Author: Jonathan Hardy

How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

Now is the time EVERYONE is talking about plans for 2017. And rightly so! It’s a chance to reflect on 2016 and prepare to make 2017 the best year yet. Have you taken time to celebrate what God did in 2016? Have you thought about what will be different (and better) for 2017? What needs…

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7 Questions to Ask When Striving to Improve Ministry

(NOTE: This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series to help you improve ministry. In part 1 we addressed how to create a culture of continual improvement. In part 2 we talked shared the top 8 areas of ministry to improve. And here today we will share 7 questions to ask when striving to…

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8 Breakthrough Findings From Over 2,000 Churches

After 2,014 churches took the Church Marketing Strength Assessment, we discovered 8 specific breakthrough findings that will help you see the growth you desire. What are growing churches doing? And what are flat or declining churches not doing? That’s what you’ll see in this brief summary of the 8 breakthrough findings revealed. (NOTE: To our…

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What Does 5 Google Reviews Mean for Your Church?

Over the last few months The Hardy Group offered the Church Marketing Strength Assessment for pastors and church leaders. 2,014 churches responded giving us the most comprehensive analysis on that subject out there today. In the Assessment we asked 20 questions with three-answer (Yes, No, Don’t Know) options to each question. I want to zero…

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No Throw Away Sundays

When summer time comes, it’s a natural tendency for churches to give less than their best because people are on vacation and often tend to “check out” during the summer months. And yet you never no what person make come to visit your church for the first time! So it’s critically important for pastors and…

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Ever Seen Communication Go Wrong This Way?

  The impact of communication in ministry is huge. In many ways it can make or a break the effectiveness of a new initiative or a ministry change. On today’s blog, I recommend a systematic approach to communication that can eliminate headaches and save you time in the long run. It all starts with understanding…

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3 Tips for Your Church to Reach More People on Facebook

You can reach more people using Facebook If you want to see your church reach more people in your community, using Facebook is a great way to do so… … and to do really well at reaching people for free on Facebook, you have to understand how they make their money — because ultimately for…

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What Church Guests Want

[UPDATE: Church Marketing University is now open for enrollment through Sept. 1, 2016 at 11:59PM CDT. Click here for more information or to sign up.] The second part of our free video training, Your Marketing Breakthrough, is available now. Today we’re specifically looking at what guests experience when they visit your church. If you’ve wondered…

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Does your preaching keep people coming back?

  Well, it’s safe to say preaching does contribute to a person’s desire to come back to church, although it may play less of a role than one might think. So maybe a better question is: If your preaching is good and your music is good but people don’t feel connected, will they come back?…

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What if God does ______? How Dreaming Yields Bigger Results

  Dreams vs. reality … Have you felt this tension when leading in ministry? More than likely you have experienced it … … but the question is, which of these consumes your thoughts? The fact is — we live in reality. Sunday prep … meetings … outreach events … counseling appointments … weddings … and…

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