Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2017 Edition

How do churches grow? The best way to know this question may be to look very closely at churches that are growing the best. Learning from other good ideas, or what’s called “Small I” innovation, can help. But in my annual list of the top 25 fastest growing churches, most don’t just practice Small I – they pursue Big I innovation, which is something totally different.

An Example of How to Tell a Story by Video and 3 Reasons Why This One Works

This short film tells the story of what happened to two men who went on a trip to work at a Guatemalan facility for girls rescued from exploitation. It is one of the best examples of a short films about life change that I have been honored to be a part of. Here it is and three reasons why it works

Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2016 Edition

Deep in the roots of United Methodism is a call to grow churches. In the midst of an identity crisis, the United Methodist Church would do well to remember its origin as a church growth movement. These 25 congregations from the 2016 edition of growing churches offer a lot to learn from.

5 Reasons Why Your Church Needs to Be More Creative

Creativity is perhaps the hot topic of the decade. More and more people are exploring the generative power of creativity, including in church life. Consider these 5 reasons creativity can benefit your church.

Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2015 Edition

While not all growing churches are healthy churches, healthy churches grow, because growth isn’t the goal; it’s the outcome. Here are 25 of the most innovative churches in the United Methodist Church today. What can we learn about creativity and innovation from these impressive congregations?

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 6: Ministry

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 6 highlights ministry.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 5: Worship

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 5 highlights worship.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 4: Theology and Mission

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 4 highlights theology and mission.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 3: Leadership

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 3 highlights leadership.

The Demise of the Attractional Church is Greatly Exaggerated

The conversation about attractional and missional church movements is far from over. Is it even asking the right questions?

The difference between values and mission

Is your church or organization focused on its mission? Or has it become side-tracked by its values?

Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches

These United Methodist congregations represent some of the most innovative and effective ministry practices today and church leaders should study them closely.