Considered the preeiminent church consultant of the last century, Lyle Schaller passed away on March 18 this year at 91. If there were one, he would win the Guinness Book of World Records award for most parishes consulted – with thousands and thousands of visits! Here’s a snapshot of some ideas we can glean from Schaller that I shared recently with my Renegade Pastors Network:
- We have to prepare for the future as it will be not as we want it to be. Discern the times – study trends and demographic changes – and adapt your teaching to fit those needs.
- Consistently view our church through fresh eyes.
- Rule of 44. Schaller had an entire series of books on “44 ways to…” Some to check out include 44 Ways to Increase Church Attendance and 44 Questions for Church Planters.
- Rule of mind storming. You may have heard of brainstorming – writing out multiple solutions to a problem; this is usually done with a group. Mindstorming is you alone thinking of ideas, as many as possible. Settle for no less than 20 ideas.
Your partner in ministry,
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