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Mike Clarensau, D.Min.

Two Steps to a Healthy Church – Part 3

Two Steps to a Healthy Church – Part 3

Published: May 15th, 2019

In our journey of “two steps” we have already seen the two steps a pastor must take (grow himself, build a team) and the two steps that only the congregation can take (face reality, create an embracing environment). So what’s left?

In the final installment of this series, we will discuss the two steps that the pastor and people must take together.

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Two Steps to a Healthy Church - Part 2

Published: February 4th, 2019

We have already seen the two steps a pastor must take to help the congregation get strongerself-growth andbuild a team. But there are also two steps the people of the church must take to contribute to the same health journey. Many congregants know the frustration of a revolving door of pastors with their unique visions, ideas, and strategies. A frequent change in pastors can lead the congregation to forget that they, too, have some responsibility for what their church is becoming.

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Two Steps to a Healthy Church (Part 1)

Two Steps to a Healthy Church - Part 1

Published: January 9th, 2019

With thousands of churches plateaued or in decline, many of which are aging with the future growing more ominous each day, I’ve been searching for simple and powerful steps in a new direction. Many struggling churches are overwhelmed by a culture of “can’t.” They hear the ideas that turn around other congregations, but find most of these beyond their current abilities, resources, and people. There has to be a “can” out there with every church’s name on it.

There is!

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The Bible provides stories about Christian heroes. “The Desperate Search for the Christian Heroic” provides biblical support for becoming heroes of the faith.

The Desperate Search for the Christian Heroic

Published: March 29th, 2016

INDIANA WOLVERINE-THE FANTASTIC FORCE WIELDING MUTANT GREEN SUPER SPIDERY HORNET-LIKE DARK KNIGHTED CAPTAIN IRONMAN—& THE DESPERATE SEARCH FOR THE HEROIC

Okay, so let’s admit it — we love superheroes.

In spite of our ever-growing knowledge and advancing technologies, we allow ourselves to be captivated by the over-the-top imaginations of those who look like us, but demonstrate a capacity or two that we can only dream of. Since Superman catapulted into our world in 1938, America has given three-quarters of a century to stories like his, and shows little sign of abandoning such fantasy. But what if these stories could be real? Better yet, what if such exploits could reveal YOU in that cape? Most of us would humbly chuckle at such a thought. We live more like Clark Kent and have yet to find any phone booth that could make us… well, you know. Besides, what’s a phone booth, anyway?

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People that Hunger - A Requirement for a Healthy Church

People that Hunger - A Requirement for a Healthy Church

Published: November 27th, 2018

Sunday is a day like no other, for many of us. On this first day of the week, we do things quite differently than on other days. We start our day, not at work, play, or with a honey-do list, but gathering with others we don’t see all week to worship. Then it’s off to lunch and perhaps an afternoon nap. The day’s events look nothing like what is awaiting us on Monday.

And maybe that’s why it happens.

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n ministry sometimes you have people in leadership that are difficult to manage. How should ministers manage the Wet Blanket types of people in ministry?

How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Wet Blanket

Published: December 17th, 2015

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive.

Who are these people and what can we do with them? Believe it or not, they come in several, easy-to-identify varieties and you can learn to manage them and even lead them to healthier behaviors.

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How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Volcano

How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Volcano

Published: February 16th, 2016

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive.

Who are these people and what can we do with them? Believe it or not, they come in several, easy-to-identify varieties and you can learn to manage them and even lead them to healthier behaviors.

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In ministry sometimes you have people in leadership that are difficult to manage. How should ministers manage the User types of people in ministry?

How To Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The User

Published: January 21st, 2016

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive.

Who are these people and what can we do with them? Believe it or not, they come in several, easy-to-identify varieties and you can learn to manage them and even lead them to healthier behaviors.

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How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Thumb-Sucker

How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Thumb-Sucker

Published: October 13th, 2015

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive.

Who are these people and what can we do with them? Believe it or not, they come in several, easy-to-identify varieties and you can learn to manage them and even lead them to healthier behaviors.

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How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Sherman Tank

How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: The Sherman Tank

Published: March 3rd, 2016

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are difficult to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive.

Who are these people and what can we do with them? Believe it or not, they come in several, easy-to-identify varieties and you can learn to manage them and even lead them to healthier behaviors.

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How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: Garbage Collector

How to Manage Difficult People in Ministry: Garbage Collector

Published: October 27th, 2015

In the work of the local church, a pastor will frequently come across people that are challenging to manage, much less lead. These are folks that have established unhealthy habits in relationships or have learned responses to conflict that have frequently proved destructive.

Who are these people and what can we do with them? Believe it or not, they come in several, easy-to-identify varieties and you can learn to manage them and even lead them to healthier behaviors.

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Dealing with Difficult Leaders

How to Deal with Difficult Church Leaders

Published: October 30th, 2019

Unfortunately, there are people who fill leadership roles in many churches who lack the character, discipleship development, or simple maturity to fill such a role. These folks, often chosen because of business expertise or family connection, become entrenched in such roles, much to the frustration of the other leaders on the team. So, how should you respond?

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Four Critical Questions to Ask to Lead Change in Church

Published: April 6th, 2018

When I walked into Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas seventeen years ago, there were many challenges, but I was fortunate to find a group of people ready to face those challenges. Soon I realized that while I was the 13th pastor in that church’s nearly nine decades of ministry life to that point, I was given a gift that perhaps none of my predecessors had received. People were ready, and even desperate, for change.

To achieve significant change in an organization, four questions must be answered the right way.

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Mike Clarensau gives four tips on how to assimilate new guests and friends into your church.

Critical Steps in Assimilating New Friends Into Your Church

Published: March 30th, 2017

Entire books have been written on the subject of Guest Assimilation, so fully tackling such a huge issue in a short blog isn’t realistic. But most of us who lead local churches need to get the basics down so we can begin building our effort. Here’s four key rites of passage for the guest.

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Conflict Strategy: A Requirement for a Healthy Church

Conflict Strategy: A Requirement for a Healthy Church

Published: June 27th, 2019

We’ve considered the kind of people that we need for a healthy church, but before we leave this discussion, we must consider how those people interact with each other–specifically, how they respond when difficulty arises.

Healthy churches are growing healthy people and there may be no place where that’s more evident than in the management of conflict.

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Dr. Mike Clarensau provides a key metric for consider when diagnosing the health of your local church.

Church Metrics That Matter - Part 3

Published: June 19th, 2017

As we have looked at the metrics that drive church health, we have seen the “nickels and noses” measures of local church life aren’t truly the best measures of church health. In fact, in the U.S. Assemblies of God today, a slightly higher percentage of large churches are plateaued or declining than are smaller churches. So if bigger isn’t always better, what is better?

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Dr. Mike Clarensau provides a key metric for consider when diagnosing the health of your local church.

Church Metrics That Matter - Part 2

Published: June 5th, 2017

Once again, we continue our look at the metrics that drive church health. As we have seen, the “nickels and noses” measures of local church life aren’t truly the best measures of church health. Just because something is bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. If bigger was always better, then doctors would stop bugging us about expanding waistlines.

But what is better? We’ve already looked at missional effectiveness and assimilation ratios. These have shown us how we’re really doing at doing the job Jesus gave us to do. How many of us does it take to reach someone with the Gospel each year? Are we maintaining contact with those converts long enough to get them into the waters of baptism?

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Dr. Mike Clarensau provides two key metrics for consider when diagnosing the health of your local church.

Church Metrics That Matter - Part 1

Published: May 22nd, 2017

Numbers are a somewhat controversial topic when it comes to the local church. Some chase them, believing the size of the crowd will speak volumes about their own effectiveness. Others simply insist that Jesus wants to reach everyone, so everyone is the goal. Still others focus their energies on smaller gatherings, searching for an intimacy the crowd can seldom achieve. Church isn’t a numbers game, and yet it really is.

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Can You Judge a Church by Its Size?

Can You Judge a Church by Its Size?

Published: August 19th, 2019

Today, there seem to be more and more articles and books either defending or castigating local churches on the issue of their size. Some applaud the large church in such a way that the smaller church seems unnecessary and without a future, while others defend the merits of the small church and treat the larger congregation with contempt and suspicion. It seems we are determined to find a side to fight for somewhere between the house churches of Acts 2 and the massive modern churches in Southeast Asia. 

Is this a fight worth fighting? Is there a “right” size for local congregations or is one better than the other? In this blog, Dr. Mike Clarensau expounds on the matter. 

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Avoid challenging relational moments in the Church by understanding the differences between truth, convictions and preferences.

Are Your Convictions Causing Conflict at Church?

Published: June 8th, 2016

There are few things more devastating to a community and individual lives than conflicts at church. Somehow we expect difficult moments and relational challenges at work, at home, and in just about every other setting of our lives. But church? Well, that just shouldn’t be. 

Okay, yes, we could argue that a local church is full of people too. Therefore, we should anticipate a few challenging relational moments, but much of the angst can be avoided if we would understand the differences between truth, convictions, and preferences.

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