Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- Eleven Specific Ways to Pray for Your Pastor
- Four Keys to a Successful Church Year in 2018 – Rainer on Leadership #400
- How to Better Use Video in Your Church
- What Dying Churches Have in Common – Revitalize & Replant #025
- How to Overcome Barriers to the Simple Church Model – Rainer on Leadership #401
Two simple statistics help explain the American church. There are other important church stats, but these two may surprise you:
Less than half of the country—just two out of every five Americans—believe clergy are honest and have high ethical standards, a recent Gallup poll found.
Humility is a mark of the Christian faith. We belong to God because He humbled Himself for us, stepped into our world, and suffered a humiliating death for us. We become His when we humble ourselves as children and trust Him fully, knowing we cannot stand before Him in our goodness. We become more like Him as we walk in humility before Him. When it comes to leadership, here are three reasons a humble leader is a more effective leader:
If you don’t pay attention to these 5 factors, there is a very good chance your church won’t grow. At least not substantially or sustainably.
Earlier, I posted a blog about why pastors sometimes want to quit in difficult times. Not all of the pastors I’ve talked with actually left their church, however, even when they really wanted to leave. Here are some of the reasons they decided to stay:
Most analysis of millennials likes to focus on what makes them distinct. But a key point to keep in mind is that, in many respects, they’re just like everyone else—but more so. In other words, they reject major trends of the last couple of generations, simply a bit farther down the line of historical and logical progression. Like everybody else, they live in the epistemological and moral atmosphere Charles Taylor dubs the “Nova Effect.”