5 Things That Won’t Make Your Church Grow (Despite What You May Think)

5 Things That Won’t Make Your Church Grow (Despite What You May Think)

So you want your church to grow . . . to reach new people. And you’ve convinced yourself that you really would grow if you only had one or two more things to make your ministry thrive. For example, you’ve might have said any combination of these things. We would grow if we: Got out of our portable location and opened a new building. Got out of our current building and became portable (I’ve actually talked with leaders who think they would grow explosively if they left their old building and... Read More
The Best Of Orange Tour Quotes

The Best Of Orange Tour Quotes

Many of you enjoyed last week’s post of quotes from Reggie Joiner at Orange Tour. There was so much wisdom shared during the 13 stops of Orange Tour that we wanted to share more quotes from the leaders who joined us on our journey. Carey Nieuwhof – @cnieuwhof Say YES to people outside the church by realizing they are spiritual and engage them in real conversations. People outside the church are afraid of coming; they think we’ll hold them to expectations we don’t... Read More
How To Align Leaders Around Your Mission

How To Align Leaders Around Your Mission

by Carey Nieuwhof  One of the dreams of almost every leader is to see every person within an organization motivated by the same mission and vision. Team alignment advances the mission further, faster. The reality is, very few organizations—and very few churches—function that way. Most leaders have had an unsettling feeling that they might be the most passionate person about their mission, and wonder how on earth to get dozens, hundreds or even thousands of others aligned with the same mission... Read More
Stop Apologizing

Stop Apologizing

by Carey Nieuwhof If you’re a typical church leader (and I’m sure you’re not; you’re an exceptional church leader), you probably feel a twinge of guilt every time you recruit someone into your area to serve. After all, these people work forty (or more) hours a week and you’re asking them to give away extra time for free. Sometimes we drift into apologizing for inviting people to serve. We tell them it won’t require much. It’s just for a season.... Read More
Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines

by Carey Nieuwhof Discipline is a word most of us don’t like. It’s doing all those things we don’t want to do so that one day we can do the things we do want to do. That’s why you join a gym—because you want to be in good shape 20 years down the road. It’s hard work, but it’s important. Spiritual disciplines are one of the ways growth happens in our spiritual lives and those of the children and students we lead. Left to our own devices, we are probably not going to be as diligent in... Read More