Why Church Leaders Should Embrace Their Flaws

Why Church Leaders Should Embrace Their Flaws

There has yet to be a church that exists with perfect members or church leaders. It’s not humanly possible. However, far too many church leaders feel that they have to be perfect and set that ideal example for everyone to follow. That type of pressure often just leads to even worse flaws. After all, being able to embrace who we are at any given moment makes it easier to become a better person. For leaders at church, this also helps you grow the church. Easier To Connect With Members Do you ever remember feeling intimidated in high school or college …

10 Church Statistics You Need To Know For 2018

10 Church Statistics You Need To Know For 2018

UPDATE: Be Sure to check out our 2019 edition of this post with 37 new important church statistics.  See also 2017. When you’re trying to understand trends around church attendance, engaging millennials and building your church, you might feel at a loss. One of the best ways to keep yourself connected is to look at church statistics. These statistics help you uncover what members and the unchurched want and need most. As your church evolves, you’ll need to continue studying trends and statistics to stay current. As 2018 begins, use these 10 stats to your advantage. 1. Pastors Are Older Millennials …

Why Church Leaders Stop Leading

Why Church Leaders Stop Leading

It’s always confusing to members when church leaders stop leading, especially when the change seems to come suddenly. Often times, members believe the leaders just don’t care anymore, but that’s usually far from the truth. In fact, those leaders may still want to lead, but something’s standing in their way. Whether it’s a problem of their own making or something else, knowing why a leader has stopped leading is vital to helping them become the leader you know they can be. They Feel Excluded Leading a church is a team effort. Yes, there must ultimately be a team leader, but …

8 Qualities Of A Great Youth Pastor

8 Qualities Of A Great Youth Pastor

It’s not always easy being a youth pastor. In fact, most church members and parents look to youth pastors to be one of the biggest role models in their children’s lives. With expectations so high, it’s vital to find a great youth pastor to lead the youth in your church. Part of the search is finding one that meshes well with your church family. The other part is looking for the unique qualities that set great youth pastors apart from the rest. 1. Incredible People Skills Having incredible people skills goes hand in hand with being any type of effective …

When Church Cultures Go Bad

When Church Cultures Go Bad

Churches usually start off with a strong vision of their church culture. However, it takes constant work to maintain that culture. It’s far too easy for churches to slip. A disagreement that turns members against each other or leaders who refuse to be team players start to shift the culture from positive to negative. When church cultures go bad, it could spell the end of your church. Members and leaders leave and there’s no new growth. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Signs Of A Toxic Culture The first thing to do is to recognize the signs of …

What Happens When Narcissism Creeps In

What Happens When Narcissism Creeps In?

When you think of a church leader, you usually think of a selfless individual who wants to serve God and help others explore their faith. But, what happens when narcissism creeps in? As a leader, even in a church, it’s easy to let that power go to your head. This leads to narcissistic tendencies. While no one’s immune to the occasional narcissistic moment, it can negatively affect the church when leaders let narcissism take over. Leadership Turns To Dictatorship It may be such as a gradual transition that no one notices until it’s too late. You feel like you’re the …

Church Leadership Is A Tough Gig

One of the most difficult leadership roles is a church leader. In fact, church leadership ranks as number five out of nine on Forbes for toughest leadership positions. Of course, this doesn’t mean church leaders don’t love their jobs. Whether they’re being paid or they’re volunteering, being a leader in a church is fulfilling. From the outside, it might not seem quite so hard, but it’s important to think about all the responsibilities and how different church leaders are from other types of leaders. Leaders Aren’t Perfect Most people don’t expect leaders to be absolutely perfect, but when it comes …

What Teen Ministry Attenders Wish Their Parents Knew

It’s not uncommon for parents to rely on teen ministry groups to take care of their teen’s spiritual needs. What parents may not realize is that their teens need their parents more now than ever. In fact, most teens talk about issues that they wish their parents knew more about. While teen ministry groups feel like a safe place, they’d love to share more with their parents. Most importantly, they want their parents to understand them. It’s Okay To Be Involved A common misunderstanding about teens is they don’t want their parents involved in their lives. Yes, teens tend to be …

Why Leadership In Churches Matters

One of the most important things that church members and visitors are looking for is effective and engaging leadership in a church. Leadership in churches is about far more than just a title. It’s about how leaders engage with the church community. It’s the leaders that inspire members to keep coming back and help grow the church. Without the right leaders, it’s difficult for a church to continue to thrive for generations. Guide The Community Through Changes Church isn’t the same as it was 100 years ago. As times change, so do churches. However, there is always some hesitance from …

how to make your church's tech engaging to millennials

How To Make Your Church’s Technology Engaging to Millennials

It’s a problem that churches face every day – millennials are leaving and not coming back. This disturbing trend comes from millennials wanting something different from their church. Their lifestyles are different now and they want to be part of a community that reflects those differences. While many churches try to appeal to millennials with fun technology, your church’s technology needs to be engaging to millennials. Luckily, that’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. Keep Technology Relevant Tech trends change rapidly and millennials pay close attention to trends. Why else would they stand outside in the pouring rain …