Have you ever wondered what first-time guests are thinking as they pull out of your church parking lot after the service?
The company Faith Perceptions helps churches take the guesswork out of first impressions by deploying mystery guests to churches to help them see their services through the eyes of a visitor. This allows churches to understand what can be improved so guests will be more likely to return.
While Christians say they want to exude confidence in their conversations with people from other faiths, non-Christians don’t have the same hopes for their talks with Christians.
There is a crisis in the church.
People are leaving.
And we want them to come back.
But before we ask how to get them back, we need to ask why they’re leaving in the first place.
Is the church ready for Generation Z? Maina Mwaura sat down with some members of the generation and many don’t believe the church is prepared.
They describe their generation as diverse, independent, creative, open-minded and accepting. But say they constantly struggling with anxiety and have a deserved reputation for a lack of work ethic.
To expect different results, you need to do ministry differently.
God put a passion in my heart for helping organizations get unstuck.
Even from the early days, I’ve had a passion to help churches, specifically existing churches, to get healthy. All of my previous experience—my city manager days, included—has been working with communities and churches to help rebuild what is suffering and declining. I started The Unstuck Group because of this.
For the last 30 years, I’ve been researching and teaching ancient languages and the Bible. I’ve tended to write abstruse things and to be pleased if I could get double-figure numbers of readers. I’ve also tended to advise budding scholars not to write too much. After all, it takes rather a long time to learn anything well. However, now I’ve finally written a book for lay people entitled Can We Trust the Gospels? (Crossway: 2018). I’ve aimed it at people without prior knowledge of the subject but writing so that even those who know a lot about the Gospels will learn something.
There are multiple ways to share the good news of Jesus Christ. You can open-air preach. Or you can just walk up to a stranger on the street with a tract and hope for a brief conversation. Or you can invest into someone’s life as a friend first, eventually leading them to the gospel. One approach does not preclude the others. So what do different forms of evangelism look like in Pastor John’s life? At the recent CROSS conference, Pastor John fielded audience questions. I wanted to share two of them with you today. The first from a young woman named Christie at the microphone.
I was hesitant to write this post.
Indeed, I could see church members using this post to advocate that the pastor needs to do more of the work of ministry like evangelism. I’ve heard similar words many times: “After all, that’s what we pay the pastor to do.”
“The German Shepherd is running loose again. She came out of nowhere and charged me this morning while I was walking Little Napoleon!”
Millennials have been blamed for killing everything in our culture from the hotel industry to canned tuna. Is evangelism next on their hit list? Probably not.