8 Ways to Stop Biggering and Start Bettering the Church

8 Ways to Stop Biggering and Start Bettering the Church

Remember the Once-ler? From The Lorax by Dr. Seuss? He was a fairly normal guy who wanted to build a big business at the expense of the environment, so he kept “biggering and biggering” until all the trees were gone, the wildlife had vacated the landscape,...
Great Leadership is Always About Serving Other People

Great Leadership is Always About Serving Other People

The best book I’ve ever read on leadership is – and I’m not merely trying to sound spiritual – the Bible. Jesus was the greatest leader of all time, of course, but there are also many other examples of great leadership in Scripture. Joseph was...
How to Stop a Church from Growing

How to Stop a Church from Growing

Have you ever read Acts 15? It’s right between Acts 14 and Acts 16! Many people find themselves skipping the chapter, or at best, lazily dozing their way through it to get to the excitement of chapter 16 where Paul received his great “Macedonian...
5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

5 Words of Wisdom and Caution for a Growing Church

Five years ago, Grace Hills Church was made up of about 35 of us. Last year, our final year meeting in a movie theater, we had an average worship attendance of about 240. And since moving into our current location in January of this year, that average has been 385...
3 Questions for the Heart of Every Church Leader 

3 Questions for the Heart of Every Church Leader 

This past Sunday was pretty special for Grace Hills Church. After four years of being a portable church plant meeting in two local movie theaters, we moved into our newly renovated space in Rogers, Arkansas. We called it a “soft launch” and reserved the...
Just How Large Should a Local Church Be? Well…

Just How Large Should a Local Church Be? Well…

I love small churches. I love medium-sized churches. And I love large churches and “megachurches” (typically defined as an evangelical congregation with 2,000 or more weekend service attenders). I also agree with a principle shared by Bailey Smith who once...
Why Talking About Church Growth Matters

Why Talking About Church Growth Matters

It’s inevitable. Every time I write or speak on the topic of “church growth,” people react with defensiveness and pseudo-spiritual comments. Everyone seems quick to point out that “it’s not about numbers,” “bigger...

You Can Have Growth, Or You Can Have Control

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...

8 Questions for Churches at a Life and Death Cultural Crossroads

One of our core values at Grace Hills is, “We stay fast, fluid, and flexible. There are no sacred cows. We embrace the pain of change for the win of seeing more people meeting Jesus.” I wrote that one knowing that of all of our other core values, it would...
Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

Why Grace Hills Church Is In Jeopardy

Grace Hills Church is eleven Sundays old, officially, and about eight months old, unofficially. And we’re in trouble. If we don’t do something, all of our effort will be in vain and all hope of planting the kind of church Jesus had in mind will be lost....

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