Tag Archives: church growth

The Church’s Hidden Back Door

Beef up outreach. Emphasize evangelism. Plant more churches. Polish the marketing. None of this is reversing the overall trend of church decline. Even when a church attracts new members it doesn’t grow. Why? It can’t add people fast enough to make up for the legions slipping out the back door. They are the Dones–those who […]

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Big Ways to Think Small

While some churches are shrinking into oblivion, others are growing into oblivion. Sometimes numerical growth squishes the very things that appealed to those who fueled the growth. This is often the case with new church plants that launch with fanfare but eventually dissipate. What happens? A commenter on my earlier article, “I’m Not Being Fed […]

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To Become the Best Church in Town

“Our church has the best youth ministry in town.” “Everybody knows we offer the best children’s ministry in the city.” “Our vision is to be the best church in the area.” Over the last ten years I’ve heard statements like these with increasing frequency. Is this a good thing? Does our desire to serve God […]

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Where the Church Is Booming

I just returned from a land where the church is booming. I found the conditions there fascinating. The Christian population may double in the next few years. The church is growing so fast no one really has an accurate current count. How is it thriving–with characteristics that most may find counter-intuitive? Almost all the churches […]

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