Congregational Closure – By Rev. Dennis Alger

Be prepared for the work ahead by going to your nearby worker-friendly retailer and purchasing sufficient quantities of facial tissue; there will be tears. It is a factor of our time. Mainline congregations are experiencing decline; many of us find that faithfulness...

Do More with Less – by Eric Law

When I was young my family always had guests for dinner. On any given day, there might be twelve to fifteen people at the dinner table. Dinner was a time of joyful sharing of food and stories. I thought we were quite wealthy, feeding so many people every night. Only...

Currency of Relationship – by Eric Law

A church was facing a mid-year $10,000 budget shortfall. This was not because the church had not been doing missional ministries. In fact, they were serving the neighborhood with many innovative projects. During the coffee hour that Sunday, the pastor asked those...

Currencies Must Flow – by Eric Law

Best Practices, Personal Financial Planning I grew up with a Chinese saying: Water is Money. I often heard it as a joke, especially when it was raining – the rain became a wish or a symbol of financial abundance. In spoken Cantonese, I also heard people use the word...

When the News is Good – by Rev. George Martin

  St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Il (a Chicago suburb) responded to a free offer from Brick House Security, a company making GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) tracking devices. The church installed GPS devices on each of the figures in its outdoor...

Prepping for Growth – by Ideas of Alice Mann

by Ideas of Alice Mann In her book Raising the Roof and in her recent IMN workshop, keynoter Alice Mann presents a complete program to guide congregations when they are transitioning from a Pastoral (50-150 weekly attendance) church to a Program (150-400) church. This...

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