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Developing Leaders in Your Church: Great Inspiration in this 'Romans 12' Newsletter


Be sure to read this edition of the Romans 12 Newsletter! It's about a great leadership development initiative that includes spiritual formation, study, and reflection on ministry.  From Romans 12 Newsletter Issue #204 August 8, 2014 Growing Spiritual Leaders Dixon United Methodist Church in Dixon, California, has launched a leadership development initiative that includes spiritual formation, study, and reflection on ministry. Meeting monthly, over the course of nine months, leaders gather on...

A Compelling Look at Factors that Lead to Church Growth ... And Decline


If Churches Can Change, They Can Grow Shared from Lovett H. Weems, Jr An exceptionally revealing report on church growth is now available from the Faith Communities Today research project. Drawing on extensive survey data, noted researcher C. Kirk Hadaway paints a compelling picture of factors leading both to church growth and decline. Churches have differing degrees of control over these factors. Factors Beyond the Control of Congregations Region. If your church is in the South, it is far more ...

Vital Congregations


Topical preaching, varied worship styles, effective lay leadership and small groups. A UMNS report cites these as things United Methodist congregations can do right now to become more vital and strengthen the denomination, say members of the Call to Action Steering Team. Read the full story here: http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=8622411&tr=y&auid=6889047 

Where is everybody going? A moving map has the answer


Millions of people move from one county to another each year. If you would like to see from where people are coming to your county or where their destinations are if moving away, go to the map link below. Click once on a county to see the comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement; red lines, net outward movement. Map: Where Are Americans Moving http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/04/migration-moving-wealthy-interactive-counties-map.html 

Marketing Your Church/Making Social Media Work


We had a great event at Reinhardt yesterday focusing on how to leverage Public Relations and Facebook for your congregation. Find PDFs of the Power Point presentations below. Documents: Making Social Media Work (pdf) Marketing Your Church (pdf)

New Free Resource


Dr.  Robert Crossman, minister of new church starts and congregational advancement for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, has written a series titled "50 Ways to Build Strength." New to the series is "50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance."  Suggestions include ways to improve attendance of current members, to invite new people, to make your church visible and attractive, to welcome worship guests warmly, to make worship accessible to newcomers, and to follow up with ...

Leaders, Oxygen and Hope


The Swiss theologian Emil Brunner is credited with having said, “What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.”  Hope is the message of the Church to a doubting and worried world. Romans 5:3-5 reads this way: “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”  Our hope is founded on God’s faithfulness.  ...

Sowing Seeds of Discontent


What to do when your church is content - but shouldn’t be My book fell open to that page believe it or not, page 51 (makes me think of one of my favorite verses – Luke 9:51.) Jody Flowers was sent to a church that had plateaued. He asked himself “how can a new pastor take an impressive but flatlined church to new levels of outreach and faith?” Answer: Sow intentional seeds of discontent He asked questions like this, “Isn’t it great that God is bringing people to our region who need Jesus?” “I ...