Category Archives for "CMBA General"

Respond by March 30th for Follow-Up to Greg Atkinson on Reaching/Keeping Church Guests

Respond by this Friday, March 30th using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/B4QY9wUHgQVYVM3M2. Greg Atkinson was our Vision Tuesday speaker on Tuesday, February 20th. As a follow-up we are offering his book–Secrets of a Secret Shopper–for $8 if we can get an order for 100 books.  (We are about half way there.) It is typically over $11 plus shipping. […]

Insight 085: FaithSoaring Churches Contribute Significantly to the Lives of Others

Congregations who transform do not just focus on doing good works. They do something that contributes significantly to the lives of others. They do not rejoice in contributing a certain amount of money to missional projects, or serving a certain number of people with food, clothes, and other commodities. Instead they rejoice in the people–by […]

Is It Discipleship, Stewardship, Generosity, or Fundraising?

The best answer is “yes!” It is about all of these.  What is “it?” Here it means the short-term and long-term efforts—thus the continual, ongoing historic efforts—of Christianity to provide for Christ followers the opportunity to invest in the mission of God. For many years discipleship, stewardship, and generosity have been emphasized in various ways […]

Insight 084: FaithSoaring Churches Use a Ready, Shoot Aim Approach

Start transformation by getting the congregation in motion implementing change that does not require major approval, finances, or new leadership. Do not wait for some macro approval to engage in micro transitions and changes. Incrementally innovate for greater faithfulness and effectiveness. It really is more difficult for people to respond positively to the leadership of […]

Insight 083: FaithSoaring Churches Visit Congregations Who Transformed in Response to Crisis

Inspire congregational transformation by visiting other congregations who have successfully engaged in significant changes during the past three to five years. The characteristics and demographics of these congregations should be as like your congregation as feasible, so the comparison of opportunities has credibility. This is where you could visit congregations who changed in response to […]

Insight 082: FaithSoaring Churches Identify the Gap Between Mediocrity and Excellence

A starting point for congregational transformation is to engage in an in-depth assessment of the congregation using various research methods. If you have a congregation of tacticians, this may work. Show them the gap between where the congregation is and where it could be. Do some historical research to demonstrate that the congregation once did […]

Dying to Restart: Churches Choosing a Strategic Death for a Multiplying Life

Dying-to-Restart Download this FREE ebook. We are pleased to share this new ebook with you from Exponential authored by Greg Wiens and Dan Turner. It make multiple references to George Bullard’s work on the congregational life cycle (and gives George credit which is even better) as it talks about Old Age congregations who need to die […]

Insight 081: FaithSoaring Churches Raise Expectations

Transform your congregation by seeking to raise the expectations of what characterizes a significant, excellent congregation. Then inspire and invite congregational leaders to pursue this benchmark. Too many congregations are focused on low or acceptable expectations. This is not a focus that transforms. Help congregations reach their full Kingdom potential or empower congregations to be […]

Insight 080: FaithSoaring Churches Engage in Intentional Efforts to Deepen Community

As new people come into a congregation and as longer-tenured people transition out, the fellowship and sense of community in a congregation shifts. Many people know fewer people as true friends. The natural creation of small groups and clichés occur; often without any intentionality. Smart congregations engage in intentional efforts to deepen true community within […]

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