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From Quick Fix to Healthy Assessment (Part 4: Managing Assessment – continued)

by Evertt Huffard In the last article, we discussed four interacting factors that every healthy church needs: spirituality, mission, organization, and relationships. Figure 2 expands the model. The wisdom of the spirit gives the spiritual basis for mission while good works flow through organization and relationships. This system approach also illustrates the responsibility of elders […]

From Quick Fix to Healthy Assessment (Part 3: Elements of a Healthy Assessment)

by Evertt Huffard In the last article in this series, we talked about how when leaders have the ability to walk by faith in tough times, the potential for a healthy assessment of the crisis will be more likely. Today we will discuss the elements of a healthy assessment. Elements of a Healthy Assessment When invited […]

From Quick Fix to Healthy Assessment (Part 2: Managing Self)

by Evertt Huffard Managing Self In the last article, we discussed three principles that have served me well in approaching a church crisis. These three principles have something in common–the need for leaders to manage their own fears and emotions in a crisis. Stress, personal attacks, threats, pain, anxiety and a host of fears can make […]

From Quick Fix to Healthy Assessment (Part 1)

by Evertt Huffard It happens to leaders all the time. When leaders in a church face a crisis, all attention and energy goes into “solving” the problem as quickly as possible–only to discover that the quick fix led to even greater problems. I was an elder long enough to understand why any church leader wants […]

Beware of Short-cuts

by Evertt Huffard I recently wrote a book review that takes a few minutes to read, 15 minutes to reproduce, but 15 hours to write. I often remind students that there are no short-cuts in ministry. The sin of plagiarism is the dishonesty of presenting the hard work someone else has done as if it […]

Breathing New Life Into Established Churches: Part 5

by Carlus Gupton In Part 2, 3 and 4 of this series, we discussed the first three practices that are fairly universal in the quest to breathe new life into established churches: 1) Keeping the mission, maturation, and ministry of the Church at the forefront in decision-making  2) Pursuing unity in the context of progress, not in the place […]

Breathing New Life Into Established Churches: Part 4

by Carlus Gupton In Part 2 and 3 of this series, we discussed the first two practices that are fairly universal in the quest to breathe new life into established churches: 1) Keeping the mission, maturation, and ministry of the Church at the forefront in decision-making and 2) Pursuing unity in the context of progress, not in the […]

Breathing New Life Into Established Churches: Part 3

by Carlus Gupton In Part 2 of this series, we discussed the first of four practices that are fairly universal in the quest to breathe new life into established churches: Keeping the Mission, Maturation, and Ministry of the Church at the Forefront in Decision-Making. The second practice I would highly recommend is: Pursue unity in the context of progress, […]

Breathing New Life Into Established Churches: Part 2

by Carlus Gupton The first thing to keep in mind when trying to breathe new life into established churches is… Keep the Mission, Maturation, and Ministry of the Church at the Forefront in Decision-Making. At the risk of overstatement, the driving force behind most leadership decisions in established churches is holding down complaints and pursuing […]

Breathing New Life Into Established Churches: Part 1

by Carlus Gupton My passion is strengthening established churches, both in terms of training young ministers and coaching elders. Some of this comes from my own experience. I have never planted a church, but I have served several established churches ranging in size from 80 to 1,100. From these experiences, lots of reading, tons of […]