1. Grace: enjoying what God does for us. Continue reading “5 Important Habits of a Healthy Chuch”
As determined by surveys, discussions, and observations.
1. The grace and goodness of God.
We can pray for it and obviously give thanks.
Regular pastoral prayer, groups to pray, “prayer partners.” Continue reading “Key Factors in Growth”
For staff or board, some guideline questions to assess and improve
- GETTING THEM IN
- It is not good to receive the call to an established church with an agenda to change the church drastically, unless that has been agreed upon.
- It is not good to try to change a church just because of your personal desire.
- Sometimes leaders become unaware of how people are reacting to their leadership decisions, because they are isolated/insulated, or because people are not honest with them.
- We must honor what others have done in the past, not act as if previous ministries do not matter.
- Just because it has been done or exists as an attitude does not mean it was or is good in God’s opinion.
- The same church that understood the missional reasons to do things a certain way in the past can understand the missional reasons not to do things a different way.
By dates and physical (approx.)
1934 Began with 30 people in store front. Carl Burnham, pioneer
1938 Moved to small building near university
Emphasis on evangelism – personal and end-of-service
1955 Built on Fir Hill, contingent to University of Akron
1962 Carl Burnham dies in surgery; son David becomes pastor
1960’s Emphasis on huge music ministry, pulpit, home studies
1973 Move into 1900-seat sanctuary
1970’s Grow to two duplicate services, strong evening service
1980 First branch church in Marlboro – 25 miles away
1981 People and staff start Hudson Chapel – 10 miles away
1983 Knute Larson becomes senior after 14-month period with no senior
1984 Big 60-second TV and radio spots on secular stations.
1985 Start branch church in North Canton – 14 miles away
Build gym, kids rooms, youth area ($13 M paid in three years)
Start “Super Monday” to help pastors
Tried three main senior associates for staff leadership
1986 Go to three worship services
Begin partnership with Arlington Church and racial reconciliation ministry
1987 Began using “business advisors” related to finances
1990 Go to four worship services, with ABFs all four hours
1991 Begin branch church in Kent – 7 miles away
Totally rewrote constitution
1994 Build more CE space ($3.5 M, paid for in three years)
1995 Craig Williford first executive pastor (director of ministries) since ‘84
1996 Go to five worship services – 4 in the morning, duplicate at 6:30
1997 Began Chapel Association of churches
1998 Begin stated journey to 50% of money to go “outside our walls”
2000 Begin urban ministries and a lot of city outreach
2001 Begin branch church at Wadsworth – 12 miles away
2002 Raise $25 M for new campus, camp, three buildings overseas (paid totally in five years)
2003 Second main campus begins with 3500, first day
2004 Emphasis on Home ABFs along with ABFs
2005 Start very contemporary worship at 6:40 p.m.
2006 Paul Sartarelli joins as associate senior (senior to be)
Clear plan announced.
Started “Imagine Unity,” coalition of six church organizations, four African-American
2007 Start extra venues on campus (live worship, screen sermon)
2009 Larson leaves; Sartarelli senior