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There was a day not long ago, when sermon response was normally measured by raised hands and a trip to the altar. In the last 30 years these pracices have quietly slipped into disuse (especially in the North). In the meantime, many churches became more "anonymous" and unable to follow up on decisions in hopes that people would learn, benefit, and respond in their own way. . . .

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As has been indicated in the last two ChristWay Ministries “Ministry Methods” columns, all leaders are constantly involved in the process of obtaining, training, and maintaining ministry volunteers. Obtaining (locating and recruiting) people to serve in the church ministries is the foundational first step. Training (preparing them to succeed and make an impact) is also essential in helping the recruits sharpen their tools and effectively serve. However, unless the leaders understands and masters the art of maintaining, he will find...

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Most church members think that their church is friendly. In surveys taken during ChristWay Ministries' "Excelling Church Consultations" respondents consistently scored themselves and their church as being a "friendly church". But when the records are checked, there are often few unchurched visitors to their church services, and almost no unchurched visitors returning to join the church. . . .

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One of the great needs in most evangelical churches today is for a consistent ministry of evangelism and the "harvesting of souls". As I have dealt with many, many churches recently, the sad reality seems to be that few people are coming to faith in Christ in most churches. Even where evangelism efforts are being made consistently, the approach and methodology used is quite often ineffective and nonproductive. . . .

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The power and effects of friendship are impressive. Friendships are described in both Scripture and secular history as affecting people positively. True friends have always been there when their friends needed them. Most of us are willing to be inconvenienced or change our plans for a friend, and will certainly listen to a friend. . . .

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It was a church of less than 100 people. They had been plateaued and declining slightly for the last 10 years. Conversations with a variety of people revealed a common thread of frustration: "We spend a lot of time in meetings, but nothing ever seems to get done." The pastor confirmed that he and his flock talked a lot, but it seldom led to decisions being carried out. Unfortunately, this is a common condition in many churches today. Lots of...

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Everyone who leads a church ministry must be continually engaged in the process of obtaining (recruiting), training, and maintaining people. Whether they are laymen or pastors, every program needs people to staff the ministry efforts and carry out the teaching, serving, counseling, witnessing, or leading tasks involved. God has designed His church to depend on the involvement of every believer to accomplish its purpose on earth. Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12 speak clearly of the interdependency and necessity of...

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It is a fifty year old church, attended by about a hundred people. They have proudly preached the Word of God and spread the Gospel faithfully through the years. The first twenty years were especially exciting and the numerical fruit necessitated two building programs. The auditorium seats about 500 people and is located in a maturing suburban neighborhood. After a comfortable plateau period at 250-300 people, the congregation has gradually settled down to the current 100 attenders. A look at...

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When they returned north from their winter in Florida, Gertrude and Harry were appalled and angered by the fact that their church was now singing some songs from a screen in the sanctuary accompanied by a young man playing a guitar. Since the church had plateaued and was losing some of its young people, the pastor and deacons were slowly offering a more "blended" worship selection of music to be more sensitive to requests from younger members. In spite of...

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Senior saints aren't what they used to be! Someone has said, "sixty-five is the new forty." Fewer 65 year olds walk with canes or live sedentary lives than when their parents were 65. Today senior saints have much more living to do than their age group in recent past generations. Up until the 1950s, grandparents worked right alongside their children and grandchildren on the farm. Then with the promise of Social Security and pensions, Americans looked forward to "retiring and...

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