn them to a CD and let them take the CD with them. With the low price of CDs this costs the church almost nothing and can be a great ice breaker. Now when everyone asks, “where did you have these photos taken they can answer the name of your church.” The photographer may pick up some extra business.

Free book The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask available on the Kindle for free for the next 10 days. If you have people who are afraid that they me “stumped” by someone this is a great read. I mentioned this book in a previous blog post.

Lastly, don’t let fear stop you from reaching out. You may take precaution, but do not fear stop you in your tracks.

Is Jargon Blocking You From Connecting?


Today I talk about a “Traditional” service and was surprised at how confused I was when I left the service. The entire thing was scripted (no room for the holy spirit to improvise), and it just seemed “cold.” After all if all the words were in the program, I could’ve taken it home and read it.

blahThere was a ton of what I will call Jargon (the biggest one was Strepitus). If you’re audience has to focus on how you are saying things, they will never be able to focus on WHAT you are saying. You need to provide the gospel in a way that allows them to see how it can change their life, and how it can be implemented. We get hung up on how the music works with the message, but at the end we need to determine what do we want people to do with the message?

I just know walking out, I now have a much better understanding of why people in their 20’s are abandoning traditional services.

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Tony Morgan’s Trends in Growing Churches


Tony Morgan’s Trends in Growing Churches 36Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. He’s a consultant, leadership coach and writer who helps churches get unstuck and have a bigger impact.

I found a post of his that pointed out 36 trends of growing churches. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Priority in pointing people to a relationship with Jesus
  • Intentional strategy to reach people outside the faith
  • Path for new believers to take their first steps

(In general there is a lot of planning, and thinking ahead. There is a focus on sharing the vision of the church. If everyone knows where they are going, they are more than likely to move forward with you).

  • Bible-centered teaching that addresses real life topics
  • Missions and evangelism aren’t programs–it’s a lifestyle

You can read the full list  here (and check out his blog – its awesome)

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Dave Jackson Interviewed on 200 Churches Podcast


200 ChurchesI recently appeared on the 200 churches podcast (a great podcast for people in churches of 200 members or less). I talk about the differences between small and mega churches as I attend both. Jeff and Johnny are great guys who have a passion for ministry and reaching the lost. You can find them at as well as subscribe to the 200 churches in iTunes

Lessons Your Church Can Learn From Howard Stern


Howard Stern is a Shock Jock known for his revealing interviews and comments. He loved to push the envelope while on terrestrial radio. He was fined by the FCC while at the same time being umber one in multiple markets across the USA. Eventually he was given a giant contract to move to Sirius Satellite Radio. At the top of his game, Howard had a movie made about his rise to stardom. Today I plahoward-sterny a clip from the movie that explains that the reason most people listened is they had no idea what was coming next.

Compare that to most churches who are not growing and you will find the phrase, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” This is the kiss of death to a church. The Word is alive, but your church is dead to new ideas of presenting the word to a new audience. It is embarrassing how connected we get to the old way.

Moving the Announcements – Not So Fast

I once wanted to move the announcements to the end of the service. After all you’re asking a visitor to attend something and they haven’t even figure out if they like your church yet. So I thought, “Let’s move it and see how it works.” It didn’t seem like it should be a big deal. It turned out to be a huge deal. Why? Because we’ve always done the announcements at the beginning, and they’ve always been read by the church clerk. I finally had to let one person read HER announcement . I could read the rest. To this I ask, if its all about YOU, then it’s not about HIM.

I’ve heard of churches who had to move the organ off the stage (as the organist had died and there was no replacement) a foot a week so that nobody go startled when the organ disappeared (even though it wasn’t or hadn’t been used in some time).

What Will Never Change

Preach the gospel. Provide a bible based lesson that will connect with your audience. God never changes, but how he is presented will continue to change over time. If it didn’t we would still be sharing the gospel verbally having to remember the whole thing.