I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.

Herbert Swope

Benchmarking (Comparing) Your Ministry to Another

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Benchmarking is the exercise of one organization comparing their practices and results with another organization that is known as the leader of these practices and results. The comparison helps organizations know how they measure against the “industry leader,” the one that seems to have it figured out.

While for-profit organizations formally practice benchmarking, ministries tend to informally practice something similar. We frequently look to those who are getting the type of results we desire and ask, “What can we learn from them?” or “How can we do what they do?”

Three-and-Done: Why Ministry Leaders Quit and 3 Books That Can Help You Beat the Odds

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Most ministry leaders, specifically pastors, tend to leave their ministry after 3 to 4 years. It is an unfortunate statistic that limits a ministry’s ability to flourish. I have heard from several ministry leaders regarding this issue. Here are some reasons why ministry leaders quit after 3 years:

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Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space

The church campus tells a story. Stories are all around us, in virtually every aspect of our daily experiences, which means that our church and ministry facilities also tell a story. Tim Cool offers a unique perspective on the importance of church buildings. These buildings are vastly more important than most understand. The church campus and the story of the people in the church go hand-in-hand and are interwoven into each other. We cannot neglect the power of story and how our church facilities communicate a story. In this book, several key question about church facilities are answered: How does church space support the story of the people? How does the church space prime the heart, minds, and emotions of your guests? How does your facility bring people into the story of the church?

Church facilities will not save a person from a life of sin and frustration. But the lack of attention to the church campus can indeed be the road block to reaching those people that need to hear the gospel message the most. Don’t minimize their impact. This book will reveal how to maximize your church facility to share the greatest story ever told, the gospel.

Now available from Rainer Publishing