Should Pastors Endorse Political Candidates?
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
21h ago
Elections are contentious. They have been for most of our nation’s history. The tensions surrounding this year’s coming election season should not be a surprise. To what degree should pastors be involved in the political process? Thom and Sam discuss this hot-button issue on today’s episode. Pastors have always been part of the political process as influencers in their churches. Do not let the fear of government or loss of tax status drive your decision. Elections matter to the church, and your people need a shepherd to help navigate the political realm. Endorsing individuals is ..read more
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A Special Three-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: Episode #3 – How Does Church Design Impact the Culture of a Church? With Todd Brown
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1w ago
Todd Brown is the CEO of Brown Church Development Group, a national church design/build firm. In this three-part podcast series, we will look at ministry focused design. In this third part, we talk with Todd about the ways in which church design impacts the culture of a church. Institutional versus relational ministry. Care about people, but it is not reflected in design.  The most impactful attributes of relational spaces: Feels like you are a family. Multiple areas to sit. Resources: Brown Church Development Group “Know Your Community” Why Any Size Ch ..read more
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A Special Three-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: Episode #2 – How Do Groups Change a Facility? With Todd Brown
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1w ago
Todd Brown is the CEO of Brown Church Development Group, a national church design/build firm. In this three-part podcast series, we will look at ministry-focused design. In this second part, we talk with Todd about what it means to balance a facility, focusing on groups. How to effectively reach the community by avoiding limiting ministry. The most recent trends in church architecture. How life groups change a church facility. Resources: Brown Church Development Group “Know Your Community” Episode #1: How Do You Build a Church Facility Design for Ministry? Episode #3: How Doe ..read more
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A Special Three-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: Episode #1 – How Do You Build a Church Facility Design for Ministry? With Todd Brown
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1w ago
Todd Brown is the CEO of Brown Church Development Group, a national church design/build firm. In this three-part podcast series, we will look at ministry focused design. In this first part, we talk with Todd about how to build ministry value in a facility design.  Worship space seating shape and site lines. Intentionally build as if you expect guests. Reflect the most important values. How a “Know Your Community” report can inform a facility design. Resources: Brown Church Development Group “Know Your Community” Episode #2: How Do Groups Change a Facility? With Todd ..read more
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Should I Plan to Retire from My Church? Five Questions
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
2w ago
The median age of pastors continues to get older. At Church Answers, we often speak with pastors who are contemplating retirement. Sam and Thom address the five most common questions we ask these pastors so that we can help them in their decision-making process. 1. What do you discern God is saying? 2. How much joy do you have in your current church? 3. Have many members hinted about your need to retire? 4. What is your financial condition? 5. What would you do after retirement? Resources: NTV Economic Bible (Spanish) Tyndale House Publishers Upward Sports Church Answers Certifications ..read more
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How Do We Reach the Never Attenders?
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
3w ago
In last week’s episode, Thom and Sam looked at the growing reality of the Never Attenders in the United States. Today, they discuss how churches might reach this group. Over one in three Americans is a Never Attender. The Never Attender used to be an outlier group with typical demographic characteristics. Today, the group is a cross-section of most demographic groups. It is likely that the growth of the Never Attenders came from Cultural Christians. Simply put, our church’s outreach must focus more on evangelism than reaching transfers. Most churches in America have little ..read more
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Who Are the Never Attenders Today?
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1M ago
Based on the outstanding research of Ryan Burge, we can see more clearly who are and who are not attending church today. Thom and Sam look at his latest research on the Never Attenders, a growing group in America. Ryan Burge has become the go-to person for much research on the composition of church attendance. In 2008, 20% of all respondents reported never attending religious services. By 2022, that share had risen to 34%, over 45 million Americans who are new to this category. In the past, the most prominent predictor for Never Attenders was political and age: Democrats and young adul ..read more
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How to Create a Useful Evangelism Budget for Your Church
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1M ago
Many churches give to missions through the operating budget. But what about funds for the work of evangelism in the community? On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss the importance of allocating a portion of the budget for evangelism. The co-hosts give some practical tips on how much this budget line item should be and what should go into it. The budget is a great place to determine a church’s priorities. If evangelism is a priority, then the church should fund the work. Consider splitting the evangelism budget into thirds: training people, digital resources, and gifts for neighbors ..read more
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Five Key Objectives of an Excellent Interim Pastorate
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1M ago
Sometimes churches view interim pastors as “band-aids” to keep the church together, but a good interim will do much more. Thom and Sam discuss what defines a successful interim pastorate. Whether short-term or long-term in duration, these five key objectives can make or break an interim role. Objective 1: Teaching the church a new pastor will not be a silver bullet. Objective 2: Making tough staffing decisions before the new pastor arrives. Objective 3: Preparing the church for a season of change. Objective 4: Freeing the organizational culture as much as possible for a new vision. Objective 5 ..read more
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How a Church Should Respond When a Pastor Has Mental Health Problems
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by Matthew Boyle, Thom Rainer
1M ago
One in four pastors say they have struggled with mental health issues, and 17% of pastors say it was diagnosed. Given the prevalence of the issue, churches cannot ignore the problem. Silence creates the perception that something is off-limits. Mental illness does not signal a lack of faith any more than contracting cancer signals a lack of faith. Thom and Sam discuss how churches can be helpful to pastors who struggle with mental health problems. Remove the “taboo” label. Deal with the problem candidly but with compassion. Do not discount warning signs as someone’s personality or quirks ..read more
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