Leadership

Helping churches grow as they continue to multiply.

I was born into “Christian America.” But now reside in a post-Christian culture. Last month the Pew Foundation reported a further decline in Christianity. Just 63 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians, down from 75 percent a decade ago and 90 percent in 1950. What are we to do as our slice of the pie …

Prevailing In the Hard Place Read More »

China went soft on churches—for four decades. Then came a different government. Things are tougher now for all faiths, especially Christians. Not just tougher but much tougher. Members arrested. Buildings demolished. Even the Three-Self state ordained churches are under attack. So, what happens in circumstances like these? Basically, the church adapts. I just saw a …

When Push Comes to Shove Read More »

Think you’re too small? Think again! How would you function if your church maxed at 80 people, shrunk back to 20 and then swelled again to 80 and did that repeatedly for 35 years? Some would give up, but not John Bacigalupo. Dyslexic, he cheated his way into the U.S. Marine Corps (click the 3-minute …

Never Too Small to Multiply Read More »

You’ve seen the bell curve representing change: But, have you noticed the gap between innovators/early adopters and The early majority? It is in this space where leaders encounter opposition and polarization. So let’s look at seven steps we can take to escape polarization in this stumbling zone. 1 Map Potential Responses Prior To Finalizing Your …

Motivation: 7 Tools to Prevent Polarization in the Chasm of Change Read More »

Will the U.S. Church Survive? If So, In What Shape? Someone responded to a recent blog with two painful questions: At the present rate of “growth,” how long will Christianity survive in the U.S.? At the current rate of “growth,” what kind of churches will be left in 10-15 years? Our Growth is Negative For …

The Incredible Shrinking Church Read More »

My high school youth pastor recently surprised me with a text. I’m thrilled at the connection after many years. Since I’m so old, I imagine he’s in his eighties by now. In responding to that initial text, I began thinking about how much I owe him. Put another way, if you’re reading this, it includes …

A Belated Thank-you to My Youth Pastor Read More »

Most U.S. churches are in some stage of a physical return to the meeting place. And we’re not alone. Similar trends occur across our culture. Consumer and retail footfall to businesses has increased by 80 percent, travel and logistics are up 50 percent, and pharmaceutical and healthcare are up 10 percent. Church leaders have good …

Strategically Emerging from COVID-19 Read More »