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How pastors can stay upbeat when they feel beat up.

How pastors can stay upbeat when they feel beat up.

There is no doubt that the job of “pastoring” can be brutal work. The harshest winter winds coupled with subzero temperatures are no match for the grief and burdens that come with the being the point man in a local church. Standing tall for truth sometimes just makes you a bigger target that can take […]

How to Grow Your Church Just to Stay Even.

How to Grow Your Church Just to Stay Even.

Note from a pastor in one of the pastor forums online. For a few years now I have had to grow (which we’ve seen quite a bit of of late) just to maintain. ABC Church skyrocketed in the first 3 1/2 years to regular attendance dancing on either side of 100 and today, 2 1/2 […]

How to Fix a Known Weakness

How to Fix a Known Weakness

  Pastor, are you good at some things? Bad at others? I recently did a poll among some pastor friends. I ask them about some of their areas of weakness. The exact question was worded like this: We all a vessels surrendered to the Lord for His use, however; we have an obligation to learn, […]

Prune or Be Pruned

Prune or Be Pruned

​Every gardener knows that pruning those branches make things grow that much better. I am not sure what goes on inside chemistry of a plant that makes it grow healthier, but I do know it’s biblical and it works. As the “back to school” season gets into full swing, make sure your church and leadership […]

The Right Kind of Tools

The Right Kind of Tools

I just wanted to give you a quick little video on how your local church can get some of the right tools to make your job easier! Link up with local church help today! Join the ReachKeep Resource Feed I like what I see! Sign me up! Just enter your email address to receive regular […]

Bring them Back! How to get Easter guests to return.

Bring them Back! How to get Easter guests to return.

Concerning getting Easter visitors to return to church the following Sunday, I have attached a YouTube video I did for ReachKeep.com that explains all of the things we are doing at our church this year. I get very frustrated with when church leaders speak disparagingly of Christmas and Easter only guests. Nicknaming them CEO’s further frustrates me. I […]

How to Get an Awesome Easter Spurt!

How to Get an Awesome Easter Spurt!

Much of our life is lived in spurts. Growth spurts, seasonal changes and celebrating holidays are all part of human nature.  There is a way us humans behave and act in our culture that is certainly certain. It is consistently regular. It is the natural part of us that enjoys ups and downs, and vacations and moments of busyness. […]

Learn How To Protect Your Church

Learn How To Protect Your Church

Learn To Protect: Keeping your church a safe place The safety of those we minister to is a top priority, but so is reaching the lost and dying world. How do you balance the two? Our church just got done with a really big event for our area. We invited the entire community in for […]

3 Easy Tips For Reaching Young Families [Blog]

3 Easy Tips For Reaching Young Families [Blog]

Your local church can and should be reaching new, young families. Focusing on the right techniques is better than just hoping they will come. Here are a few easy, “quick start” steps any church can take right away. These won’t cost you a dime, but have been proven over and over again as effective. 1. […]

How To Boost Your Church’s Health With Community Events [Blog]

How To Boost Your Church’s Health With Community Events [Blog]

Here are a few ways to boost your church’s health with a big community event. 1. As a leader, from the pulpit, inspire your church to be community-minded. It’s so important that you as leader promote and encourage community events. By doing this you can have a powerful influence not only within your church but […]

Church Visibility Snippet

This is a short little cut I recorded while we were working on the video side of the church visibility course. You can enroll in the free course by using the form below. Every church needs to be highly visible in its community.  Here are five ways to make that happen. Hands-on, practical training from […]

Six Church Website Mistakes

Six Church Website Mistakes

(NOTE:If you just signed up for the “freebie”, please check your inbox and confirm your address, then return and read this blog post) Okay, so I have been on the road for a few weeks doing a little experiment. I decided since I was traveling across a big portion of the midwest, I would evaluate […]

Ugh! Three Terrible Church Signs

Note: [The last there weeks I have been deep into this “visibility project”. When I left for my family vacation, I knew I would be out of the office, but the creative part of the project was still heavy on my mind, especially when I saw these three church signs!] I am on vacation. At […]

How to Create Anticipation for Church Attendance [Video]

Are people in your community anticipating church? If church leaders can be responsible for “bad” experiences like forgetting to turn the heat on or lack of cleanliness, can’t we also be involved in managing “good” experiences. In this video, learn the importance of “creating anticipation”.  Click the link below to get a list of 19 […]

Three Easy Things for a Better Easter

Three Easy Things for a Better Easter

How would you like to have a better Easter? I know you can’t get better that a resurrection and the Gospel message. But I am talking about a better expression of that. New guests at church, friends bringing friends, eternal decisions, a great spirit, and folks wanting to return! Yep, That kind of better! You […]

How to do Facebook Ads for your Local Church

How to do Facebook Ads for your Local Church

It is a great time of the year to experiment with Facebook ads if you never have used them. With Easter coming just around the corner, you have little to lose and much to gain. The following video that I recorded, was done during the Christmas season. It worked great then, as did our Easter […]

Why Churches Fail to Reach Young Families

Why Churches Fail to Reach Young Families

Why are churches falling to reach young families? Chances are last Sunday your church did not have a new, young family attend for the first time. It is probably not because you didn’t pray. It is probably not because didn’t have appealing music. It is probably not because there are no young families within a […]

Why March is a Good Outreach Month for Young Families.

Why March is a Good Outreach Month for Young Families.

Three reasons March is a great time to reach new young families. Weather is improving in many parts of North America. Parents love to be outdoors with their kids. Outdoor activities conducted in a “neutral location” attract new parents and kids at a much higher rate than “church building” activities. Easter is coming. This is […]

Coffee Cup Pictures — [I Love my Church]

Coffee Cup Pictures — [I Love my Church]

Wow! It seems a lot of folks want these pictures. I have posted both of them for your free downloading convenience! Help yourself and pass on the link! Cup and Bible-tomorrow                           Cup and Bible-Sunday Note that there is one for during the week […]

How to Conduct an Effective Couples Event

How to Conduct an Effective Couples Event

“T for Two” is a couples event designed to help marriages be strong. One of the best things that help kids succeed spiritually is to have a solid family life. At our church we care deeply about the spiritual success of children to the point that nearly every program has a “parental involvement” element. In […]

Special Needs are all around us.

You see special needs at Walmart.  You see special needs at the grocery store.  You see the buses with the wheel chair lifts going through your neighborhood carrying special needs students to school or to their programs. The one place you don’t see them very often is at church.  Have you ever thought about why? Maybe you haven’t […]

GB Packers Baptist Church? [Blog]

GB Packers Baptist Church? [Blog]

What can a preacher and leader of a local church learn from the Green Bay Packers? Not much, I would think. We deals with souls, they deal with pigskins. We invest in eternity, they play 16 regular season games.  They sell beer, get big and wild crowds that take away our Sunday attenders.  But even, […]

24 Ways to Make Horrible Church Announcements [Blog-Announce It! Pt. 4]

24 Ways to Make Horrible Church Announcements [Blog-Announce It! Pt. 4]

Delegate to a lifeless, non-passionate assistant. Simply re-read them word-for-word. Don’t pre-read them and then react in some way to each one. Don’t pre-read and then mispronounce key words and people’s names. Give lots of addresses, phone numbers, dates and times. Do the above rapidly. Pretend you are David Letterman and give running, comic commentary. […]

How to Choose the Right Church Announcements [Blog-Announce It! Pt. 3]

How to Choose the Right Church Announcements [Blog-Announce It! Pt. 3]

Probably one of the most boring and frustrating things that can happen on a Sunday is listening to church announcements done poorly. We have all sat through what seemed like hours of uninteresting and irrelevant blather. What is worse is some of us have all been the ones making those terrible noises! Here are some […]

Five Types of Church Announcements [Blog-Announce It! Pt. 2]

Five Types of Church Announcements [Blog-Announce It! Pt. 2]

Do you want to get good at making better church announcements?  Here are some real practical tips to help you put people at ease. After all, that is what announcements are for, letting folks know what is happening or going to happen in the future.We must always remember, informed people are happy people. This is especially true with […]

Are the Church Announcements as Boring as the Sermon? [Blog-Announce it! Pt. 1]

Have you ever gone to church with great hopes of being lifted up? Have you ever been in great need of encouragement and were hoping the sermon would stir your soul? Of course you have! Me too! Does it always happen quite the way you want? Probably not. Occasionally its a “sleeper”. That’s going to […]

My Easter Mistakes [Blog]

My Easter Mistakes [Blog]

What went right? What went wrong? What was confusing? Our ministry teams thrive on the feedback from these three questions. Over the years, I have learned that every program and event that a local church conducts, deserves honest evaluation. I have also learned the first person to go through these questions is me. I am the pastor, the […]

Is Your Church Getting Folks From A to B? [Blog]

Is Your Church Getting Folks From A to B? [Blog]

The first commercial airplane flight in the entire world was in 1914 in Tampa, Florida.  Actually, Tampa was the “B”. It was the landing spot for this historic, across the bay flight. Apparently, there was a guy who needed to get to the other side and guy who had a plane that could do it. […]

Attending a Jet? [Blog]

Attending a Jet? [Blog]

You don’t “attend” a jet . You don’t “go to” a train.   Jets and trains are not things that you visit or just stop by and see. They have very distinct purpose for their guests. Jets and trains specialize in taking people from where they are to where they need to be. The interaction with […]

True Success in Children’s Ministry [Blog]

True Success in Children’s Ministry [Blog]

Administrating the ministry to children in a local church is more than ordering lessons, finding teachers for Sunday or running a Vacation Bible School each summer.  Often the primary role of the Sunday School director is developing and maintaining membership and attendance rolls.  The duties of the Sunday School superintendent or Children’s Pastor should go […]

Facebook for Pastors-The 6 Ways of Positive Influence [Blog]

Facebook for Pastors-The 6 Ways of Positive Influence [Blog]

For many pastors stepping into Facebook usage is the ultimate compromise. Their sermons of days gone by have often described the dark side of the internet and warning after warning have been given to steer clear of any form of usage. But now that congregational usage is ubiquitous and predatory pedophiles are far outnumbered by smart phone […]

Tim Tutton- Guest Post- Are Children Left out? [Blog]

Are Children Left Out? In the book “What About Me?” this statement is made.  Most churches accommodate the adults first when constructing the church building and equipping it.  Is that a true statement?  I believe it is! Our children are thought of last in the planning and construction of a church building.  The furnishings for […]

How to Conquer Church Rituals [Blog]

How to Conquer Church Rituals [Blog]

Does your church have a ritual, event or program that it regularly performs that is outdated and ineffective? Do you do some things, certain ways, all the time, just because, “that’s the way they have always been done”? We all would answer “yes” to many of these questions, but if you have too many “yes’s” your ministry is […]

Fixing Ferguson [Blog]

Fixing Ferguson [Blog]

There are currently complex issues in Ferguson, Missouri. Many government entities are working to bring peace and clarity. No one seems to know exactly what happened in the past. The day-to-day scenarios change by the minute, but there is one thing for certain. There is a future that needs to be shaped in a better […]

Growth by Spurts [Blog]

Growth by Spurts [Blog]

What do the following three sentences have in common? My 14 year old son has grown about 6 inches in the last 6 months. My good friend R.B. completed his first college degree in less than two years. The weeds in the back lot of the ministry headquarters have grown what seems like 2 feet […]

Number 1 Challenge in Getting Folks to Church [Blog]

I asked my Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter friends what was the #1 challenge in getting folks to visit our churches. Here are the answers. NOTE:  I have had to change/edit some personal info and a few verb tenses here and there. I added the layman/pastor category to bring some clarity as well. So far here […]

Three Tips for Better Church Bulletins [Blog]

Three Tips for Better Church Bulletins [Blog]

Guest Post by Theresa Schultz- Executive Secretary, BYM-ReachKeep-Sinclair Baptist My pastor is kinda weird. He sends me to other churches.  It’s not for my spiritual edification, although he is very interested in my spiritual health. It’s to snoop. We like to know what makes other churches tick. What makes them successful (or not). Now that […]

What Do Nursery Workers Really Do? [Blog]

What Do Nursery Workers Really Do? [Blog]

Every church that wants to attract and keep young families knows that they must have a first class nursery staff and facility.  While well balanced church growth covers folks from a wide span of ages, young moms and dads are the most likely demographic to be seeking a church home. If your nursery ministry and […]

No Room for Creativity [Blog]

No Room for Creativity [Blog]

I ran into a problem at my Post Office.  The ministry was wanting to do a bulk mailing that was little bit out of the norm. I needed help going through the options and figuring out what would work best for our situation.  The problem I ran into was not a new one. If you […]

Church Ministry Teams: Pt. 2 [Blog]

Church Ministry Teams: Pt. 2 [Blog]

The health of a ministry team will be its greatest asset to effectiveness. Teams are almost always assembled to accomplish a singular task or goal. This beginning point tends to point a team into activity-driven goals and motion.  The problem is an effective team is not marked by its activity or motion, but by its […]

Church Ministry Teams-Pt. 1 [Blog]

Church Ministry Teams-Pt. 1 [Blog]

What is the greatest attribute of a ministry team in a local church setting?  Here is a short list: Effective production Clarity around goals Communication skills Identifying and meeting needs Setting and achieving goals All of these are extremely important and are really at the essence of teamwork.  But there  is an underlying element that […]

Reach the Stinking People [Blog]

Reach the Stinking People [Blog]

Outreach may stink, but it beats empty pews! Dear Church Leader Friend,The future of any church cannot be built on a shrinking demographic. So many of our good churches are aging. They believe right, they give right, they do missions right and they certainly desire to impact their communities. But there are a few simple […]

Marijuana and Discipleship [Blog]

Marijuana and Discipleship [Blog]

Both recreational marijuana and recreational alcohol both contain a trace element of a powerful substance that is extremely harmful. Every bottle of beer and every inhale of pot includes this powerful, yet usually unrecognized material. This substance has a powerful and long lasting affect on the user. In fact, long after the alcohol or TCP […]

Church is not a spectator sport [Blog]

Church is not a spectator sport [Blog]

Church leader, how do you build an engaged church?  We know church is not a spectator sport. Our local churches are screaming for ideas that will help them to engage their communities and congregation. The ReachKeep Conference will answer those questions with dozens of practical tips and techniques for your conservative, yet outreach-oriented local church. […]

Either Days or Knights [Blog]

Either Days or Knights [Blog]

Last night I lost my last knight. And then my queen. And then all my pawns. Yes, my 14 year old son beat me in chess and I am still upset about it.  But there is a very good reason he won. He was trying to win. I, on the other hand, was just trying […]

Ditch Busters [Blog]

Ditch Busters [Blog]

Many churches are in ditches. Ruts, if you prefer. If we rename it as routine or consistency, then I guess we are OK. But on the inside, we know we are in a rut. And ruts are hard to get out of. As leaders, we know when we are in a rut, but we may […]

Environment Sets the Tone [Blog]

Environment Sets the Tone [Blog]

Our church is doing a baby dedication in a pigpen. How absurd, you say. You’re right, it is absurd. We are actually doing extra cleaning, special decorations and are going above and beyond for the special day.  Why? Because children are a heritage of the Lord and special to Him, but also we know that […]

Think Like a Youngster [Blog]

Think Like a Youngster [Blog]

One of the secrets of reaching and keeping young families is to think young.  Many times  leadership in church work is made up of older and more mature people.  There are obvious reasons this happen, but there is also a downside that needs to be brought to our attention. Older people think differently than younger […]

Efficient Teachers are Ineffective-Pt.3 [Blog]

Efficient Teachers are Ineffective-Pt.3 [Blog]

Sunday School is not a place for efficiency. Parents (who are the primary customer) want effective results from our church’s youth programs. While some may use us as a babysitting service, the majority want positive steps forward in the development of their children’s character and behavior.  If we fail to focus on the goal of […]

Teacher’s Disappoint Parents-Pt. 2 [Blog]

Teacher’s Disappoint Parents-Pt. 2 [Blog]

The Gospels are filled with parents coming to Jesus with high expectations. If fact, parents wanting their children to receive spiritual blessings and benefits is natural.  Parents love their kids and want the best for them. (Read 9 out of 10 Parents Prefer) Research shows that 96% of all parents believe it is their responsibility […]

Sunday School Teachers Fail Families-Pt.1 [Blog]

Sunday School Teachers Fail Families-Pt.1 [Blog]

Sunday School teachers need to be aware that they are failing in regards to parental expectations.  There are many new parents, just coming into a church environment. These young parents are turning to the church to help them with their child rearing problems and many of them are leaving church disappointed.  The church is losing […]

9 out of 10 parents prefer…-Pt.0 [Blog]

9 out of 10 parents prefer…-Pt.0 [Blog]

Parents prefer that their kids learn how to respect others, handle their anger, and control their tongue rather than quote the names of all 66 books of the Bible in order. Parent prefer character centric teaching. This powerful statement demands that Sunday School teachers and all presenters of God’s Word must not move toward “teacher […]

Habit or a Happening? [Blog]

Habit or a Happening? [Blog]

In a recent chat with a missionary kid, we were discussing goals for our own children. He had been raised in a church going household and was determined to do the same for his kids.  The discussion turned to weekly church attendance and the behavior of being in church when ever the doors were opened. […]

Young Families Missing? Try Aiming! [Blog]

Young Families Missing? Try Aiming! [Blog]

Hoping is not the same as aiming. Many churches acknowledge they need more young families. Many churches wish they had more young families. Many churches even pray for more young families. But it almost always ends there. Hoping, wishing and praying, but little actual aiming toward the target. At ReachKeep we get a lot of […]

Do Big Nose [Blog]

Do Big Nose [Blog]

A great challenge in a ReachKeep church is focus. A local badman in this western frontier town’s raucous history may help you remember. They called him Big Nose George. A name worthy of remembrance. Besides his obvious identifier, Big Nose was a train robber and murderer.  After his arrest, he somehow escaped from the local […]

The Snowy Wedding [Blog]

The Snowy Wedding [Blog]

The following Facebook post from a friend in Denver got me thinking. “Woke up to a beautiful 7 or 8 inches of white, fluffy stuff. Wondering if the snow will keep anyone from attending the wedding scheduled today like it does Sunday church? ; )” That last phrase really rings true.  It seems folks can make […]

A Whistle or a Podium? [Blog]

A Whistle or a Podium? [Blog]

The work of discipling the people of a church is to big for any one man. Obviously, many people are needed to train many new believers.  Here is a question. Do these new believers need to be trained by a coach or a pulpiteer? Because of the prevalence and preeminence of information transfer (preaching and […]

The Gospel and Folding Metal Chairs [Blog]

The Gospel and Folding Metal Chairs [Blog]

As powerful as the Gospel is, it has its limitations. The Gospel cannot convert an empty chair.  It is not good news to an empty room.  The Gospel is good news for people only. Just as the Gospel is not intended for dogs and cats (sorry pet lovers), it is not intended to be published, […]

Circling Fish [Blog]

Circling Fish [Blog]

Out here in the Rocky Mountain West, many of our Rainbow trout have been stricken with a disease that makes them go round and round and chase their tail.  This illness, called Whirling Disease, affects their survival rate in that they become easy pickings for predators while they are doing their never ending circles.  While […]

Meeting People’s Wants? [Blog]

Meeting People’s Wants? [Blog]

Here is a good question. Is it wise to build a church based on people’s wants?  Meeting “felt needs” often takes a bad rap when it becomes the underlying purpose of a local church.  Aiming every program and activity toward what people want could be a recipe for a soft and mushy, feel-good type of […]

How to Attract and Keep Young Families [Blog]

How to Attract and Keep Young Families [Blog]

Reaching and keeping young families in your local church needs to be more than just wishful thinking.  Many, if not all, churches realize the need to have parents with kids coming to their church. because of this, most pastors and church workers actively invite young couples to church and Sunday School. Occasionally they visit, but […]

The Walmart Church Questions [Blog]

The Walmart Church Questions [Blog]

If you are looking for an effective way to reach and keep parents with young kids, here is a simple tip: Like them.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure that we place high value on things we like.  The “liked” item get special attention, special talk, special interaction and care. And that’s how Walmart […]

Walmart Community Church? [Blog]

Walmart Community Church? [Blog]

Are you trying to reach and keep those young families you see all around town?  Are you wondering as to why they don’t seem attracted to church anymore? Here is a thought. Parents of young children were born and/or raised in the 1980s. Their time of growing up came at the same time as the […]

How Do I Get More Young Families? [Blog]

How Do I Get More Young Families? [Blog]

The ReachKeep Conference answer the question that is in the mind of many church leaders, “How do I get young families to come to my church?” Ministry presents many problems to leadership. Effective leaders solve those problems. Leaders know, moving ahead with organizational goals is the required outcome, but unfortunately when leading a church or […]

Make Church Young Again [Blog]

Make Church Young Again [Blog]

Our churches are aging. Quickly! School kids, once gone, seldom return. Young families attending church regularly are few and far between. Burdened grandparents bring their grand children to a building and program that is senior friendly and child adverse. More churches are building ramps for wheelchairs and elevators than are expanding the nursery and kids […]

Day One: 2013 [Blog]

Day One: 2013 [Blog]

On the first day of 2013, I am dedicating my time to creating younger churches. Here is why: Our churches are aging quickly. Our children need the element of a local church in their life. Younger church have more evangelist energy and zeal. Is your church out of balance in regards to age?  Attend the […]

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