Tag Archives: fearless conversation

Hopes for a Church Turnaround

What kinds of things give the American church hope for the future? In spite of declining trends, participants at the recent Future of the Church summit identified some clear strengths and opportunities for the church in North America. MISSION The stand-out strength, according to the participants, is the church’s central and unique mission. Perhaps that […]

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An Epiphany for Lecture-Loving Pastors

The evidence mounts. The lecture style of teaching produces inferior results. A study reported in Scientific American exposes, again, how academia’s hardened use of the lecture method is stifling learning and growth. The journal’s writer put in bluntly: “If you’re going to college and you’re going to a whole bunch of lecture classes that require […]

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Breaking the Moldy Sunday Mold

This city has one of the highest unchurched populations in the country. It may just foretell the future. And that may be a good thing. There’s an innovative church here that’s bucking the odds. It’s growing. And not just in numbers, but in life change and commitment to Christ. Union Church, in the middle of […]

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How Church Talk Turns Toxic

Sit down. Shut up. Listen. Agree or leave. Sadly, that’s the message many take away from church. And, sadly, they leave. And they don’t return. And too often, what’s left is an ethos of intimidation or “timidation”–the fear to talk about the touchy, but important, stuff of life and faith. In our book, Why Nobody […]

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Fear Not: Double Your Teaching Results

Here’s a guaranteed way to dramatically power-up your teaching and preaching. It works. But many teachers and preachers will reject it–before ever trying it. I’ve used this approach–with great effectiveness–for 40 years. It’s simple. It costs nothing. It’s described in our new book, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore. Here it is: Dialog. […]

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