10 Year Planning

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What do you think God wants the body life of your church to look like in ten years?  The same as it does now? Hopefully not! In order to grow, either spiritually or numerically, you need to have a plan of how to get from Point A to Point B. This plan shouldn’t be a “secret plan” but should be known by the staff and elders … and even the congregation.

 

5 Characteristics of Church Staff Teams that Break the 1,000 Barrier

September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 Characteristics of Church Staff Teams that Break the 1,000 Barrier

Rich Birch will be a featured speaker at the 2018 XP-Seminar. Enjoy this great article from him ... and join us at the Seminar. Rich has plenty of experience in ministry, business and coaching pastors. [...]

Strategic Alignment Unleashes the Church

August 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Strategic Alignment Unleashes the Church

While circulating in our church atrium, greeting people as they strolled in for Sunday worship, a woman came up to me and timidly asked, “Do you remember me?” I had to apologize for not recognizing [...]

Five Commandments of Pastoral Succession Planning

September 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Five Commandments of Pastoral Succession Planning

The truth is that we are all interim pastors. There will come a day when you are no longer the pastor of your church. The key to a successful pastoral succession plan is to start [...]

Succession Thoughts

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Succession Thoughts

Jeff Jones succeeded Gene Getz---the founder of the Bible Fellowship Church movement---as the Senior Pastor of the Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas. Their transition was a smooth, well-planned process.  Below are some thoughts from Jeff [...]

The Facility Challenge in Church Planting

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Facility Challenge in Church Planting

In May 2006, the rented building that our 2-year-old church plant was using was no longer available to us. We were given two weeks to vacate and secure a new location, suitable for 200 people [...]

Exit of a Founding Pastor

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Exit of a Founding Pastor

One of the greatest challenges in the business world is the exit of the founder of a corporation. Consider the words of Professor Noam Wasserman of the Harvard Business School: "My research focuses on founder frustrations in [...]

Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Succession Plan: A 20-Year Transition

In the year 1990, when Nicholas Smith was 8 years old, Bethany Baptist Church of Lindenwold, New Jersey had 29 active members. In the year 2003, Bethany Baptist had 16,500 members, Nicholas was 23 years old and [...]

Stonebriar Community Church: Adding a Third Service, Part II

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Stonebriar Community Church: Adding a Third Service, Part II

In the Stonebriar Community Church Case Study, the decision of Dr. Charles Swindoll to add a third service at 8:00 on Sunday morning was introduced. Chuck, as he likes to be called, had informed his Executive Pastor, [...]

Stonebriar Community Church: The XP and Church Growth, Part I

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Stonebriar Community Church: The XP and Church Growth, Part I

In January 2004, Dr. Charles Swindoll, Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, announced his decision to David Chavanne, the church’s Senior Executive Pastor. The internationally known radio preacher, who likes to be called “Chuck,” had decided that Stonebriar [...]

When to Finance or Not: Are You Ready For Debt?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on When to Finance or Not: Are You Ready For Debt?

The attendance is climbing and the membership is growing. Each Sunday you notice there are fewer empty seats. With three services already in place, you wonder how many more people you can accommodate without having [...]

When to Build or Not: Construction Can Make or Break a Ministry

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on When to Build or Not: Construction Can Make or Break a Ministry

You have a good problem—your church attendance is growing and you’re busting at the seams. Having found a great location in the heart of your community, your church has purchased some nice land. Suddenly you’re [...]

Renting Versus Buying Your Church’s Facility

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Renting Versus Buying Your Church’s Facility

God called you to plant a new church, and you’ve followed His calling. For the last year (or two years or five years), you’ve been renting adequate facilities to meet your congregation’s needs. You have [...]

How to Look Like a Borrower

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Look Like a Borrower

One of the most significant events in the life of your church is preparing for a building project. A new building can mean an opportunity to start new ministries and grow those that exist. It means touching more [...]

Rethinking the Church Space

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Rethinking the Church Space

I was sitting in a meeting the other day, discussing the way the church uses its space, when someone boldly said: “We’ve built spaces for us and then gone out and tried to bring the lost [...]

Lessons from a Church “Secret Shopper”

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Lessons from a Church “Secret Shopper”

Recently we had the hallway in our home painted by some professional painters. We were constantly reminded of this each time we left and returned to our house. You see, once we spent enough time [...]