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Something’s driving your church. There are a variety of things that drive a church…the challenge for many church leaders is no one is really quite clear on what that is. What drives your church is critical because it impacts everything you do. Ultimately, it directly impacts both your health and your growth as a congregation. As I talk to leaders of churches of all sizes, I find different factors at work.
Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A similar number say God is perfect. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being. Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
This post is for church members, not pastors. Pastor Appreciation Month offers all of us an opportunity to bless the pastors who are blessing us. I’m going to assume that most of you have no idea what to give your pastor, so this post is to help you eliminate a handful of winceable options.
How can a leader keep up with the pace of change? What can you do to grow? I am constantly learning how personally, but I have always been conscious of my own need to continue growing as a leader, so I’m sharing from my experience and some of what works for me.
This Week at ThomRainer.com:
What Do Pastors Like Most about Their Ministries?
Though we have stopped tabulating, I would love to hear your comments about the responses to this poll. We have so many informed readers at ThomRainer.com. I always learn a lot from you…READ MORE
Six Mistakes Many Search Committees Are Making Today
- They are taking too long
- They are playing candidates off one another
- They are not doing background checks: legal, social media, credit;
- They are not asking “#MeToo” questions
- They are not providing clarity to internal candidates
- They are not communicating sufficiently to the congregation