The Three Second Rule

It happened again. Great worship was happening and then … nothing. Silence Dead air time Squirrel!!! Let’s be honest here … if the radio (or your favorite online...

Mistakes I Hope to Make In 2020

Sometimes the best mistakes are premeditated. We can sometimes assume that to lose in any way is a horrible thing that must be avoided...

Mastering Tough Decisions

According to John Maxwell - everything rises and falls on leadership. Leadership consists of making decisions. Decisions are the genesis of progress and forward...

Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America

Multiple voices have articulated a burden for this area, and they are no longer distant and inaudible. Many of these leaders grew up in...

Five Ways to Develop Margin in Your Life

If you look up the definition of margin, you’ll get a few different answers. The edge or border of something. The amount by which...

7 Helpful Skills for Pastors Who Want to Grow Churches

I came close to titling these “essential” skills, but I knew that was unfair. God grows churches and He works through all different types...

Dealing with Critics

How can a church planter deal with critics and criticism within the church? In this quick video, Jeff Hoglen shares 3 tips on dealing with...

Get Visitors Back

We get asked about how to turn visitors into returning guests pretty regularly. Over the years, we’ve been gathering some of the best ideas...

4 Conversations You Probably Need to Have with the Worship Leader

If I asked 100 lead pastors what is the staff or volunteer position that is most difficult to work with, how many do you...

4 Reasons Rural Churches Should Consider Going Multisite

The following post was written by Brett Bixby and was originally posted on Travis Stephen's website - travisstephens.me There are lots of multisite churches in...

Help, No One Wants to Volunteer at My Church

As people continue to get busier and commitment to the church continues to decrease, it’s become harder and harder to convince people to volunteer...

A Leadership Experiment – The Little Things Matter

In making the first impression, the little things matter. When a visitor shows up on one of our church campuses for the first time, the...

How to make a difference in your city

Did you know Jesus has a plan for you in the city He has sent you to?  In Luke 8:26-38, a once demon-possessed man is...

Replanting…

Dictionary.com defines replanting: “To plant (something) again or in a new place…” With regards to a church replant, a church avoids permanent death by recognizing...

Not Being Nice for the Sake of the Gospel

The following is one of Bill Easums most asked-for blog posts.  It was written two decades ago, but it is still as relevant today...

Growth By Accident. Death By Committee.

“Yeah, the weirdest thing. Everything seemed to be going well, at least it looked that way on the surface to us. We went away...

Vibe. Yep, It’s Vital.

How aware are you of your church’s vibe? And if we do this in the context of a community of believers, we either create...

The Art of Resilience

How easily do you bounce back from a disappointment? What is your reaction to change?

Mistakes In Outreach – Reluctance to Start.

This is an entry in a series of blog posts entitled - Mistakes in Outreach. When it comes to applying all of this—in beginning...

Why You MUST Replant Your Church Every January (and how to...

Years ago, the brilliant church analyst Lyle Schaller noted, “…dozens of surveys have demonstrated that rapidly growing congregations tend to be churches with long pastorates,...