Should pastors attempt to build a personal platform? Does your church have a brand? Sam and Josh talk about church signs, Twitter followers, and shaping perceptions. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  Much about church giving is changing. Worship attendance, conversions, and baptisms are often the most scrutinized metrics, but giving trends are close behind. Below are five macro trends that are affecting most churches in the United States. Trend 1: Millennials will have less giving potential than their parents. Unless an unexpected economic shift occurs, Millennials will continue to be poorer than their parents. Numerous reasons are the cause. Tuition at colleges has tripled since Read more [...]
  Three notable articles I read this week: Greg Atkinson – 6 markers of especially welcoming churches. In this article, Greg provides six ways every church can be more welcoming. Ronnie Floyd – Pastor, talk to your church about America. “Pastor, stop thinking you are being political if you talk about America. Clearly understand that your role is to give biblical light to this time in America. You are not a pundit on a night-time television show or drive time radio, you are a man Read more [...]
    Micah is back on the podcast! We break down the joys and difficulties with visiting members in the hospital. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, @jowiki, @micahfries, and @samrainer.   Read more [...]
  Heroin is literally killing our city. The county where I live is the epicenter of Florida’s heroin epidemic. The area around our church is among the hardest hit. A few months ago, I sat in a community town hall hosted by the Department of Children and Families. The purpose of the town hall was to address the problem of heroin addiction and the effects on children. The removal rates of children in our community are three to four times higher than the state average. The town hall was Read more [...]