Thom Rainer features a post dealing with one of the reservations Christians have about additional church services or congregational growth. It runs along the line of “We can’t add another service! We won’t know everyone.” or “We’re dividing the church?” One of the observations about that which Rainer offers is: There are often unarticulated and …

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The church’s presentation of the Gospel commences when guests walk through the door. From Thom Rainer, an unappreciated but vital ministry of service. A greeter is a leader in ministry. It is critical that these leaders are strategically located where they will make first and powerful connections with guests. When we have a good greeter …

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Through the beginning of the year Thom Rainer has been posting about churches becoming simple or zero sum. In practice this involves concluding groups and activities that no longer have a vital purpose. Put another way: if the church was starting fresh which groups activities would they actually start because they’re needed or serve a …

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Thom Rainer outlines the cycle of vitality and decline that he has observed in growing and shrinking churches. Locally I deal with churches demonstrating the fourth and fifth of these stages. Even though being a growing church is especially challenging in country areas where population bases are declining, these churches have a culture that reflects …

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Thom Rainer writes about how churches can find themselves with so many programs and activities that they become ineffective at discipling Christians and sharing the Gospel. From Rainer’s post: So how did our churches get in this predicament? The causes are many, but here are seven of them: Our churches equate activity with value. Thus …

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Thom Rainer lists six reasons why dying churches continue on a terminal trajectory. They refuse to admit they are sick, very sick. I have worked with churches whose attendance has declined by over 80 percent. They have no gospel witness in the community. They have not seen a person come to Christ in two decades. …

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