Here you will find a variety of tips written by Dr. Mike Holloway, the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Kokomo, IN for over thirty years.
Church Constitution and Bylaws
I would encourage any and every pastor to evaluate their church’s Constitution and Bylaws with the idea of protecting the church from recent social changes that are sweeping our nation. Specifically, I would look at inserting language that would protect the church from a variety of things that are important.
- First, it would be good to limit the church to only using the KJV. This would help safeguard a church from a new pastor who is wanting to begin preaching from the NIV, ESV or some other modern version.
- Secondly, it would be wise to insert language that would legally protect the church from homosexual or transgender individuals who might be church members from demanding access to restroom facilities of their choosing or a church wedding that would involve a same-sex marriage. To do so, check with the Christian Law Association to obtain a copy of their recommended format and then change it as desired.
The bottom line is that activist groups and individuals are targeting churches for the purpose of creating a lawsuit and every church needs to be pro-active in putting their religious views in writing before a lawsuit is launched against them.
Boost Your Sunday School Crowd
Years ago, I heard a very well-known preacher and Baptist leader state that in order to have a healthy Sunday School program, a church needs to be getting forty percent of the Sunday morning crowd to Sunday School. I want to share with you how to do even better, far better.
How would you like to have 95% of your Sunday morning crowd in Sunday School?
I will share with you what I believe is the single greatest thing that you can do in your church that will maximize the ability to teach far more of your people than is possible or realistic to do in the traditional Sunday School set up. I call it the Flip-Flop, and it is amazingly simple. It doesn’t cost any money, and it will double your Sunday School attendance immediately. All you have to do is have your Sunday service first and your Sunday School after it. In our church, we have the morning service at 10:00 A.M. We then give a fifteen-minute break for donuts in our Fellowship Hall, and then it is time for Sunday School.
What are the advantages?
- Your Sunday morning crowd is already present and will be far more receptive to stay for the Sunday School hour than to arrive at church early for the traditional Sunday School setting.
- Because your Sunday School lesson has not been taught yet, it can be heavily promoted from the pulpit in the morning service and in the bulletin.
- Because Sunday School follows the preaching hour, the end of the church service is not critical to end at a particular time. Whenever the preaching and invitation are over, there is a fifteen-minute break with a starting time given for Sunday School. If our preaching time ends around 11:00 A.M., Sunday School will end at noon. If the preaching goes over, Sunday School can be extended to no later than 12:15 P.M.
- If you have a missionary drop in, you can still preach the morning service for the benefit of visitors in attendance, but you can then have the missionary speak to ninety-five percent of the same crowd during the Sunday School hour.
This is probably the greatest change that we have made in our ministry in over 30 years, and I would never want to return to the traditional Sunday School format. NEVER!
Every Church Needs a Website
I would love to encourage every church to create a website if you do not have one. In my travels, I encounter countless times when I discover churches that are simply not prepared to have visitors because there is little to no information about their church. One of the most difficult things to find when trying to visit a new church is their service times! Most churches have their service times on their sign out front, yet there are so many who neglect to place this information online. Therefore, to every pastor, I highly recommend that you create a website for your church. If you don’t know how or don’t have the time, there are people in the pew who would probably be able to make it happen. To every church member of a church that does not have an online presence, please approach your pastor and volunteer to build a website for your church. It was Curtis Hutson as the editor of the Sword of the Lord who used to encourage churches to advertise in his paper by saying, “Not advertising your church is like winking in the dark. You know what you just did, but no one else does.”
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