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10 Questions About Future Church Attendance No One Really Knows How to Answer

The post is by Carey Nieuwhof. Carey is a pastor and blogger. You can connect with him here at careynieuwhof.com. Talk to any church leader, and they’ll tell you it feels harder than ever to get people to come to church on a Sunday. Even in growing churches, the competition for peoples’ time, attention and…

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Church Policy Manuals and How to Start

Policy manuals. Wow! Those two words just send electric excitement waves through your body, don’t they? I know to the detail-pastor this article will resonate loud and clear while the fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants-pastor will say, “Why?” Let’s answer the why question first. Put aside the preconceived negatives on the word “policy”. It is not a bad word….

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6 Steps to Get Guests Back After Easter

Ever said to yourself after Easter, “Where did everybody go?” I remember talking to a pastor/friend of mine after he had asked that question and he was ready to quit the ministry and go be a truck driver. No offense to truck drivers (my dad was one), but that was not this pastor’s calling. He…

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Pastors prepare for the best Easter ever at church

Top 8 Steps to Prepare Your Church for Easter

Easter is just around the corner! Pastors are in full swing preparing for one of the greatest weekends on the church calendar. I have pastors all the time ask me, “What are best practices in getting the word out for Easter?” While there can be a lot of ways to prepare the church for making…

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Hospitality Feel and Process for Easter and Beyond

Ever been someplace where your host made you feel like a million bucks? The place you were visiting acted like they knew you, they cared you were there with them and they were glad to have you. Or what about this? Ever been someplace where you felt like an inconvenience? I have. It is the…

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The Perfect Follow-Up Plan After Easter

Today, I want to get you the perfect follow-up plan for your church. If you read the blog I did a few weeks back entitled “Blunder #1” I talked about the #1 thing churches do that is a super blunder in their follow-up and assimilation plan. If you haven’t read it, you need to check…

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Rethinking Easter: From Big Event to Big Impact

Ever wonder where all those guests from Easter went the next Sunday after Easter? I’ve been at this for years and it is a perennial challenge for churches everywhere. The leadership of the church pours themselves into making Easter the over-the-top day it deserves. Volunteers have their game faces on. Everybody is geared up and…

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How Rethinking Easter Will Grow Your Church

Here’s a question for you: What is going to make this Easter different from last Easter?  By that I mean … what is going to cause more people to come back to your church the week after Easter this year over last? The greatest day in the year to talk to pastors is the Monday…

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Pastor Jacob knew he hit it out of the park when they created a state-of-the-art approach to reaching huge numbers of 20-somethings (insert your success effort). Virtually no other church in the state—or maybe the country for that matter—had been able to do what Warner Road Church had done. It was an off-the-charts success. Question:…

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Blunder #1 in Assimilating New People

Suppose I come to visit you and you’re going to show me the town. Included in that is a visit to a new restaurant that just opened up last month. Let’s do this, wild and crazy guy (generically speaking) that you are … I’m game. So here we go – off to the restaurant. Nice…

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