Church Balance Sheet (Part 2)

Previously we discussed what assets should be included in the “Fixed Asset” section of the balance sheet. Properly recording the assets results in a stronger balance sheet and also moves the assets out of the expense section of the Statements of Activities. A properly prepared balance sheet will also include all

Tim Massengale – The Need for Prayer and Action

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” James 2:17. I truly wish that church growth would happen by simply praying and waiting upon God. While faith can accomplish anything (Mark 11:22-24), the clear commandment of Christ is to carry the gospel into all the world (Acts

Church Balance Sheet

When we are engaged to work with a church, it is often to help prepare the financials to present to a bank for a loan request. One area that usually needs attention is the fixed asset section. While the guidelines could fill a book, let’s review in summary what is

Juanita Suggs, New Castle, IN -- Our hot meal program is the largest and oldest program in the city. Within a two-hour period, between 350 and 400 people are fed through our hot meal program on Tuesdays. We fed about 2,000 at our Thanksgiving meal, and 800 were served at

5 Reasons a Church Stops Growing

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Obviously, God is ultimately in charge of a church's growth. There are times when God is giving a season of rest and preparation for a church for something to come. In some situations, God may have even taken His hand from the church. God is into church growth, however. I'm

Creating A Climate For My Revival

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). In David’s prayer we see modeled humility, the beginning of all true worship and the recipe for revival in our own personal lives and local churches. Revival within a local church congregation is not

Should Sunday School be Eliminated?

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We are thinking of eliminating our Sunday school and just having morning worship. Your thoughts? In my opinion, this would be a terrible mistake. After 30-plus years of church growth research, I am convinced that Sunday school is one of the best tools for church growth a church can be involved

The First Sip

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A photo freezes the moment. A certain photo, viewed after many years, may provide a rush of memories, emotion or nostalgia. Recently, one such photo struck me hard. It was a snapshot of two of my grandchildren, and it pulled me back in time. For an emotional moment my heart longed

R.I.S.E.N. Ministry – Offering Evangelism, Support to Refugees and International Students

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Almost 98,000 foreign immigrants sought refuge in North America in 2012. Legal immigrants running away from other nations, because of persecution, seek refuge in Europe, parts of Asia, and especially in America. Refugee International Student Evangelism Network (R.I.S.E.N.) is a multicultural ministry. Bro. Marshall Xavier and his wife, Vani, founded the

Preaching, A Necessity for Growth

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“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” – 1 Corinthians 1:18   We live in a time where there seem to be so many quick fixes, latest greatest books, and other things concerning church growth.

10 Reasons Why Church Members Don’t Invite Others to Worship

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Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, it is often the failure of church members to invite others. Here are ten responses often heard from church members

The Welcoming Church

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  The Welcoming Church What can you do to get your people involved in ministry? “Make it popular to participate,” says Pastor Terry Baughman of LifeChurch in Gilbert, Arizona. “Acknowledge those who are working in the kingdom. Make it sound like everyone is involved and encourage others to join in. I’d call