Church Renewal Articles & Resources

Articles

7 Things Church Members Should Say to Guests in a Worship Service (PDF)
A list of things congregants ought to say to guests according to Thom S. Rainer, President of Lifeway Christian Resources.

Best Practices in Discipleship edited by Jim Dorsey

Best Practices in Discipleship (Full Book; PDF)
Visit with leaders in the Nazarene church as they discuss proven practices for effective evangelism and discipleship. Edited by Jim Dorsey.

Designing Worship for High Impact Evangelism
An article about designing worship in such a way to praise God and bring in new believers.

The Early Warning Signals of Church Decline
24 warning signals that your church is on the decline, from Lyle Schaller's book 44 Steps Off Up the Plateau.

Emergent Church
A discussion on the term "emergent church," and the concepts that it entails.

Improving Ministry Effectiveness

Postmodernism
What do we mean when we use the term "postmodern"? How does this term affect the church?

Resurrection or Revitalization?
Bill Easum speaks about why church revitalization is almost always a waste of time, money, and effort. Most churches don't need a revitalization ... they need a resurrection.

Teams and Performance
This article argues that annual performance reviews ought to be ditched in favor of team evaluations. Since the purpose is organizational rather than individual performance, the author argues that a collective approach to both success and failure works best.

Turnaround Practices
A brief look at several methods suggested by Bill Easum for renewing churches as summarized by Dr. Lyle Pointer.

Resources

Bible Study on the Book of Revelation
An eight-installment Bible study prepared by Dr. Lyle Pointer.

Exploring Evangelism Questionnaire
The EEQ is a congregational survey designed to help church leaders get a better understanding of their congregation's interest in sharing their faith, and to help identify strengths and weaknesses in pursuit of more effective evangelism efforts.

Freeing Your Church to Minister (PDF)
Colossians Bible Study

Ministry Task Forces Template (PDF)
A template for organizing ministry teams at your church.

Outreach Strategy Questions
Churches long to know better how to reach unchurched and unredeemed people. Directed questions are a method to discover where they may better turn their attention, train the people, and focus ministry efforts. Here is a list of analytical questions aimed toward improving outreach strategy.

Personal Ministry Survey (PDF)
A survey given to potential church volunteers to identify their areas of interest.

Church of the Nazarene

USA/Canada Region

17001 Prairie Star Parkway

Lenexa, KS 66220

Phone: 913.577.2830

Toll-free: 800.306.9948

usacanadaregion@nazarene.org
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