Before we step into 2018, here's one more look at our top blogs posts and new resources from this past year. See you on the other side of the calendar flip!
Top Blog Posts
#5. 5 Models for Church Expansion
Whatever the churches in your neighborhood look like, stop for a moment, and consider the church that isn’t there. At least, that isn’t there yet. What will it look like? Who will attend? What will its relationship be with the people who live, work, and play in your zip code?
Download the More Than Multisite Executive Summary to discover current culture and methods of planting and growing congregations.
#4. A Model for Creating a Pipeline of Leaders
New churches help new people find a way back to God. So starting new churches and new sites is a good thing. But if you want to plant more churches and sites, you need to be thinking about leadership development. I was in the army, so I saw how leadership development worked in the military.
#3. 3 Purposeful Ways Churches Can Make Room for Millennials
Many studies have been conducted and much has been written exploring the trend of Millennials (born roughly 1980-2000) leaving the church. Surveys by Barna Group, for instance, show that between high school and age 30, 43 percent of Millennials who were once active in their faith have stopped attending church regularly.
#2. Out of Your Cave, and Into Your Call
I've been training, raising, and coaching pastors for a long time now. Over time, I’ve realized that all spiritual leaders will invariably and inevitably enter a paralyzing season. We get stuck. Studies show that senior pastors typically change churches every five years, associate pastors, every two-and-a-half years, and youth pastors, every year.
#1. 5 Church Design Trends for 2017
In church architecture, there are important movements that church leaders should consider before embarking on a church building project, a renovation, or a remodel. We asked a variety of church industry professionals to identify the top trends.
#3. Best Practices for Multisites
In this executive summary of the complete More Than Multisite research report, Barna Group and Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN) partnered to study the current culture and methods of planting and growing congregations, specifically exploring such key questions.
#2. Finding the Freedom to Move Forward in Your Ministry
Finding the Freedom to Move Forward in Your Ministry Mark Jobe, founding pastor of New Life Community Church, explores the “caves" where you can get stuck and unable to move forward in ministry.
#1. Building Leaders to Launch New Congregations
In this guide, author Patrick O'Connell, director of NewThing Network, offers help on starting movements to achieve the Great Commission — specically ways to plant sites and churches that can then plant more sites and churches. That's multiplication, and it hinges on developing more leaders at all times.
About Marian Liautaud
Marian joined the Aspen team full-time in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in publishing, she spends her time telling stories about how churches use their facilities as a tool for ministry, and how to align culture, leadership, ministry, and facilities for maximum ministry impact. She spearheads the annual Alignment Conference for Aspen Group and oversees ministry relations and all communications for Aspen Group.