Outreach and Evangelism Methods

Outreach and Evangelism Methods

What outreach programs are, in your opinion, most effective? Someone has aptly observed that you can cut down a tree with a pocket knife or a chain saw. Both will do the job. One will just do it faster than the other. By the same token, there are many methods of outreach and evangelism you can use in the local church.…

Church Growth in the Age of Donald Trump

Church Growth in the Age of Donald Trump

Church Growth in the Age of Donald Trump Syndicated columnist Don Feder writes, “Christians are the only group Hollywood can offend with impunity, the only creed it actually goes out of its way to insult. Clerics, from fundamentalist preachers to Catholic monks, are routinely represented as hypocrites, hucksters, sadists, and lechers. The tenets of Christianity are regularly held up to ridicule.”…

Summer is Upon Us!

Summer is Upon Us!

Summer is upon us, and if you don’t already have your Vacation Bible School (VBS) plans made, I strongly urge you to do so. VBS has proven over the years to be a highly successful method of boosting your SS attendance and expanding your evangelism reach. But there are some things you can do to make this annual event even more…

Church Growth Success!

Church Growth Success!

Dr. David McClellan, professor of psychology at Harvard University, once stated, “Most people can be divided into two broad groups. There is the minority, which are challenged by adversity and opportunity – and are willing to work hard to achieve something. Then there is the majority, which really don’t care about anything all that much.” What I admire most about Apostolic…

New Convert Involvement

New Convert Involvement

New Convert Involvement   New convert care is one of the three essential ingredients to successful church growth (church organization/management and church outreach/evangelism being the other two). The three elements of successful new convert care are instruction, fellowship and involvement. But I am often asked, “How soon can you start using a new convert and how are they best involved?” How…

Growing Your Church With Home Bible Studies

Growing Your Church With Home Bible Studies

The story is told of an elderly gentleman who one day took his young, seven-year-old grandson behind the house to plant the summer garden. The little boy was instructed to make a hole in the freshly tilled soil with a sharp stick. Into each hole the Grandfather dropped two or three seeds. First they planted a row of corn, then a…

Chicken Finger Fridays

Chicken Finger Fridays

Chicken Finger Fridays At Indiana Bible College, we have “Chicken Finger Fridays.” Every Friday, the cafeteria serves up piles of steaming hot chicken fingers and French fries for lunch. It is, without question, the favorite meal among students. This IBC tradition has been going on for years. No one complains. All enjoy it. “Chicken Finger Friday” is as much a part…

How Do I Recover From a Church Split?

How Do I Recover From a Church Split?

How do I recover from a church split? Positive attitude and encouraging words. Few things hurt worse than having a substantial number of families leave the church. However, it is at such a time that your faithful members will be looking to you for direction. The situation must be acknowledged and the reasons for the loss explained with an emphasis upon…

Your Church “Brand.”

Your Church “Brand.”

Your Church “Brand.” In the business world, much is made about “branding,” or what qualities make a company stand out. When the concept is applied to a church, it refers to the unique qualities that sets your church apart within a crowded and complex marketplace. In past years this was referred to as “name recognition” and your “identity profile.” The principle…