Church Growth

To Connect People in the Church, the Path Must Be Clear

If you want to connect people in the church, the path for connection must be clear. If you’ve ever wondered why people aren’t connecting, it’s always good to evaluate the process through which you hope they will connect. Oftentimes, the…

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The Perfect Follow-Up Plan After Easter

[NOTE: This blog is focused on the major event on the church calendar – Easter.  It’s principles articulated herein are applicable across the spectrum of church events and seasons.] Today, I want to get you the perfect follow-up plan for…

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6 Steps to Get Guests Back After Easter

(NOTE:  I’m using Easter as the illustration big event.  Put yours in and your good to go!) Ever said to yourself after Easter, “Where did everybody go?” I remember talking to a pastor/friend of mine after he had asked that…

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The Perfect Follow-Up Plan for Church Guests

A friend of mine told me his daughter (Lexie) and son-in-law (John) had moved to a new city and spent a short amount of time looking for a church. They did find one quickly and enjoyed the pastor and atmosphere….

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4 Action Steps for Guest Follow-Up Strategy from John 4

As pastors and church leaders, we all know that your follow-up strategy is essential. Have you ever wondered how to intentionally ensure that the follow-up strategy you are developing and using is effective? I recently read a book called “Seeking…

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Rethink Easter: From Big Event to Big Impact

What does it mean to rethink Easter? Ever wonder where all those guests from Easter went the Sunday after Easter? I’ve been at this for years and it is a perennial challenge for churches everywhere. This blog, alongside Top 8…

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How to Connect with Church Guests

Here, we are discussing how to connect with church guests. Video Transcript Below Dick Hardy 0:03 Today I’m with my good friend, Nathan Teegarden from the great city of Kansas City. I want to take some time to talk with…

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The Absolutes of the Post-Easter Guest Connection

Easter is an exciting season of celebrating the victory and salvation we have in Jesus, as well as a time of spiritual growth for our churches. Many churches have their highest attendance and their greatest opportunity for sustained growth during…

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The Leadership Streaming Service to Help You Grow the Church

Level-up your leadership. Grow your ministry skills. Reach more people than you ever dreamed possible. Here is the leadership streaming service. Read Video Transcript: Hey, Dick Hardy here, Co-Founder of Leaders.Church. I have a very special announcement today about some…

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How Church Will Change Because of COVID-19

Across the country, churches are starting to open up for services again. With this reality, there are all kinds of different tactics and strategies for doing so. Despite this, we are far from the way things were before the novel…

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Will Churches Go Back to Normal Post-Covid-19?

The Post-Covid-19 Church The world has just gone through, and is still in the midst of dealing with, the biggest pandemic our current generations have ever known. Much reference has been made of the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. Now,…

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The 8-Step Plan to Reopen the Church

Having a plan to reopen the church is something pastors need to develop now, if they haven’t already done so. If you’ve struggled to respond, even with the practical tips for churches during COVID-19, you’re not alone. All churches have…

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13 Practical Tips for Churches During COVID-19

This video interview with Dick & Jonathan Hardy addresses 13 practical tips for churches during COVID-19 and the primary areas of concern for churches during this outbreak. I want to just kind of set the stage with a little bit…

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5 Things to Add to Your Photographers’ Weekly Shot List

Church photography has proven to be an effective strategy that helps you reach more people. This blog covers the details on how you should manage your photography team in a way that allows for maximum potential because your goal is…

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4 Things that Kill Church Buy-In

Buy-In. It is the ever-important term. With this said, how can certain things kill church buy-in? As pastors, we are continually trying to find ways to increase volunteer engagement or get our church more involved. People buy into what they…

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The Bridge Between Your Church’s Vision and Reality 

I once heard it said, “A dream without a plan is just a wish.” This is true when it comes to growing your church. You have a vision that you feel the Lord has planted in your heart for your…

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Roger Lane Book – Funded

There are two things I’ve never heard from any pastor. We have too many volunteers! We have too much money! Almost seems too funny to note those two statements. I mean who couldn’t put more people to work in ministry……

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The 7 Essential Purposes of the Church Board

One of the things I’ve seen for years, in working with pastors and church boards, is the frequent lack of understanding of the real purpose of the board. Why does it even exist? For the wise and discerning pastor and…

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Church Board Members Disagreeing without Drawing Blood

The Church board disagreeing is never fun. Strong lead pastors and strong board members CAN get along. And they CAN disagree without drawing blood and still get along. I remember back in the day, I served a great church in…

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Church Government: Democracy vs Theocracy?

How much thought have you given Not sure how it is in other parts of the world, but here in the U.S. we now live in a 24/7/365 election cycle. This election cycle is what keeps the wheels turning just…

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P3 Free Book Download

Are you ready to transform your church’s ability to hear from God? There comes a time in the life of any pastor where they desire more of God. They want to commune with Him at a deeper level and lead…

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Top 8 Areas of Ministry to Improve

Ever wondered what it takes to move your church to the next level — how to cause your ministry to improve — to make it better and more effective to mission? It happens only when you are willing to take…

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How to Create a Culture of Church Improvement

Chances are you were not taught how to create and build church culture in Bible school or seminary… Or if you were, you really weren’t paying much attention as someone in their late-teens or early 20’s. I mean, what in…

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4 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Stop Growing

A pastor friend of mine and I were hanging out for a weekend at his church. Justin and I loved the time together. A good church with a rich history. We were talking about growing churches. After reviewing the church,…

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How to Build Systems Even When You’re Not Systems-Oriented

Some reading this blog are like my son, Jonathan. The guy is more organized than an Amazon Fulfillment Center. He dots more i’s and crosses more t’s than anyone I know. Then there are guys like me. I’m fairly organized…

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10 Step System to Recruiting Volunteers

If there is any single given in church ministry, it is that volunteers make the church go ‘round. Where would we be in the church without the faithfulness of men, women, boys and girls who give of themselves in service…

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How Rethinking Easter Will Grow Your Church

[NOTE: This blog is focused on a major event on the church calendar – Easter.  The principles articulated herein are applicable across the spectrum of church events and seasons.] Here’s a question for you: What is going to make this…

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Setting the Stage for Successful Change in the Church

If I’ve heard it asked once I’ve heard it 1000 times. “Dick, how in the world do I navigate change in the church?”  Wow! That’s a big one. Change to some people comes very natural. To others it’s like the…

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7 Questions to Ask When Striving to Improve Ministry

I talked to a pastor not too long ago and this guy really has it all together. He’s strong administratively and organizationally, he can preach and he can lead. In fact, he’s a very good leader. He knows he has…

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9 Essentials for Endless Possibilities

Here, we are discussing the 9 essentials for endless possibilities in ministry. Ever entered a new season?  Maybe it’s the start to the calendar year or maybe it’s September or maybe it’s just something new in your life. If you’re…

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How “Chick-fil-A Thinking” Will Improve Your Church

It’s amazing what companies all around the world do to enhance their positions with their customer bases. Each company views their mission as important enough to make what and how they do business high priority. National and international companies like…

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6 Tips to Maximize Your Church’s Impact

(NOTE:  This is a blog on improving your church’s impact written with Easter in mind.  Read it with whatever event or occasion you have in front of you and you’ll be good to go. Applicable in all seasons!) Easter is…

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4 Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

What could your ministry be like if you had more people? That’s a question many pastors and church leaders ask… … so today on the Leaders.Church video blog we want to briefly share with you 4 Tips for Recruiting Volunteers….

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6 Steps to Determine Which Ministries to Stop

When a pastor or church leader surveys the landscape of the church, they normally see a plethora of wonderful ministries that are truly effective in fulfilling the mission of the church. That last thing they are thinking about is to…

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