10 Reasons Americans Go to Church — And 9 Reasons They Don’t

As our congregations are cycling up for the school year, this CNN report on a recent Pew Research Center study has much to challenge and encourage our church leadership!

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is one way your congregation can grow the number one reason people attend church, “To become closer to God?”
  2. What is one practical thing your congregation can do to combat one or more of the reasons why people do not attend worship?

8 Ways to Stay Relevant, Expand Your Skills, and Thrive

This blog post by Michael Hyatt, subtitled, 8 Ways to Stay Relevant, Expand Your Skills, and Thrive will give you lots of excellent suggestions about how to grow as a leader. Hyatt writes for a more secular audience, but writes from a Christian perspective and for years has offered numerous free resources, including this one that helped me create my blog.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Which of these skills spoke to you most?
  2. How could you apply one of these skills to your ministry right now?

Seven Habits of Outwardly Focused Churches

This article by Thom Rainer will give you some reasons why ministries can slowly lose their outward focus and lots of practical ideas about how to regain an outward focus.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Can you think of some reasons why your ministry may have lost some outward focus?
  2. What is one of the seven ideas for a more outward ministry that could be applied soon in your context?

Outward Focused Ministry

This teaching video wrestles with one of the most important decisions a congregation can make, whether to be inward or outward focused.


Discussion Questions:

  1. What is an area of your ministry that is too inward focused?
  2. What is one thing you and your leaders can do right now to make your ministry more outward focused?