ABOUT ED STETZER

Ed Stetzer
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He serves as interim pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.

How Does Church Planting Relate to God’s Mission?

Want to be missional? Great– just don’t forget church planting.

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Why Being Fruitful is as Important as Being Faithful

In many corners of the church today, there’s an unhelpful and unhealthy division between theology and practical ministry.

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To Reach Your Community, You Must Fall in Love with Your Community

To fall in love with your community, you have to die–to yourself, to the mission and to your own preferences.

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Rapidly Growing Churches Place a Premium on Intentional and Strategic Leadership

Church leaders do themselves and the churches they lead a huge disservice when they neglect strategy because they are not naturally inclined to it.

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Don’t Stop Until Your “Decisions” Lead to Discipleship

Every church needs a pathway which will provide direction for their discipleship plan, and also show how they grow together as a church.

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Developing an Assessment Culture that Provides Truth Today and Direction Tomorrow

For so long, churches have claimed success because their focus was on bodies, budgets, and buildings. Unfortunately, those 3 B’s miss the most important measurements you need to take in your church.

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Does Your Leadership Structure Impede the Progress of Discipleship?

I am simply encouraging you to prayerfully consider how your leadership structure might actually be impeding the ministry and disciple-making processes of your churches.

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Recent Comments
What happens when u dont have a meeting place any more. And u was forced out because the buliding wasnt available any more.
 
— Debra
 
If someone wants entertainment they're going to the wrong place. Church is not a place for entertainment...or in my opinion a barrage of coffee and donuts. Why are churches today bringing the world INTO them? Then there's the thing with children...age appropriate??? These little guys can pick stuff up in service. Besides Jesus said Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 19:14.
 
— Laurie
 
I love the intentionality here as well as the challenge to look at the data. That's missing so many times. I would like to offer a contrarian's take. Church members and regular attenders have so many ways to get information: Announcements, bulletins, social channels, relationships, and email being among the options. But brand new people are likely going to check out the website and that's it. It might be wiser for churches with limited time and resources to focus their website almost exclusively to guests. This group of people isn't looking for a calendar of events but wants to know about regular programs. They probably aren't interested in watching all of the messages but instead may want to preview one of the services. For the times we need church members to go to websites (sign up for camp, join a group, etc), we're probably better off designing and promoting a specific page rather than cluttering up the homepage.
 
— Michael Lukaszewski (@mlukaszewski)
 

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