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What is a church to do when the ministry slows to a crawl while time and energy is being sapped away by criticial spirits, willful sin, and conflicts between people? . . .

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Most of us have heard that the days of going to the homes of prospects or the unchurched are over. Some workshop speakers and writers have said, "Visitation just doesn't work anymore!" and "People don't like to be visited." So, we should ask the question, "Are they correct, or is there still a place for visitation?" Can a church effectively utilize the method of home visitation today? . . .

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The church has been declining gradually for a few years. There has been a change of senior pastors, followed by a few months of "come-back growth" as some who had left or become sporadic in attendance return to more consistency. There appears to be a proliferation of church programs, events, and ministries attended by the most interested or most highly committed. While there is a pleasant atmosphere among the people, the church staff and core leaders are tired and over...

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In part one of this article the characteristics of an unfocused church were outlined and described. Many individuals and their churches are reaping the discouraging results of being unfocused and wandering about being "faithful" to traditions and programs that seem to no longer produce fruit for God. But it is possible to see clearly and channel our energy and resources toward achieving what should be accomplished. This brings satisfaction and excitement to a life or church. Part two of "Staying...

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The longtime church member calmly stated, "I can't say that our lack of growth bothers me. I remember how it was ten or twelve years ago when we had visitors and new members flocking in here. We had to go to two services on Sunday morning and it was hectic. The music and several other things were changed as well. Now that we have been able to go back to one service, and there are very few new people, things...

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As a youth, I distinctly remember an elderly relative often saying, "It's tough to get old." I respectfully listened, but gave it little thought. Now that I officially qualify as "elderly" (71 years old) and am what some call a "senior saint", what my relative used to say comes into better focus. But if he was really right, then what does "The glory of the young is their strength; and the grey hair of experience is the splendor of the...

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The scene is repeated across the country every Sunday morning. It is about 10 minutes before the worship service is to start. In the church foyer, we notice an individual that has not been seen here at the church before. He is standing there nervously looking around, not sure of what to do next. A stern looking gentleman in coat and tie thrusts a bulletin into his hand and mutters, "Good morning", and then moves on to hand out more...

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Leadership is an ability that is desired by most people on some level in their life. Some wives wish their husbands were leaders in the home. Church members desire leadership from their pastor. And pastors often lament the fact that it is difficult to raise up leaders from their congregation to share in the leadership load at the church. Leadership is essential for the health and growth of any organization or group. . . .

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In a conversation with a pastor of a church in which only 5% of its visitors return, I suggest that he utilize "greeters" in the foyer. The response is often, "Yes, we do that. We have a team of ushers." This may sound like they have tried the greeter idea and it doesn't help solve the situation of non-returning visitors. But are ushers and greeters the same? This church consultant's experience is that most of the time, traditional "ushers" and...

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Someone has said that on this earth..." The only thing certain about change is that there will be change!" The longer one lives, the more likely they are to agree. While God and His Word are unchangeable, the earthly world and human experience are filled with change. So how can we understand change and thrive for God in it? . . .

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