Thursday, 23 September, 2021

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  • Get Your Members to Read the Bible - Our churches are filled with congregational members who don’t really know much about what’s in their Bibles. Didn’t Moses build an ark? You mean it wasn’t an apple a day in the Garden of Eden? And there weren’t three wisemen Read more…
  • More Than Marketing - Once upon a time you could put an ad for your church on TV or in the newspaper, and you’d expect a pretty good response. No more. Today’s unchurched folks aren’t looking for a church solution to their problems and Read more…
  • Effective Church Membership - What does it mean to be a church member in today’s world? Whether you’re a local member or an online member, there are hopes, dreams, and expectations about being an active part of the body of Christ. In this episode, Read more…
  • The Power of Notes - You want to make an impression. You want people to remember you. Including people you don’t even know … yet. You can do that easily using the power of notes, that is, the power of a Hand Written Note sent Read more…
  • Build Your Church’s Reputation in the Community - Sure, “Everyone” knows who you are … or at least knows what your church is all about. Right? Probably not. In fact, you’d be surprised how little your community knows about your church, even if you’re highly visible in your Read more…
  • Your To Don’t List - We’ve all got our To Do lists. They’re on scraps of paper, sticky notes, and our cell phones. And those To Do’s keep us plenty busy. But what if … what if your church’s growth depended on what you’re NOT Read more…
  • Double Your Visitor Count in 5 Days - No, that’s not a typo. And yes, we really mean it. You can double your first-time visitor count in just five days. It’s not necessarily easy, but it’s downright simple. In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris talk a moment Read more…
  • Get Found Online - We were thinking about going to church while on vacation in Columbus, Ohio one week. We had no idea where we wanted to go, so we turned to our friend Google. We typed in three search terms: Columbus, Ohio and Read more…
  • Multiplying Leaders - We’ve yet to meet a church where there were enough leaders to get all that ministry done. (On the other hand, we’ve been in plenty of churches where there are too many would-be chiefs who are just dying to tell Read more…
  • Your Church Sign - When it comes to marketing, your building isn’t your most valuable resource. It’s your sign. Your sign in your employee who stands out there by the street, come rain or shine, and invites every passerby to join your congregation for Read more…
  • Virtual Resources for Turnaround Pastors - There are a lot of resources out there for you, pastor who wants to turnaround their church. But where do you start? A quick Google search will give you over 33.5 Million web pages of all kinds of “stuff” for Read more…
  • Follow-Up: Turning Visitors into Returning Guests - In most churches, the return rate for first-time visitors hovers at less than 15 percent – and it’s even lower in small, declining churches. To turn your visitors into returning guests takes great hospitality, but you can improve the odds Read more…
  • Getting Visitor’s Contact Information - It’s great when first time guests show up to visit, but once they’ve visited, do you know how to connect with them to invite them back? Or better, can you drop them a thank you note? Or better yet, can Read more…
  • The Most Important Room in the Church - When it comes to visitors, the sanctuary is not the most important room in the building. Sure, they might be impressed with the beautiful stained glass windows, but it’s not the first space that they’ll talk about when they get Read more…
  • Leveraging Your Church’s Demographics - All those numbers. All those statistics. Regardless of where you get your ministry area’s demographics, there’s a lot of important information there beyond just the population, age, and ethnicity. In this episode, Mary Frances, noted church consultant and demographer, shares Read more…
  • Make the Most of Meetings - Love ’em or hate ’em, meetings are a part of the church. However, have you been noticing meeting attendance waning? There may be a good reason why your members – and even your staff – are avoiding your meetings. In this Read more…
  • Make the Most of Networking - If you’re serious about growing your church, then networking in your community (and online) is one of the keys. But where do you network and how do you network is a mystery to too many church leaders. In this episode, Read more…
  • Building Connections: On and Off Line - Whether you’re doing in-person worship, on-line worship, or a hybrid, the reality is that if you’re not making good connections with your members, your guests, and your visitors, then you’re dead in the water. In today’s world, making connections is Read more…
  • Post-Pandemic Church Growth - Churches have been reopening now for many months, mostly to great disappointment. So many church members and pastors believed that there would be a flood of relieved church members and guests rushing back to fellowship, worship, and in-house worship only Read more…
  • Ministry – Too Important for Volunteers - Everything your church does has eternal consequences. Lives and souls and families and eternities hang in the balance. With that in mind, do your really think that a cadre of mere volunteers have the commitment level and the expertise to Read more…
  • Role of the Lead Pastor: Priorities - Whether you’re a solo pastor, or a pastor with serious staff, where you choose to invest your time is critical. In this episode Dr. Bill sits down with Paul Borden, author of How to Make or Break Your Church in Read more…
  • Vision First - Too often, our churches appear to be on autopilot – we do what we do because it’s what we do and pretty much all we’ve ever done. Worship looks like worship. Sunday school looks like Sunday school. The bulletin looks Read more…
  • Teaching Prayer - Where did you learn how to pray? If you’re like most of us, you learned by listening to others who were praying. If you were raised in church, the primary example was the pastor and the pastoral prayer. The problem Read more…
  • The Evangelism Conundrum - We just saw this stat: 47 percent of Millennial Christians believe it’s wrong to share their faith with others. Not 47 percent of Millennials, 47 percent of CHRISTIAN Millennials. That’s a staggering statistic … but let’s be honest, it’s not Read more…
  • Church Turnaround A to Z - It’s been said that the only thing more difficult that starting a new church from scratch is to turn around an existing church. However, rekindling growth in a church that’s been in decline or on a plateau is one of Read more…
  • Online Services or Online Campus? - The pandemic pushed many (most) US churches into the future. Some went kicking and screaming as they launched streaming worship services. Some were almost ready anyway. And some had been ahead of the rest in their streaming technology and experience. Read more…
  • Church Marketing 101 - A decent definition of marketing is “getting the word out.” Many churches – most churches – are invisible to their neighbors. Add to the thousands of churches that have jumped online during the pandemic, it’s become difficult to make a Read more…
  • Measuring Maturity - When your nominating team meets, are they looking for warm bodies to fill positions, or are they looking for mature disciples with passion? We’ll get to the passion part in another episode, but how can you tell whether or not Read more…
  • The 5 Faces of Jesus - It’s a loaded question, as in, it’s a GREAT question for sharing why you’re a Jesus followers: “Why do you go to church?” But the response is too often a mumbled conversation about how wonderful the people are or how Read more…
  • The Fine Art of Communicating - Believe it or not, Christians aren’t well known for being great communicators. In fact, we have a fairly wide reputation as being argumentative, closed minded, and biased. In this episode, Drs. Kris and Bill have a conversation (?) a discussion Read more…
  • Go! The Fourth Core Process - One of the biggest issues with the church comes from the desire to keep our lambs safe from the storms of life and the marauding lions and wolves that are looking for a soul to ravage. And so, when a Read more…
  • The Discipleship Funnel - If someone who’d never been to church before – who didn’t have a clue about Jesus and his call to discipleship – if they showed up at your church on Sunday, how would you help them to move from a Read more…
  • Disciple: The Third Core Process - Jesus didn’t say, “Go ye therefore and make converts.” He said we’re to make disciples … followers who are willing to drop their very livelihoods in order to faithfully follow Jesus – if that’s what it takes. But the discipleship Read more…
  • Connect: Retaining Your Guests - It’s one thing to get someone in the door (or to your online worship service), it’s something else again to get them to come back. In fact, if they don’t come back over and over, the chance of someone becoming Read more…
  • Invite: The Nuts and Bolts - The first process for growing your church is to effectively invite people who are outside of the church to come and check you out. Whether you’re inviting to worship online, worship in person, a Sunday school class, or a Friday Read more…
  • Invite … The First Church Growth Process - Of the four processes that grow churches, the invite process tends to get a lot of attention. The reality is, if you don’t get prospective participants dropping into your church’s activities, including worship, then any thought of church growth is Read more…
  • The Covid Conflict: To Building Or Not? - You have church members who are unhappy. If you’re NOT worshipping in person, there’s a group pushing for that. If you ARE worshipping in person, there are those who refuse to congregate until it’s “safe.” In either case, your church Read more…
  • Four Things Grow Churches - Whether you’re in-person or virtual, it’s hardly escaped your notice that growing a church is a difficult thing to do. Becoming an ever increasing faithful, effective, and sustainable church is hard work … but Drs. Kris and Bill would like Read more…
  • Effective Church Membership - Effective Church Membership: Some churches have done away with church membership … let’s be honest, the only ones who really count today are those who actually show up (and in most churches, that’s well less than 50 percent of their Read more…
  • Create a Christmas Eve of Dreams - Create a Christmas Eve of DreamsYour Christmas Eve worship service is most likely the one service where you’re most likely to get the most receptive visitors of the year. Although there’s an expectation that the worship service will be all Read more…
  • Introduction to “Our” Church & New Member Training - Introduction to “Our” Church & New Member TrainingThere are many tools that help connect prospective members into the church. The most effective tool is, of course, making a personal friend within the congregation. But the second most effective tool may Read more…
  • Effective Church Communication - Effective Church CommunicationWhen you start hearing complaints that the church leaders (or the office) aren’t communicating well, it might mean the office is engaged in a closed-door policy. But most of the time it means you’re either facing a power Read more…
  • Productive Meetings - Productive MeetingsPeople want to give their lives to life-changing activities. And so, have you ever notice how often your church volunteers skip church committee and board meetings? Often, it’s because they suspect these meetings are more often than not a Read more…
  • Two Ministries That Grow Churches - Two Ministries That Grow ChurchesThere are hundreds of things that can keep a church from growing. But if you want to ensure your church’s future by reaching young families, there are only two ministries that grow churches. In this episode, Read more…
  • What To Do When … Your Church Has Too Much Debt - What To Do When … Your Church Has Too Much DebtThe average US consumer owes over $15,000 in credit card debt and over $150,000 for their mortgage. That puts a lot of consumers over-their-heads with debt. But consumers aren’t the Read more…
  • Making Friends Beyond Church: A How-To Primmer - Making Friends Beyond Church: A How-To PrimmerOne of the reasons long-term church members are ineffective in the inviting-people-to-church ministry is that for the most part, over the years, they’ve already invited everyone they know. Fact is, the same holds true Read more…
  • Grow Your Church with Social Ministry - Grow Your Church with Social MinistryThere’s been a rumor going around since the 1950s or so that the mission of the church is to engage in social ministries. The corollary of that rumor is that churches that focus on social Read more…
  • What To Do When … You’ve Reached Capacity - What To Do When … You’ve Reached Capacity“Seems like a nice problem to have. Wish it was true here!” Surprisingly, even small and struggling churches need to deal with the perception … or the reality … that there’s not enough Read more…
  • Turn First-Time Visitors into Returning Guests - Let's say you get a half-dozen first-time visitors walk through your doors at any given worship service. How many of them are returning next week? If you're not keeping over 50% of them, there's a problem and it's probably one of two things. It could be you're not offering what they're looking for in terms of experiential worship. The other problem, which is VERY common is that your follow-up isn't effective. How do you get contact information from your guests and what do you do with it once you get it? That's the topic of this episode of Church-Talk Live.
  • Small Church Thinking - Small Church ThinkingThe power of positive thinking may be overrated (or may not be), but there is no arguing that our attitudes have a huge impact on our lives. The same is true for the church. One of the reasons Read more…
  • Developing Your Church’s Mission - Developing Your Church’s MissionA ship without a working rudder goes wherever the tides and winds will … until it runs aground. A church without a working mission statement suffers the same malady and fate. One of the most contentious processes Read more…
  • What To Do When … Your Church Is Doing Too Much - What To Do When … Your Church Is Doing Too MuchIn many – if not most – small to mid-sized churches one of the concerns we regularly hear is how tired and overwhelmed their leaders are. In most cases there Read more…
  • Effective Church Leadership: Setting Clear Expectations - Effective Church Leadership: Setting Clear ExpectationsOne of the most common mistakes church leaders make is not being crystal clear about their expectations. Unclear (or missing) expectations lead to lackluster performance, misunderstandings, and an inability to hold others accountable. On the Read more…
  • Leading from Logistics to Implementation - Leading from Logistics to Implementation. It's one thing to "envision a preferred future," it's something else again to lead a congregation to the promised land. This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore what it takes to bring your vision, strategies, tactics, and logistics to implementation.
  • Leading from Tactics to Logistics - Leading from Tactics to LogisticsLeading from Tactics to Logistics. It’s one thing to “envision a preferred future,” it’s something else again to lead a congregation to the promised land. This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore what it takes to Read more…
  • Leading From Strategy to Tactics - Leading from Tactics to Logistics. It's one thing to "envision a preferred future," it's something else again to lead a congregation to the promised land. This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore what it takes to develop effective logistics to ensure successful tactics. (Part three of a four part series.)
  • Leading From Vision to Strategy - Leading From Vision to Strategy It’s one thing to “envision a preferred future,” it’s something else again to lead a congregation to the promised land. This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore what it takes to do more than just Read more…
  • The Power of Vision - The power of vision. Every leadership guru reminds us (constantly) that Proverbs says that without vision the people will perish. Great words, but what does that really mean and if it's true, then how can church leaders put the power of vision to work? This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore the power of vision, how to find it, and implement it. 
  • Summer’s Coming: Will it Be Slump or Jump? - Summer’s Coming: Will it Be Slump or Jump?We hear it every year. “We have to scale back our programming starting in June because of the summer slump.” Apparently, everyone in church takes the same weeks off during the summer for Read more…
  • Mentoring Faith Development - There’s more to developing faith than listening to sermons and reading a book. And though there’s been a lot of talk about mentoring for spiritual development, there’s a paucity of how-to information. In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris tackle the tough task of helping faith take root and bloom.
  • The Leadership Covenant: And Why Churches Need One - The Leadership Covenant: And Why Churches Need One In many churches, leaders are recruited using the 2W Principle: Are they Willing and do they have a Warm Body. Then the church wonders why it can’t get these leaders to get Read more…
  • The Membership Covenant: And Why Churches Need One - The Membership Covenant: And Why Churches Need One The keystone to both avoiding and resolving church conflicts is the development, adoption, and implementation of a Membership Covenant, sometimes known as Expected Behaviors. We’ve called the Membership Covenant the Missing Link Read more…
  • Growing Spiritual Giants - Growing Spiritual GiantsOne of the most important church axioms is As go the leaders so goes the congregation. However, in too many churches those serving in leadership would make better corporate raiders than spiritual guides. In this episode, Drs. Kris Read more…
  • Anonymous Ministry: The Right-Hand, Left-Hand Dilemma - Anonymous Ministry: The Right-Hand, Left-Hand Dilemma“Don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3–4) has been used for years to justify “anonymous” church ministry. Though the social ministry gospel had its heart in the right Read more…
  • Extend Your Leadership Base – The One Person, One Passion, One Position Policy - Extend Your Leadership Base: The One Person, One Passion, One Position PolicyOne of the top issues churches face is leadership. There are never enough leaders, and those you have are exhausted because they all have to do too much. But Read more…
  • What To Do When … Your Church is Dying - What To Do When … Your Church is DyingIt’s a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes all the prayers in the world will not resuscitate the dying nor resurrect the dead. Churches have a life cycle and closing its doors Read more…
  • What To Do When … Your Church has a Bully (or Terrorist) - What To Do When … Your Church has a Bully (or Terrorist)Middle School isn’t the only place where bullies terrorize almost everyone they meet. Believe it or not, many churches have a bully or two that no one seems to Read more…
  • What To Do When … Children’s Sunday School is Slipping - What To Do When … Children’s Sunday School is SlippingIt’s not just your church. All over the nation churches are combining Sunday school classes just to keep them open. Young adults won’t come, kids are bored – or worse, alone Read more…
  • What To Do When: Adult Sunday School Attendance Slips - What To Do When: Adult Sunday School Attendance SlipsIt’s not just your church. All over the nation churches are combining Sunday school classes just to keep them open. Young adults won’t come, kids are bored – or worse, alone in Read more…
  • How to Start a Conversation - How to Start a ConversationYou’ve heard Kris and Bill say it time and again – you can’t grow your church from your office. But some have asked, “But what do we do when we’ve left the office? Do we just Read more…
  • What To Do When … Kids Hate Church - What To Do When … Kids hate Church Let’s be honest. Little ones have little use for adult worship. They don’t understand the words to the songs, let alone the ones coming out of the preacher’s mouth. The prayers and Read more…
  • What To Do When … You HAVE to Grow the Church Now! - What To Do When … You HAVE to Grow the Church Now!Sometimes you don’t have time to wait for the stars to line up just right, the moon to be in the right phase, or for John and Jane Q. Read more…
  • What To Do When … You Have to Fire a “Volunteer” - What To Do When … You Have to Fire a “Volunteer”When you’re in business management, making a “bad hire” is troublesome. Unless we’re Machiavellian, we’d much prefer to be liked than vilified by having to fire an employee. But managers Read more…
  • What To Do When … No One Knows You Exist - What To Do When … No One Knows You Exist Ever hear of Willow Creek? Saddleback? Life Church? Those churches have national reputations. How about Fifth Street Christian? St. Andrews Lutheran? It takes more than a marketing campaign to put Read more…
  • What To Do When … You Have to Recruit a Worship Band (or Team) - What To Do When … You Have to Recruit a Worship Band (or Team)One of the most common questions we get from church leaders is how to get a worship band started. “Where do we get musicians?” Some churches find Read more…
  • What To Do When … Offerings Are Down - No church ever has enough money to fund the ministries it wants to do or to meet the needs of the community. However, most churches can increase their offerings significantly by employing some simple practices. In this episode, Drs. Bill Read more…
  • What To Do When … You’re an Aging Congregation - What To Do When … You’re an Aging Congregation The average age of church members in the US is around 55 – and it’s higher in mainline churches. However, the longer a church has been established, the older the average Read more…
  • What To Do When … You’re Burning Out - What to Do When You’re Burning Out “But nobody likes me. Everyone is mean to me. I’m not learning anything and no one listens to me. I don’t want to go,” he complained. “Hush now. You’re the pastor, you have Read more…
  • Helping Identify a Call to Ministry - Helping Identify a Call to Ministry Believe it or not, there is a growing shortage of pastors and other professional ministry leaders in the North American church. Once upon a time, youth often came to a realization of a call Read more…
  • What To Do When … A Fight Breaks Out (Part 2) - What To Do When … A Fight Breaks Out (Part 2)Sometimes it just happens. A slip of the tongue (or not) and someone either takes exception or disagrees … strongly. Or someone undermines someone else or some project or … Read more…
  • What To Do When … A Fight Breaks Out (Part 1) - What To Do When … A Fight Breaks Out (Part 1)Sometimes it just happens. A slip of the tongue (or not) and someone either takes exception or disagrees … strongly. Or someone undermines someone else or some project or … Read more…
  • What To Do When … You Can’t Get New Leaders - What To Do When … You Can’t Get New LeadersIt’s one of the top five concerns we hear whenever we work with a stuck church: “We’re so tired and we just can’t get new leaders to take over for us.” Read more…
  • What To Do When … You Have to Do the “Children’s Sermon” - What To Do When … You Have to Do the “Children’s Sermon”We see it all the time. Good hearted people who volunteer (or are volunteered) to do “The Children’s Time” during the adult worship service. But in the end, the Read more…
  • What To Do When … Your Small Groups Wane - What To Do When … Your Small Group WanesThe great hope of the church from the nineties to the present has bee focused on small groups. Small groups were where we expected people to get connected, to get spiritually fed, Read more…
  • What To Do When … You Have No Visitors - What To Do When … You Have No VisitorsA too common cry from congregations is “But we don’t have any visitors,” which is often followed by a perceived observation that “everyone is moving out” or “nobody is moving in.” Believe Read more…
  • Effective Membership Tracking - Effective Membership TrackingAs a church grows, keeping up with who does what, who’s gifted in that, and who loves doing this can be a daunting task. A membership tracking program can be a lifesaver for the church. But too many Read more…
  • Hospitality Like Disney - Hospitality Like Disney. Virtually anyone who's ever visited Disneyland/world can attest that the Magic Kingdom is sometimes a lot more hospitable than the local church's model of the Kingdom of God. In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris offer concrete tips to ratchet up your congregation's hospitality. With special guest Christopher W. Perry, the author of Church Mouse: Leadership Lessons from the Magic Kingdom.
  • Church Growth: Then and Now (Part 2) - If you’ve been trying to grow you church, but aren’t seeing the results you expected, then you may want to tap into this episode. One of the most misunderstood realities is that the way churches grew once-upon-a-time just doesn’t work today. Although that may not be “news” to many pastors, the church’s “growth” practices often reflect yesterday’s growth strategy. In part two of this two-part episode, Dr. Bill explains what it takes at the core to grow a church today.
  • Church Growth … Then and Now (Part 1) - Church Growth … Then and Now If you’ve been trying to grow you church, but aren’t seeing the results you expected, then you may want to tap into this episode. One of the most misunderstood realities is that the way Read more…
  • When Not to Try a Transformation - When Not to Try a TransformationNot every church is a viable candidate for a transformation. Likewise, not every pastor has the temperament or the ability to lead a transformation. But how do you know if the church or you are Read more…
  • Managing Your Time Off … You ARE Taking Your Time Off, Right? - Managing Your Time Off … You ARE Taking Your Time Off, Right? Some ministers can spend so much time taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves. Other categories of self-care sacrifices include over-achieving ministers and Read more…
  • Discovering Your Church’s Mission - A ship without a working rudder goes wherever the tides and winds will ... until it runs aground. A church without a working mission statement suffers the same malady and fate. One of the most contentious processes in the church seems to be discovering the answer to the "Why are we here?" question, and yet of all the parts of the DNA, why your church exists is the easiest to discover. In the episode Drs. Kris and Bill tackle the Mission Monster, tame it, and teach how you can do the same.
  • Getting the Point: Thematic Worship - Getting the Point: Thematic Worship Do your members remember anything about last week’s message? The days when a “three points and a poem” preaching was effective are long past. Today’s effective sermons make one major take-home point. And though many Read more…
  • Building Alliances - Building AlliancesChanging the culture of a church is a team effort. In churches averaging less than 300 in worship, that team is more than just the staff and key leaders … it takes congregational buy-in. But in churches under 200, Read more…
  • Make a Lasting Impression: Power Pointers - Make a Lasting Impression: Power PointersScreen technology is no longer a novelty and a majority of churches have adopted some sort of projection during worship. Unfortunately, the Digital Age largely hasn’t caught up with most church screens and for too Read more…
  • Afraid of Your Shadow? Congregational Self-Esteem - Afraid of Your Shadow? Congregational Self-Esteem Do your church members lack energy? Have they stopped inviting their friends and neighbors to church? Are you giving it everything you’ve got but getting tired from being the Energizer bunny who keeps on Read more…
  • Targeted Technology: Part 2 – Bridging the Generations - Targeted Technology Part 1: Understanding the GenerationsThe first technological breakthrough may have been a sharp stick by Homo erectus and it seems to have served them well for a couple hundred thousand years, but when it comes to worship in Read more…
  • Targeted Technology Part 1: Understanding the Generations - Targeted Technology Part 1: Understanding the GenerationsThe first technological breakthrough may have been a sharp stick by Homo erectus and it seems to have served them well for a couple hundred thousand years, but when it comes to worship in Read more…
  • Making Course Corrections - Making Course CorrectionsIt’s been said that churches have a life cycle from birth to death. That’s hard to dispute in a nation that’s expected to close 150,000 churches in the next decade … and with 41 churches closing every day, Read more…
  • Intergenerational Worship - In our current cultural climate, it makes a lot of sense to focus worship services on a basic generational target. Kid's worship, youth worship, young-adult/seeker worship, boomer worship, traditional worship for seniors, etc. But that's not an option for even a majority of churches. This week, Drs. Kris and Bill explore how to lead effective intergenerational worship for those churches that have limited options.
  • The Introverted Leader - One of the most common questions we get is: "I know what I'm supposed to do as a church leader, but I'm an introvert. How am I supposed to grow my church?" Believe it or not, Dr. Kris in not just an introvert, she's a shy introvert ... and yet, she's successfully led in church planting, church transformation and growth, and judicatory transformation as well. In this episode, she and Dr. Bill will explore the realities and the how-tos of the shy and the introverted as effective growth leaders.
  • Helping Folks Invite: The Five Most Wanted - HELPING FOLKS INVITE FOLKS: THE FIVE MOST WANTED It’s hard to “do” evangelism; if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be here still trying to figure out how to teach/cajole our folks into it. But what if there was an easier, more Read more…
  • Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days (or Less!) - Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days (or Less!) Effective pastors of growing churches do things differently than other pastors, and their churches do things differently. But it doesn’t end there. Not only do they do things differently, they Read more…
  • Adult Bible Study Curriculum Made Easy … Really Easy - Discovering the Discovery Questions. How much time does it take your small group leaders to get prepare for their next session? What if they could skip the study part and just spend their prep time in real-time prayer for the group? In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris introduce the five discovery questions that make Bible study a snap!
  • Self-Esteem in the Small Church - Self-Esteem in the Small Church. It's been noted that many small churches suffer from a low self-image. This manifests with a lack of enthusiasm and members who don't invite their friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone else to worship with them. In this episode, Drs. Kris and Bill offer tips to bolster your congregation's self-esteem.
  • Helping Visitors Take the Next Step - HELPING VISITORS TAKE THE NEXT STEP You’ve ratcheted up your hospitality, so your first time visitors are returning, but what’s next? Studies show that if a guest hasn’t developed significant relationships within the church within six to nine months, odds Read more…
  • How to Make Irresistible Invitations - Irresistible InvitationsWe’ve heard it – and many of us have pushed it – from the pulpit for years: the number one way to get an un-churched or never-churched person to come to church is through a personal invitation. But instead Read more…
  • New You: Your Congregation’s Makeover - New You: Your Congregation’s MakeoverEvery time a new year starts, we are inundated with tips and promises for how to make ourselves over: how to recreate ourselves into someone healthier, better looking, more prosperous than the year – or years Read more…
  • Mission Alignment: Organizing Around Your Mission Statement - Mission Alignment: Organizing Around Your Mission Statement It’s one thing to have a mission statement – it’s quite another to organize and operate and staff around it. Most churches are organized to maintain control and structured to make decisions. But Read more…
  • How to Say “No” - How to Say “No”One of the common questions Dr. Kris and Bill here from congregational leaders is, “How do I say no?” In this episode the “Church Drs.” will provide practical tips on how to say “no” and how to Read more…
  • The Five S’s of a Great Nursery - The Five S's of a Great Nursery. It's been said that only two "programs" grow a church: Relevant, indigenous worship and excellent children's programming. Children's programming begins in the nursery. In today's cultural climate, if your church is serious about reaching young families (or grandparents with local grandkids, for that matter), your nursery had better be "up to snuff" in the Five S's - Staff, Safety, Sanitary, Security, and Sizzle. In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris will help you and your congregation know what it takes to make a positive impression on young parents.
  • Alternatives for Children’s Sunday School - More and more churches are shutting down their Sunday School programs because they can't get adults to bring their children. Other churches just keep limping along, trying to expand from two or three kids. In this episode, Drs. Kris and Bill will dig deep to find some alternatives that are working around the nation. Whether you need to move Sunday School to the worship hour, create a children's small-group program, or rework the program you have, this is a don't-miss episode. 
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  • The Business of Church (Part 1) - The Business of Church (Part 1)The Business of Church – It’s Not Business. Too many church business meetings are about business and not about church; about money and not about ministry; about what we want and not about what God Read more…
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  • Who Moved My Community? (Part 2 of 3 in the Who Moved My Church Series) - We live in an increasingly insular world. Too often community changes go unnoticed by those of us in the church. We read the newest census report and wonder where they got their “facts.” In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris offer strategies on how to explore the community that “is” rather than the community that “was” by using demographics, psychographics, and plain old observation. Part 2 of 3 in the Who Moved My Church? series.
  • You Can’t Manage Conflict! - There are a lot of Conflict Management courses and experts "out there" in the world, and some of it has made it's way into the church. And though it may seem like semantics, the New Testament model of dealing with conflict isn't about managing it ... it isn't even about resolving it. Matthew, the conflict gospel, writes that Christian (and the church's) response to conflict is reconciliation. In this episode, Drs. Bill and Kris explore the four-step model for conflict reconciliation for the church ... it's tried, it's true, and it works!
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  • The Pastor as Chief Development Officer - This is one of those "They didn't teach me that in seminary or Bible school" episodes. Few pastors are prepared for the reality that if there is money to raise that the buck is ultimately going to stop with them. In this episode, Drs. Kris and Bill with guest Clif Christopher (author of Not Your Parents' Offering Plate) provide tools, tips, and insights to help pastors keep ministry in the black.
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  • Targeting Worship - Targeting WorshipWho does your worship service target? Do your different services target different people? Are you tired of hearing comments like, “I’m not getting anything out of worship” or “the worship services just don’t ‘feed’ me?” Today Drs. Kris and Read more…
  • Resurrecting Church Growth - Resurrecting Church GrowthChurch Growth has pretty much taken it on the chin. From the darling of the sixties and seventies, the whole movement was pretty much tossed aside by the nineties as so-much snake oil. But did we throw the Read more…
  • Next Steps – Beyond Spiritual Gift Inventories - Next Steps – Beyond Spiritual Gift InventoriesSo, you’ve done a spiritual gifts inventory with your congregation . . . or maybe two or three. So what? This week Drs. Kris and Bill will offer ways to take spiritual gifts inventories Read more…
  • Church Advertising You Can Afford -   Church Advertising You Can AffordJoin Drs. Bill and Kris this week as they share proven no-cost and low-cost ways to get the word out about what’s going on in your congregation and excite people into wanting to be part Read more…
  • The Future of Adult Sunday School - The Future of Adult Sunday School For those listeners who enjoy hearing Drs. Kris and Bill disagree, this will be a don’t miss episode. With a little something for everyone, this episode will offer tips for tweaking, and thoughts for Read more…
  • Church Staffing for Significant Growth - Whether you're talking volunteer or thinking paid, congregational "staff" is a must. Join Drs. Kris and Bill for insights and information that will help you staff for significant growth.
  • Growing Church Leaders – An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines that Work - Join Drs. Kris and Guest Jay Stevenson this week as they move through a brief introduction to disciplines that can grow your spiritual life, and that of your congregation. Because the quality of our corporate worship truly depends on the quality of each worshipper's personal worship, this is a topic of great importance and impact that you won't want to miss.
  • Me? An Evangelist? Getting Your Congregation Involved in Evangelism - Contrary to popular opinion, the pastor is not the only evangelist. In fact, evangelism belongs to everyone in the congregation. This week Drs. Kris and Bill will help offer tried and true tips for helping your congregation move into "the fields" and participate in God's harvest.
  • Bullies and Terrorists - Bullies and Terrorists Bullies and terrorists. If you know what we’re talking about, you’ll want to tune into this week’s episode of Church-Talk to hear Drs. Bill and Kris’ practical, straight-to-the-point hints and helps to neutralize and disarm those who Read more…
  • Staff Accountability - Staff Accountability The best staffs are team based, which in and of itself connotes a sense of accountability (the "A" word for many of us). This week Drs. Bill and Kris dicuss staff accountability and suggest ways your staff (paid Read more…
  • Already Gone – Why Your Kids Will Leave Church - Already Gone – Why Your Kids Will Leave Church Few of us can contest the fact that our children and youth are leaving the Church (not just our congregations). This week Drs. Kris and Bill look at the latest studies Read more…
  • Raising the Dead – Church Growth in Dying Communities - Raising the Dead – Church Growth in Dying Communities It’s no longer true (if it ever was) that congregations cannot grow in dying communities. Indeed, if ever there is a need for strong, life-giving congregations, it’s in declining areas. In Read more…
  • The Games Congregations Play – Or Need to Be - The Games Congregations Play – Or Need to Be The congregations that play together stay together. How well and how often does your congregation play together?  In this episode Drs. Bill and Kris will offer hints for helpful play and fortuitous Read more…
  • Easter Guests – Who’s Coming & How to Reach Them - Easter Guests – Who’s Coming & How to Reach Them Guess who’s coming to Easter? Do you know? Is it really whom you expect? And at the end of all the Easter services and celebrations, will you be prepared to Read more…
  • To Team or Not to Team: And Does It Really Matter? - To Team or Not to Team: And Does It Really Matter? A few years ago, there was a popular move to "convert" committees, departments, name-your-group into "teams." Are teams better than committeees? Than departments? This week Drs. Bill and Kris Read more…
  • Finding the Relationships You Need in Ministry - Finding the Relationships You Need in Ministry It depends on who you read this week. Once upon a time, it was said that every leader needed a mentor, a coach, and someone you’re mentoring (a mentee). In Len Sweet’s recent Read more…
  • Barbeque First – Effectively Inviting Your Neighbors to Church - Barbeque First – Effectively Inviting Your Neigbors to Church Mark Mittelberg said it first in Becoming a Courageous Christian and we’ve been saying it ever since: "Barbeque first." That’s a shortcut code for "If you’re going to invite your neighbor to church, build Read more…
  • How To Leave a Church - How To Leave a Church There comes a time in almost every church leader’s life when it’s time to move on. Whether it’s because you’ve done all you can do, run up against a wall that you can’t get over Read more…
  • Size Transitions: Moving Through 350 - Size Transitions: Moving Through 350 This week’s episode will explore moving past the 350 barrier, often called the Corporate-Sized Church. This is generally considered the most difficult transition for pastors to make. In their inimitable way, Bill and Kris will Read more…
  • Breaking Barriers: Busting Through 200 - Breaking Barriers: Busting Through 200 In honor of Net Results magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue (www.NetResults.org), Drs. Kris and Bill are presenting the third in a five part series on breaking church size transitions. This week’s episode will explore busting through Read more…
  • Breaking Barriers: Breezing Through 100 - Breaking Barriers: Breezing Through 100 In honor of Net Results magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue (www.NetResults.org), Drs. Kris and Bill are presenting the third in a five part series on breaking church size transitions. This week’s episode will explore breezing through the 100 barrier. Read more…
  • Breaking Barriers: Blowing Through 50 - Breaking Barriers: Blowing Through 50 In honor of Net Results magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue (www.NetResults.org), Drs. Kris and Bill are presenting the second in a five part series on breaking church size transitions. This week’s episode will explore moving past Read more…
  • Breaking Barriers: Introduction to Church Size Transitions - Breaking Barriers: Introduction to Church Size Transitions In honor of Net Results magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue (www.NetResults.org), Drs. Kris and Bill are kicking off a five part series on breaking church size transitions. This week’s episode will explore the foundational pieces necessary before you and Read more…
  • Top 10 Resolutions for Growing Your Church - Top 10 Resolutions for Growing Your Church /groups_member]The new year is on top of us and it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. This year why not resolve to achieve the kind of church growth that you’ve been hoping for, but Read more…
  • Who Ya Gonna Call … When You Need Help - These days there are a lot of "experts" around, ready and waiting and wanting to assist you and your congregation. Today Drs. Kris and Bill will wade through the myriad of questions people ask when they need help in any Read more…
  • Growing Sunday School - As regular listeners to Church-Talk know, Drs. Bill and Kris don’t always agree on everything . . . and Sunday School is one of those topics! The result? Something for everyone: whether you love Sunday School, have mixed feelings about Read more…
  • Signs, Symbols, and Communicating Non-Verbally - Yes, Drs. Kris and Bill will talk today, hopefully in ways that will inspire and encourage their listeners to consider and venture further into the world of non-verbal communication. Join them today, during the season of sights, sounds, and multi-sensory Read more…
  • The “A” Word: Accountability - Today Drs. Bill and Kris take on the "A" word, accountability. Join them as they wrestle with the meanings, the dynamics, and the importance of this 14-letter word that’s key for leaders. And listen for ways you can easily incorporate Read more…
  • Taking Care of Yourself In this Busy Holiday Season - Help Drs. Kris and Bill celebrate their eighteenth wedding anniversary as they share relevant, do-able ways to take care of yourself during this, and any, season of celebration. It may "all be good" but you won’t be well if you don’t Read more…
  • Apprenticing Leaders - Leaders are not meant to serve in the same place eternally (or even indefinitely). Without apprentices, congregations miss out on continuity and the quality that can come from trained leaders. Whether you agree or disagree that a leader cannot be a Read more…
  • Key Transitions for Growing Pastors - Pastors never "arrive": they should always be in process and growing. And, as with all growth, there are some transitions that can make or break them. Join Drs. Kris and Bill this week to learn what those transitions are and Read more…
  • “Go Ye” Means You: Getting Out of the Office and Growing Your Church - “Go Ye” Means You: Getting Out of the Office and Growing Your Church The only thing that tends to grow when pastors spend most of their time in the office is their waistlines! Disagree? Want to reduce yours? Want to Read more…
  • Holiday Hospitality: Parking Lot Thru Worship - Holiday Hospitality: Parking Lot Thru Worship For many, "hospitality" is what we offer before or after a worship service. In reality, hospitality is how we help people feel special, and our opportunities to extend it begin as folks approach our Read more…
  • Getting Ready for the Christmas Eve Unchurched Guests - Generally, we only get two shots a year to reach (not reach out) the unchurched open to coming to a worship service . . . Christmas Eve will be your last shot for the year. Will you be ready? What Read more…
  • Christmas Planning - Yes, it’s only the first Tuesday of October but it’s past time to be planning for Christmas, particularly because it functionally begins four Sundays before! What’s your theme this year? How will you count down to December 25th and carry Read more…
  • Proactive Stewardship Strategies - Stewardship is more than a campaign; it’s more like a crusade that’s a part of your congregation’s life. It takes intentionality and planning on the part of the congregation as well as on the part of each person in the congregation.
  • Church Health: Hope or Hype? - Is there such a thing as a "sick" congregation? Can a congregation be "terminally ill?" Drs. Kris and Bill move past diagnosis this week to talk about church health, fitness, and congregational longevity. With Guest Bill Easum.   [product-description productid=”1885″] Read more…
  • Church Size Transitions - Is your congregation having trouble growing beyond 50 . . . 100 . . . 200 . . . 500? Do arguments seem to break out or people leave when your worship attendance nears one of those "magic" numbers? Have Read more…
  • Conversion or Conversation - Evangelism is still a bit of a four-letter word in the minds of many Christians. It conjures up visions of knocking on doors, handing out leaflets, and quoting Bible verses. For over 300 years, according to some, the church has Read more…
  • Recruiting and Training Volunteer Leaders - Good, effective leaders come by neither default nor begging. Effective ministries can be effected only when we pray, recruit, and follow through with training. Drs. Kris and Bill share tips and tools for both recruiting and training potential leaders.    Read more…
  • Ministry With and For Children and Youth - This week Drs. Kris and Bill (parents of five and grandparents of seven) share personal experience plus some of the latest findings in the realm of children and youth ministries, findings that may just help you find your children in Read more…
  • Boomer Ministries - They’re becoming the most powerful AARP group in history, but they were also the first generation to leave the church en mass. How are you going to reach the Baby Boomers who are still stinging from the 50s and 60s? Read more…
  • Doing Ministry with Singles - Probably one of the most difficult ministries to start and maintain is a successful singles’ ministry. This week we’ll share insights we’ve gained over the years, and speak to some guests who’ve experienced success in providing excellence in reaching this Read more…
  • Discerning and Embedding Core Values - You can tell what’s important to a church by looking at the congregation’s budget and their calendar. Values are what’s really important … and values drive our behaviors. Helping churches discern their values, and helping them live into values that Read more…
  • Developing True Teams - Committees or Teams? The "team" buzz word of the last five or ten years doesn’t seem to have infected the church much. A committee by any other name is still a committee – and in today’s real world, committees are Read more…
  • Reaching Men - You may have noticed the slew of books that have been released over the past year or two on why men don’t do church. And though there are a lot of reasons why they don’t, it’s not a new problem. Read more…
  • Church Marketing - According to the research, the average USAmerican is exposed to over 3,000 advertising impressions every day – and our personal opinion is that the research is conservative. In today’s world, effective commercial marketing for most churches is out of reach. Read more…