Monday is For Follow-up: Creating Sticky Situations

If you want your second-timers to stick – and we know you do – you must understand that relationships are the glue. Connections with the Body of Christ are the most effective adhesive for keeping your guests and your church bound together. So how can your help your second-time guests form these important connections? By getting them involved in sticky situations.

We have discovered three effective engagement opportunities that give people the best possible chance to be comfortable getting involved: small groups, fun events and service teams. – Nelson Searcy

(the above quote is from p. 122 of Fusion by Nelson Searcy)

What will you be doing today to encourage your second-time guests?

Assimilation-Seminar-collageThere IS a proven process to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

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Posted On: July 25, 2016
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C.S. Lewis on a Good Rule for Reading

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“It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.”
- C.S. Lewis

Posted On: July 23, 2016
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Keys to Worship Planning: The Ultimate Goal

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“Repentance is the ultimate goal of worship, which makes it the number one priority of our worship planning system. Everything we do is designed to call people to repentance.”        

              - Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley

The above quote is from p. 35 of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services.

Engage is your step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning creative worship services that allow for true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.

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Posted On: July 22, 2016
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Age and Religious Identity in America

xW_eWvG7Today’s guest post comes to us from Michael Lipka, a Senior Editor at Pew Research Center.

The U.S. religious landscape is already in the midst of some dramatic changes when it comes to the growth or decline of people with certain religious identities. And while it is impossible to predict exactly how that landscape will shift in the future, some key demographic factors — particularly age — can provide a clue as to how things might unfold in the coming decades.

For example, religious groups whose members are younger may be more likely to grow, not only because those members will live longer, but also because more of them are still of childbearing age (and thus have a greater chance of passing on their religion to their descendants).

With this in mind, some of the groups that have already been growing in recent years may be primed for continued growth. This includes people with no religious affiliation: The median age of adults who say their religion is “nothing in particular” is 38, while for atheists and agnostics it is 34.

Overall, these three groups together (often called religious “nones”) have a median age of 36 – fully a decade younger than the median age of U.S. adults overall (46), according to data from our 2014 Religious Landscape Study.

Members of some non-Christian faiths also are very young – U.S. Muslims and Hindus in the survey each have a median age of 33. About four-in-ten Muslim adults in the U.S. are under the age of 30, and nine-in-ten Hindu adults are under 50.

At the other end of the spectrum, members of two Presbyterian denominations are among the oldest of the 30 religious groups we were able to analyze, which include Protestant denominations, other religious groups and the three categories of people who are religiously unaffiliated. The median age of adults who identify with the Presbyterian Church in America (an evangelical denomination) and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (a mainline denomination) is 59 for each group, identical to the median for members of the mainline United Church of Christ.

Only about one-in-ten adults in these denominations are under the age of 30; the same is true of Anglicans, United Methodists and Episcopalians and members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Mormons, Orthodox Christians and Seventh-day Adventists, meanwhile, are relatively young compared with most other Christian groups.

Of course, age is not the only factor in future growth patterns of religious groups, meaning that younger groups may not necessarily grow (and older groups may not shrink) as a share of the population. Fertility rates, religious switching, immigration and other factors also come into play.

Click here to read the entire article.

Your partner in ministry,

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Posted On: July 21, 2016
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How to Use a BIG Day in Your Church (Boot Camp Week EXCLUSIVE)

This week I’m focused on Evangelism. How can I help you:

Double your attendance? 

Mobilize your church for evangelism?

Equip your people to reach more people for Christ?

You see this week I’m leading our Church Systems Check-up and Boot Camp. Our theme is “reaching the unchurched.” Since you’re unable to be here, I want to share with you one of the most powerful ways I know to reach people and that’s through the “Power of a Big Day.

Just what is a Big Day? It’s an all-out push toward a single Sunday for the purpose of breaking the next growth barrier and setting an attendance record in order to reach as many people as possible for Jesus.

My coaching networks have seen the Big Day help their churches across the country – we have watched churches running 65-70 break 100 through a Big Day, churches running 360-380 break 500 through a Big Day, and churches running 700-800 break 1,000! So think about what’s possible in your church.

I want to help you achieve that and break through your next growth barrier sooner rather than later so…

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This three hour seminar will teach the proven principles that I’ve identified, honed and tested over the last decade – it’s been called “the ultimate how-to training for pastors who want to bring more first time guests through the doors and reach more people for Jesus!”

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  • How to excite your people, even if they’ve not been motivated in the past
  • How to influence your leaders to reach out to the community
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I hope you’ll take advantage of this 60% OFF opportunity as we celebrate evangelism this week — and discover how to harness the power of the Big Day to see more lives transformed!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

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Posted On: July 20, 2016
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Dimensions of Church Growth

milleyToday’s post comes to us from Dr. Garry E. Milley, columnist for Christian Week and author of An Inconvenient Cross: Proclaiming Christ Crucified. Garry is also the Lead Pastor of Church in Oaks in London, Ontario.

I wanted to call this article “On Introducing Change” but decided against it because, as Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” But change is another word for growth and everyone is in favour of growth.

Luke 2:52 reads: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and people.” Luke’s outline may be used to describe four dimensions of Church growth. Christians need to develop strategies for intellectual, numerical, spiritual, and relational growth.

Intellectual growth

Here lies the primary responsibility of pastors as teachers and under-shepherds of God’s flock. Their duties are to feed the flock so it may grow. Additional volunteer ministries such as Life Groups leaders, Sunday school workers, and teaching elders contribute to this ministry.

Participation in study retreats, conferences, Bible studies, and small groups increase the probability of the church growing in the knowledge of the Lord. Of course, we must not turn out intelligent church members who do not know right from wrong.

Theology must be balanced by ethics. What we know must be integrated into life. Yet, if wisdom is the application of knowledge, then intellectual growth is needed in the church.

Numerical growth

Numerical growth is desirable and mandatory if we are going to connect people with God, each other, our city, and our world. There is something unconvincing when someone insists, “Oh yes, we’re small, but we’re good.” We all wish to ask, “If you’re so good, how come you’re so small?”

Numbers are not always the measure of success. Yet, just as Jesus grew in stature, the body of Christ needs to grow numerically. The church is not a museum for keeping a few pure saints under glass for all to see. It is an ark in which both clean and unclean animals are being saved.

Keeping the church small in the name of purity may reflect an absence of a revival theology, a lack of boldness in witness, and an excuse for disregarding the great commission.

Click here to read about the other two dimensions.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – And one of the critical ways to achieve maximum growth is through healthy systems!

Like the human body, your church body functions best (and as intended) with optimized and healthy systems. By identifying and upgrading your church’s systems you’ll be able to reach more people and make stronger disciples.

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Posted On: July 19, 2016
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Monday is for Follow-up: Encouraging Second-Time Guests

When your second-time guests walk through your door, they unknowingly come face to face with a fork in the road. Four to six months from that moment, they will either be assimilated into your church or they will be gone – far from the church and likely far from any kind of relationship with Jesus. Your job is to guide them in the right direction with the opportunities and encouragement that are essential to their continued journey while you have the chance.Nelson Searcy

(the above quote is from p. 120 of Fusion by Nelson Searcy)

What will you be doing today to encourage your second-time guests?

Assimilation-Seminar-collageThere IS a proven process to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Multiple package options available to fit your budget – Click here to choose from Download, CD or DVD! Plus save up to 90% with Early Release bonuses – Hurry, opportunity ends soon!

Posted On: July 18, 2016
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William Tyndale on the Church

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“The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it.”
-William Tyndale

Posted On: July 16, 2016
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Keys to Worship Planning: Seven Principles

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“At The Journey, we have established seven principles of life-changing worship, built around the acrostic WORSHIP. These seven principles works together to define our philosophy of worship; they are the core values for how we do worship planning. Not to mention, they are also constant, action-oriented reminders that protect us from settling into a status quo.

Work as a Team

Outline your Preaching Calendar

Repentance is the Goal of Worship

Sunday Matters

Honor God through Excellence

Invite People to Take Next Steps

Planning Honors God”        

              - Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley

The above quote is from p. 32 of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services.

Engage is your step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning creative worship services that allow for true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.

Click here to grab your copy for just $1.00 (shipping included!)

Posted On: July 15, 2016
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Becoming a Global Christian and Developing Your Heart for the Lost

globes-largeToday’s guest post comes to us from Karen Coleman for Eternal Perspectives with Randy Alcorn. Karen and her family spent 23 years in Cameroon, West Africa doing missions work.

It might come as a surprise to some, but if you do a Bible search for the words “mission” or “missionary”, you aren’t going to find much. To understand the role of believers in reaching the world, we have to dig a little deeper.

The heart of missions, when we get down to it, is God’s heart for lost people. It’s the Gospel, the Good News of Christ’s completed work for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection. And it’s not just for people who look like us, speak like us, or live near us. It’s for everyone.

So how can you become a more “Global Christian,” that is, someone who thinks and loves like God, who has God’s heart for the world and the lost? (Obviously, by that definition, every Christian should strive to be a Global Christian!)

1. As you read the Bible, mark any passage that relates to world ministry. I have “WM” marked all through my Bible. For example, The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 and the “Be my witnesses” passage in Acts 1:7-8 come to mind quickly. But world ministry goes all the way back to Genesis 3:15, the prophesy of crushing the serpent’s heel, and Genesis 12 in the Abrahamic Covenant, where God promises to bless all the families of the earth through Abraham’s line. With hindsight, we now know both of those passages are references to Christ Himself—the seeds of the Gospel in Genesis!

Proverbs 24:11-12 speaks of rescuing those who are being taken away to death. Isaiah 9 tells us of the Child who comes to bring light and joy, as well as justice and righteousness. With an eye for this, you will start to see the ministry of God to the world everywhere in His Word.

2. Meditate on and memorize passages that have to do with God’s heart for the world. Here are some of my favorites to get you started:

    • Jesus was arguably the first missionary. Read His own words in John 4:31-38 (“The fields are white for harvest…”) and Matthew 9:37-38 (“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”).
    • Paul—another pretty famous missionary— said in 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 that he became all things to all people, that by all means he might save some.
    • Revelation 5:9-10 tells us there will be people in Heaven from “every tribe and language and people and nation…”

3. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance. It’s worth noting that after Jesus told His disciples to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers, He sent them. He intends for us to have a heart that cares for the world around us, and instructed His followers to pray to that end.

Click here to read the entire article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

 

Posted On: July 13, 2016
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