October 28, 2014

Dear Willowbrooker:

Every weekend you drive down the road and see signs advertising open houses. Why do realtors host these open houses? Because they work. They know if they can get people who are looking for a new home to experience firsthand the home they are selling, that person might just choose to make that home their own.

This coming Sunday, November 2 we are having an open house. We know there are many people in our community who have never had the opportunity to see Willowbrook firsthand. They may have heard about us from others and seen us on a TV commercial, but they’ve yet to walk into our facilities. We believe God has blessed us with one of the most beautiful churches in North Alabama, with fantastic facilities that can minister to the whole family.

We would like you to help us this weekend by inviting the people you know who are not involved in church to come to our open house. They can take a guided tour the church, led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff, drink a warm drink and enjoy a cookie at Javabrook, and experience our worship service.  We hope to connect them to our church, and more importantly, connect them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Would you help us by praying about and then handing out these cards to some people you know who are not involved in church? By doing so, you just might change the eternal destiny of some people God has placed in your path.


In Him,

Pastor Mark

Church Growth and Attracting the Unchurched
For a church to grow it must do more than just “swap sheep” with other churches.  Much of church growth is really just Christian swapping churches.  The “hot” church in the area is pulling the unhappy people from sorounding churches.  This causes the “hot” church to grow as the feeder churches shrink, but overall there is no change of total church attendance in that area.
Compare that with a church at is reaching the unchurched were they are reaching people have not been attending a church.  These people’s lives are being changed by the gospel of Christ and real church growth is happening.
If this i something you want to see at your church, then you have to be able to attract not unhappy church members but unchurched people.  This sounds simple but it is harder than you think.  Most churches without knowing it have made there church and services very friendly for the already convinced, but very unfriendly for the unchurched.  Check out this great interview and see what you can learn about attracting the unchurched to your church.

Check out more leadership interviews here: http://thinkintl.tv


Keys to Attracting the Unchurched


We recently conducted a study of formerly unchurched Americans. What made them come to a church? What made them stay? The answers to these questions gave us insight into the mind of an unchurched person and gave us guidance in reaching them more effectively.

What Makes Them Come?

We found that the reasons the formerly unchurched chose a particular church were complex.  But while the teaching and doctrine of the pastor are a leading factor for selecting a church, relationships play a key role in helping the unchurched make their initial church visit.

Originally from : http://www.churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/139404-the-keys-to-attracting-the-unchurched.html



Creativity and Church Growth

If your church charged a $20 cover charge, would people be standing in line to get into your services? Watch this thought provoking video as Chris Brown of North Coast Church challenges us to get creative and offer stuff so good at our churches, that people would be will to pay for it.

Creative Leadership Videos: http://thinkintl.tv/ This Video was part of "The Creative Leadership Tour: LA to San Diego." Check out more videos from the series here: http://www.youtube.com/thinkintl  

Since this post is seen mostly by pastors, I thought maybe I need to explain what a cover charge is?

Originally from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_charge

cover charge is an entrance fee sometimes charged at barsnightclubs or restaurants. Cover charges (or "couvert" charges) generally do not include the cost of food, but in some restaurants, they do include bread, butter, olives and other accompaniment


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Sermon Series Branding – Chris Brown, North Coast Church

Sermon Series Branding Tips Here: http://thinkintl.tv/ This Video was part of "The Creative Leadership Tour: LA to San Diego." Check out more videos from the series here: http://www.youtube.com/thinkintl 


Originally from : http://churchedge.blogspot.com/2007/04/mark-batterson-on-sermon-branding-new.html

What is sermon content.
How is sermon branding.

I have a core conviction: the greatest truths ought to be communicated in the most unforgettable ways. And when it comes to communicating things in unforgettable ways, how is just as important as what. I don't just want people to remember. I don't want them to be able to forget.

Sermon branding is nothing new. It's as old as the ancient prophets using God-inspired props to make their messages stick. Jesus took the Old Testament art form to a new level. No one was better at branding truth than The Truth. His parables are pure genius. Hear them once and you'll remember them forever! Sermon branding is hard work, but it isn't optional if we're serious about communicating like Christ.


Seven Steps to Sermon Branding:

#1 Come up with a series title

#2 Create a series logo

#3 Design a series evite and invite

#4 Brainstorm Big Ideas

#5 Shoot a Series Trailer

#6 Design a microsite.

#7 Add Sermon Props




Invitational Evangelism

Most churches in America grow because friends are inviting friends to come to church with them.  ”Invitational Evangelism” is one of the most powerful growth factor for a church.
Creating A Church That People Will Bring Their Friends To – Chris Brown, North Coast Church

Originally from : http://www.hydeparkumc.org/discipleship/invitational-evangelism/

Invitational Evangelism

“Out is evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do. In it’s place is disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do. You’re more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!” — Brian McLaren “More Ready Than You Realize”

You can probably come up with plenty of reasons NOT to share your faith, but keeping it to ourselves will stifle our own growth and life in Christ. Explore ways that you can grow in invitational evangelism below. You’ll be surprised how un-scary it can be to spread the good news!

Are the people at your church inviting others to come to church with them?  Are they happy to be at your church or are they “raving fans?”

There are things a church can do to be more “guest friendly.”  Do you know what those things are?  Are you will to make your church a guest friendly church?



Ryan Meeks talks Multi-Site and Church Growth

Ryan Meeks, EastLake Church, Multi-Site, tyles of Leadership, Authenticity in Church,
This is a great interview where you find out about being a multi-site pastor.  They church of over 5,000 in attendance and added five multi-site campuses at one time.  They have become so committed to the multi-site model that there is no main campus.  Each Thursday night the pastor records his message before his staff.  Each of those messages are played by video at the different sites on Sunday.  This has allowed them to grow large without a single large campus and avoid a lot of the cost and headaches that comes from being one centralized?large campus instead of many multi-site small campuses.  To find out more about this church and their approach see below and see how they welcome guests to their website

Originally from : http://eastlakecc.com/bothell/

The only thing we’ll ask of you is simple: relax. You don’t have to dress up. We don’t care who you voted for in the last election. And please, don’t feel the need to pretend about anything. We started EastLake as a safe environment for regular people to explore faith within community. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. So come as you are, because that’s where God meets us — as is. From there, we’ll help each other grow to be all God intended us to be.


  • friendly people will help you find your way around
  • kids will enjoy their own fun, age appropriate classes during the adult service
  • a live band will play 3 songs (you can just listen or sing along)
  • someone will pray and say “hi”
  • someone will talk about something that matters to your life
  • …and the whole thing will be over in about 80 minutes

Check out more leadership interviews here: http://thinkintl.tv/



Nothing is more effective in causing Church growth than planting a new church.  All the stats prove that fact.  More people come to know Christ per average of membership in a church plant than in an existing church.  They reach a younger demographic than a existing church does.  For the body of Christ to keep growing we must see the dying churches replaced with new church plants.

A Church Planting Story

Find Andrew Arthur here: http://andrewarthur.wordpress.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/agarthur Find The Hallows Church here: http://twitter.com/#!/hallowschurch.
Church planting is a process that results in a new (local) Christian church being established. It should be distinguished from church development, where a new service, new worship centre or fresh expression is created that is integrated into an already established congregation. For a local church to be planted, it must eventually have a separate life of its own and be able to function without its parent body, even if it continues to stay in relationship denominationally or through being part of a network.
If we are going to keep reaching people for Christ in the United States, we must keep planting new churches.  Church Planting = Church Growth!

Could Gary Vaynerchuk know more about church growth than most pastors?

The Book: http://thankyoueconomybook.com/ Gary Vee: http://garyvaynerchuk.com/
Gary Vaynerchuk (born November 14, 1975, in Babruysk, U.S.S.R. [now Belarus]) is co-founder and CEO of a social media brand consulting agency, video blogger, co-owner and director of operations of a wine retail store, and an author and public speaker on the subjects of social media, brand building and e-commerce[citation needed]. Vaynerchuk immigrated to the U.S. in 1978, and moved with his family to Edison, New Jersey.[1] After graduating from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA, transformed his father’s Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey liquor store into a retail wine store named Wine Library,[2] and in 2006 started the video blog Wine Library TV, a daily internet webcast on the subject of wine.

In August 2011, Vaynerchuk announced he would be stepping away from his daily wine video series to focus his attention on VaynerMedia, the social media brand consulting agency he co-founded in the Spring of 2009.

Gary used the internet to explode his wine business.  Then took what he learn and taught others to do the same.  He is now consider one of the top experts on branding using the internet.


A girl’s message to all Christians
Is this the message that will help Church reach more and result in Church Growth?  Or is message of all love an acceptance missing the mark?  What do you think?


If you’re a Christian, watch this. If you’re not a Christian, watch this. Hey there! I’m Emanuella. I’m a Christian. I have been a “good” Christian most of my life. It was my identity. I used to like to tell people how “good” I was, how I kept all the Commandments. I thought that was “Good”…… Then I realized something…I Failed!!! “Christian” was just a name I wore…kind of like a pretty coat over a dirty body…It didn’t match my heart. Here’s why: If you were an Atheist or Agnostic or anything else…And if you didn’t agree with me…I would disdain you as a person. I feel like a hypocrite! I feel disgusting! And I can’t take it anymore! I wasn’t interested in being your “Friend”. I just wanted to change you. I thought that was my job. Christianity is about being like “Christ”. Jesus loved everyone, First. If they didn’t accept what He said, He still loved them. Its not my job to change you, I can’t. But its my job to love you. That I can. So this is an appeal to my Christian Brothers and Sisters, not all but some… stop the Damnation. Stop the Judgement. Stop the Religism. Thats not our business. It doesn’t matter how well you can preach…How many Bible Verses you’ve memorized or How many people “think” you are all that. If you don’t have love, you’re nothing. Love is not a chore. Its a revelation. The Christ you serve revealed it in its purest form. Gandhi said: “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians.” Don’t be one of “those

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