Church Health

Why Every Pastor Needs a Sabbatical

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  In Matthew chapter 11 we are given this amazing promise. When we are feeling way over our heads, we can turn to God for rest. But sometimes it’s our pastors that need rest. As we take this month out to look at Rest, Renewal, and Reflection, we talked to one of our church planters about his recent sabbatical. Noah Filipiak is the pastor of Crossroads Church in Lansing, MI and recently just ended a...

Don't Overlook the "One Thing"

By Dick Loizeaux

It’s the time of year we pastors think strategically. Maybe you preach a stewardship series to create generosity, you plan a sermon series calendar to create spiritual growth, or you preach a Vision series to create momentum. Maybe you are already planning your Easter outreach. All good stuff. But if we aren’t careful, we can overlook the one thing that may be the deciding...

5 Ways to Overcome the Summer Giving Slump

"God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination." -Oswald Chambers

Helping our people experience the timeless truth of moving from impulse and haphazard giving to systematically and joyfully giving is a continuous process.  

We see this in Paul's writings, 

"Each one must give as he has decided...

Spiritual Warfare
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Argentinean leader Ed Silvoso said, "The Church in the West today presents too easy a target for Satan. We do not believe we are at war. We do not know where the battleground is located...

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Starting and Strengthening Churches

We are sold out to church planting and serious about church health!

Why? Because scripture mandates it!

The Apostle Paul in his letter (actually a field manual) to Titus, who was serving as a regional leader on the island of Crete, charged Titus with the task of strengthening the churches there. He writes, "The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was...

Implementing "Real Time" Church Health Assessment

By Dick Loizeaux

An annual church health assessment is important. But is it enough? Not by a long shot.

I track my exercise and diet between annual physicals so I don’t have to tell my wife I got a bad doctor's report. I pay attention to the health of my marriage between my anniversary dates so my anniversary will not be spent dealing with a long list of disappointments. I try to give staff performance...

Trailhead Church in Edwardsville, IL was at an important crossroads of challenge and opportunity in the Fall of 2013. Lead Pastor Steve Mizel said, "The choices we make in this season will have an historic impact on Trailhead's mission to serve its own members, serve for the good of our community, and maximize our investment in in the broader...

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