How to fill your pews has been a question since before the pandemic. It is especially compelling now. As you think about this important question, keep in mind the following eight facts, and eight ways you can act. I encourage you to share this article with your key leaders and decision-makers so that you can discover the unique ways you will choose to fill your pews this year.
Mentoring is the glue that held the early church together. If your congregation is falling apart, it’s time to take a look at the power of mentoring.
Jesus mentored his followers. Those followers, in turn, mentored new followers. And so on until the message and the power of the Gospel spread far and wide.
When Jesus took time for spiritual renewal, he went into the wilderness. He stepped away from all the trappings of his work. He traveled without a laptop. Without a calendar. He even left his disciples at home. In other words, Jesus left behind the first-century version of distractions so that he could fully unplug.
You are on the front lines of leadership during the most extensive, swiftest cultural shift the world has ever experienced. Everything has changed. You have been rising to the challenge. Some of you share this as the most rewarding, if not demanding, chapter of your ministry. It’s time to boost your spiritual immune system.
For three days in an Airbnb rental in a cozy Atlanta neighborhood, my team and I took a spiritual retreat. Nine of us worshiped together, laughed and played together, ate meals together, envisioned the coming year together, and worked on some detailed processes together.