What Does it Take to Lead a Turn-Around Church? (Part 1)

As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions from pastors who are facing all sorts of ministry situations.  That’s one of the reasons I write this blog – to provide some answers when you’re not sure of your next steps. However, there are some issues that I haven’t faced personally or otherwise don’t feel as well-equipped to write … Read More


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What are the Top 3 Barriers to Church Growth? #2 – Self-Development

Yesterday I shared the first of the top three Growth Barriers that all churches face, regardless of size (click here for that post). The second barrier to growth in your church is: SELF-DEVELOPMENT The best definition of Self-Development that I’ve found is the combination of Leadership Ability and Spiritual Maturity. Ken Blanchard describes this concept when he says that a … Read More


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What are the Top 3 Barriers to Church Growth? #1 – Space

I’m in Jacksonville this morning – in the middle of the “Top 3 Growth Barriers Tour.” I’ve been traveling the country doing a series of “Senior Pastors Only” training events on the Top 3 Growth Barriers that every church faces, regardless of size.  I will be out on the West Coast next week – click here for more info. But … Read More


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Don’t Be the (Evangelism) Bottleneck

by Nelson Searcy and Tommy Duke Evangelism is one of the purposes of the church that we recognize as a high priority – I rarely hear from a Pastor who isn’t trying to reach more people for Christ. But sometimes, Pastors and their churches appear to be doing and saying all the right things, but they’re seeing little (if any) … Read More


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Overcoming the Myth of “That Will Never Work Here”

One of the greatest obstacles to your church growing, thriving and reaching its “full redemptive potential” is a short, 6-word phrase that has led to the plateau and ultimate decline of many a church: That will never work here because… If only I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that statement over the years – it’s normally followed … Read More


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Count What Counts – CLI Newsletter Rewind

One of the best parts of being a member of the “Church Leader Insights Family” is that each month you receive the CLI Newsletter, packed with the best church leadership content I can find. Here’s an article from Steven Furtick that was included in this month’s newsletter (in case you missed it): COUNT WHAT COUNTS “Here’s the distinction: it’s good … Read More


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How to Upgrade for Church Growth – Church Leader Insights Newsletter Rewind

Here’s one of the articles from this month’s CLI Newsletter. We pack each newsletter with the best content we can find.  Here’s a great example from Christian Standard: HOW UPGRADING YOUR CHURCH LEADS TO GROWTH “Excellence attracts people. When two championship contenders are playing, it’s hard to get a ticket. When you decide to go to the best restaurant in … Read More


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Igniting Growth In Your Church – Week 1 of 6

Today marks two weeks since the release of my latest book, Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church. I always say that leaders are readers – and thanks to leaders like you, Ignite has already begun to impact communities around the world. So, thanks for your passion and commitment to expanding God’s kingdom! I am kicking off a … Read More


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NEW PODCAST – Is it Possible to Double My Church in a Day?

Wow! October has been a busy month already (and we’re not even halfway through it yet). With that, you may not have had a chance to listen to this month’s Church Leader Insights podcast yet. In this month’s stretching podcast, I challenge you to dream about what God can do in your church through the proven evangelism process called “the … Read More


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The Great Growth Barrier Giveaway (Free Resource)

I hear from a lot of church leaders from one week to the next and I have heard a common theme lately that has me pretty excited. It’s a theme of faith, expectation and motivation, an understanding that God wants your church to grow and you want to do what it takes to cooperate with Him. I agree and I … Read More


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