Gary McIntosh

Are You an Anticipator or an Avoider?

By Gary McIntosh Mar. 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

While watching a recent car race on television, I was impressed by the new technology that racing teams are using to improve performance.  Advanced computer technology now allows crew chiefs to monitor nearly every aspect—fuel usage, engine pressure, wheel alignment, and numerous other aspects—that affect the performance of the car.  In fact it’s possible to know the exact set up of an automobile so precisely that another car can be set up just like it.  With all of the technology, one might think that race cars would be set up so much alike that very little difference would be observed on race day.  But, some cars continue to do better at winning than others.

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Reducing the Intrusion of Email

By Gary McIntosh Feb. 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership

You may have heard it said that email is dead.  But, don’t believe it. According to a report in Harvard Business Review (June 2013), based on a survey of 2,600 workers in the USA, UK, and South Africa, people continue to spend four hours of every working day dealing with e-mail. The reason? They like it, trust it, and find it an effective collaboration tool.

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Top Factors in Growing Churches

By Gary McIntosh Jun. 24, 2013 6:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

A recent check on discovered that over 25,000 books are listed under the category of Church Growth.  This is an amazing number of books given the fact that the North American Church Growth Movement is only forty-one years old.  With such a large number of books written on the topic of church growth, it is only natural to ask if there is any consensus on what factors are found in growing churches in North America. What are those factors?  I thought you’d never ask!

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Long Pastoral Tenure Can Hurt Your Church

By Gary McIntosh Jun. 14, 2013 4:52 p.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

One of the little known facts of church growth is that pastors can stay too long.  Long pastoral tenure can actually harm the growth of a church.  Generally, the first twenty years of a pastor’s tenure are quite healthy, but it is very rare for a pastor to lead a church through a third decade with vitality and growth.

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The Information Age

By Gary McIntosh May. 19, 2013 9:05 p.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

Peter Drucker wrote that in our knowledge-based society, information is the key resource and building block for every type of organization.  Information is the new money, currency upon which organizations rise or fall.  How may a local church respond to the new currency of information in today's world?

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Advertising for A Growing Church

By Gary McIntosh May. 12, 2013 8:35 p.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

Good doctrine, good fellowship, good worship, and good prayer.  Do they guarantee the growth of a church?  Not necessarily.  Sometimes churches do not do well, even though they have the basic ingredients.  So, what's the problem?  For some, it's a lack of communication to those in and outside the church.

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The Last Ten Minutes

By Gary McIntosh May. 3, 2013 10:44 p.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

You don't have a second chance for a good first impression.  When it comes to first-time guests at your church, that statement is especially true.  And it's that first impression guests leave with that determines whether they will be back.  So, what is it that goes into a good first impression?  Or, for that matter, a bad one?

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