Church Growth Archives - Church Executive


SHANE WARREN & THE ASSEMBLY: A (construction) course correction

Changeup! How a 96-year-old church made a tough call in the “bottom of the ninth” of their $15-million building project — and emerged beautifully By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Fourteen years ago, Lead Pastor Shane Warren arrived at The Assembly, a 96-year-old church in West Monroe, La. Like many long-established congregations, the church was facing a season […]

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COLLIN LUCAS & CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP OF LIVERMORE: Leaps & bounds — and lending, too!

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Sixteen years ago, when Collin Lucas joined the staff at Cornerstone Fellowship of Livermore, he worked in IT. However, he also brought with him extensive experience in the business management consulting realm. Now, as Cornerstone’s CFO, his secular business background has proven instrumental in helping build — and fund intelligently — the […]

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Facility repurposing: financial pros & cons

 By Kari Boyce Whether you’re a new church looking for a first home, a growing congregation needing a larger space to worship, or searching for a space for your exploding youth group to meet, there’s no denying one major trend for churches: facility repurposing. Churches across the country are taking advantage of vacant space that […]

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Understanding metrics that quantify leveraged assets

By Rebecca M. DaVee, CPA In 1856, 16 individuals formed First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. For 15 years, the congregation met in various locations, including the Dallas County Courthouse. Fast forward to 1872 — the Dallas Presbyterians had found a new church home, located on Elm and Ervay. With the arrival of the railroads, downtown […]

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3 things “churches in the shadows” can learn from megachurches

Not every small church in the country is destined to become a megachurch, nor should it be. Nearly 90% of all churchgoers attend much smaller churches and obviously enjoy the size, fellowship and ministry they find there. Even so, here are some things we can learn from the megachurches, and which are likely to contribute to continued health and vitality, if not attendance growth.

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Why your report writer is no longer good enough

Report-writing tools were supposed to help solve these challenges, but it’s evident that those are limited in their application. As a result, church leaders feel like they’re swimming in a sea of information, but still thirsty for insight. Where do these new report-writing tools fall short? More importantly, is there a better way to analyze the information you have to finally start gaining traction towards your ultimate vision? Those are the two questions we’re working together to help church leaders answer.

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New Year’s resolution — plant a church!

Perhaps you’ve heard the often-told adage that 80 percent of all new church plants fail. Not true. While there’s no comprehensive research on the total number of new churches started annually, the most recent research on literally thousands of new church starts show that 99 percent of all new churches survive the first year, and 68 percent survive to year four. Moreover, of the churches that survive, more than 70 percent are self-sufficient financially by the fifth year.

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Pastor uses Internet to launch multiple churches across the country simultaneously in time for Christmas

With more than 3 billion people using the Internet by 2015, the trend of people relying on the Internet to connect with each other is showing no signs of slowing down — and that’s just fine with Jimmie Davidson.

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2 unseen benefits of being an established church

The “established” side of the established church is often viewed with some derision. I certainly understand why.The establishment can be stodgy, stuck and stuffy. Being established, however, is what you make it.

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Healthy church members: how they help create (and grow) healthy churches

Just as every pastor should be concerned about church health, every true believer should be interested as well in how to be a “healthy church member.” As we focused on the local church in the last blog, I thought I would address the topic as well from a local church perspective.

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