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Why Talking About Church Growth Matters

Refinery Under Construction

It's inevitable. Every single time we publish an article on pastors.com designed to help Pastors lead their churches to grow, people react with defensiveness and pseudo-spiritual comments. Everyone seems quick to point out that "it's not about numbers," "bigger doesn't mean better," and "my small church matters …

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You Can Have Growth, Or You Can Have Control

Grace Hills Church In a Movie Theater

If Proverbs could have a 32nd chapter of nuggets of wisdom, David Chrzan would write it. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's repetitively dropped advice that has shaped my own philosophy of leadership. For example, in a recent conversation David said, "You can have growth or you …

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Creating Excellence With a Tiny Budget

Budget Motel

When we began planting Grace Hills, we didn't have the quarter of a million dollars that some plants in America start out with. We had way less than that in fact, so we had to figure out how to hack some things together, and I'm convinced it's made us stronger. We learned to do the very best we could with what …

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Going Social to Plant Churches

Wires

There is a formula for launching a church in America. Collect lots of money. Spend lots of money getting the word out. Turn the big crowd of strangers into a church. It's easy... if you have lots of money. But c'mon, church planters are hackers by nature right? It's possible to get the word out in a better way, …

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What I’m Teaching at Exponential West 2013

Exponential West

I just received final word about the sessions I'll be teaching at Exponential West at Saddleback Church in a few weeks. It's not too late to join me! SESSIONS Session 1: Going Social to Plant Churches Planting churches requires us to be relational, which means getting offline. But what if real …

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When the Church Is Crazy About Broken People

Crack Me Up

Broken people will flock to the church. We can debate all day long about whether the church should be attractional or not. What we should really be talking about is how the church should be attractional. Ultimately, if all we're doing is putting on a good show, playing good music, and preaching good sermons, …

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Whatever It Takes, Short of Sin

Into the Darkness

At Grace Hills, we will do whatever it takes, short of sin, to find people far from God and lead them to life in Jesus. That's one of our core values, and it's the one that probably creates the most tension for Christians. It's a value that is drawn straight from Scripture: I have become all things to all …

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Planting Churches and Popping Bubbles

Double Bubbles

When we started planting Grace Hills Church, we moved fast. We had our first public information meeting in July of 2011 and launched in January of 2012. Some planting strategists would make the assumption that we were all about getting to the weekend show and not enough about making disciples. Nothing could be …

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Why I Hope the Multi-Ethnic Ministry Conversation is Short-Lived

Multi-ethnic Church

I'm currently reading Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church by Mark DeYmaz. It's one of several books I've read on the subject because it's a big area of concern for me as a Pastor who is planting a church in a community that is diversifying much more quickly than the churches within it. But I hope the …

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God Loves Big Thinking

Taking the World by Storm

Sometimes someone comes to Grace Hills from a larger church because they're "looking for something smaller." My reply is always the same. "You're welcome here, but I hope we let you down." It's not that we've set out to be a "big" church or a megachurch. But we also haven't set out on this journey merely to …

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