Why You Need to Know About Ministry Systems

Why You Need to Know About Ministry Systems

I met a great church planter in a North Carolina restaurant. He was a sharp, articulate entrepreneur kind of guy, just at the front end of what will probably be a very long and fruitful ministry. Since successfully planting his church four years before, he had started...

Healthy Church Systems Part 24: Seeing the Lost

I shared a meal with a pastor of a recovering church recently. The church had gone through a long decline, watching long time members pass or move away. Its financial support became fragile and its future uncertain. The one thing that we both agreed on was that it...

Healthy Church Systems Part 21: Connection

Shirley and I once visited a church whose pastor I had coached (poorly, as it turned out) in the Connection System. We were greeted extravagantly at the door, personally escorted to the refreshments, handed great brochures about the church’s ministries and led to our...

Healthy Church Systems Part 15: Discipling Culture

A premier pastor of a former generation was mentoring a group of younger leaders of which I was part. During one of his discussions, he mentioned that in the years since he retired from ministry, he had visited over 250 churches all around the country and never had...