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Dr. Bill Miller

HighPower eNews -- May 2012

"Power Tools for Pastors"

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A Word from Bill

If you are a pastor concerned about church growth, you will want to take note of the two Church Growth Factoids this month, from veteran church leaders Bill Hybels and Leith Anderson. If every church experiences 10% attrition (and they do), then you will need to be making plans to counter-act that attrition, PLUS adding additional people. We have some great blogs on Assimilation at the HPR site. Take a look. In the blog section this month is my newest article on "Four Inhibitors to Church Growth". Good stuff, worth a read and some thought for your church situation.

I trust you are having some fruitful ministry. We are seeing people come to faith and get hungry to learn more. We put together the "Faith Essentials" Bible Study to help newer Christians grow. You can find that all the way at the bottom under the "New Bible Study Series Available."

NEW this Month

  • New Blog Posts:
    • Four Inhibitors To Church Growth
    • Simple Church — A Review of a Compelling Book
  • Coaching:
    • 7 Lifegoals For Life Change
    • Coaching for Spiritual Development
  • Sermons:  
    • The Power of the Word
    • The Practice of the Word
  • Drama:  
    • Real World: Small Group



Take a look at these two Factoids


Factoid #1: “I keep reminding pastors that the normal attrition rate for most churches is about 10 percent each year … because of elderly people dying, career transitions, and people moving to new neighborhoods alone, you’ll lose ten out of every 100 attenders each year.” Source: (Hybels, Bill. Axiom. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008., p. 57.)

Factoid #2: “Today the rule of thumb is one full-time pastor for every 150 people. (based on average Sunday morning worship attendance).” Source: (Anderson, Leith. Dying for Change. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1990, p.55.)

These and other Factoids can be found at ChurchGrowth Factoids

HighPower Thoughts Blog

HighPower Thoughts  Blog

(What I’m learning right now in the areas of Leadership Development, Church Growth, Simple Church, & Church Health.)

Recent Posts:

  • Four Inhibitors to Church Growth -- I am calling them ‘inhibitors’ rather than ‘barriers’ because the phrase ‘growth barriers’ is usually applied to things like the 250, 500, or 800 barrier. I discuss here four issues, which when unaddressed, will drag you down, slow you down, and generally create a lot of ministry friction and distraction which will inhibit the growth of your church. Read more..

  • Simple Church – A Review of a Compelling Book-- Simple Church, by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger, is a compelling book. Based upon a lot of research, which they detail in their book, they make a very strong case for the simple church. Read more..
Check out other Blog entries here.
HighPower Thoughts Blog


NEW Resources:

We have a whole new layout of the list of Coaching Resources for your personal ministry within your local church. This is free to any and all Pastors. Below are two sample resources for you. Also visit here for the complete list.

7 Lifegoals For Life Change -- Why goals? Goals will help you move from being “a wandering generality to a meaningful speci?c” in your life. Goals give direction, clarity, drive, and motivation. To know where you are going in life empowers you. Read more..

Coaching for Spiritual Development -- This coaching seminar will help you understand the purposes and goals of coach/mentoring discipleship. Learning how to effectively coach is one of the greatest skills needed for effective discipleship. Too often discipleship efforts stall out because the person who is being ‘discipled’ doesn´t own his/her own spiritual development. The ‘discipler’ is trying their best, but that is the problem: they are doing all the work, and the disciplee is not. Read more..

Free Coaching Session - a lot of pastors have not experienced the power of coaching yet. I’ve been a believer and a practitioner of coaching for many years now. it is a powerful tool to help individuals, and pastors, to reach their goals. I’m happy to share this powerful tool for effective ministry with other pastors. Give it a try; I think you will enjoy the clarity of thought and planning which it provides. Contact me at “DrBill@HighPowerResources.com” for more info.

Other HighPower Coaching Resources can be found here.

Software News

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SermonBase Message Planning Software

SermonBase has great search abilities! Not only can you search for any sermon by Title, Topic, Scripture, and Date, but if choose the Search or Find options, you will discover these as well: You can search for sermons based on: which MONTH you preached; who the SPEAKER was; you can search by DRAMA, MUSIC, VIDEO, ILLUSTRATIONS, QUOTATIONS, TESTIMONY. Read more..
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Shepherd Care Group Software

Using the picture of Sheep, Shepherds, and Flocks this software helps you track the details on all of the small groups in your church.

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Family Faces Church Directory Software

This is an easy to use software that does one thing very well — help you to create & maintain a great looking computer-based Family Photo Directory that can be run by either Mac or PC. It will be you from expensive printing of paper manuals and high-pressures sales people trying to squeeze your families and little-old–ladies for more dollars for photos.
HighPower Library

This is a very simple program that helps you keep track of all the books in your library. It is free to pastors, as our gift to thank you. Enjoy it, use it, share it with friends. HighPower Library will let you add an unlimited number of books, CD’s, articles, DVD’s, videos, anything you can list, you can record and track in this software.

Click on HighPower Software to download your software Demos today.

HighPower Sermon Available

Sermons - New Sermon Available

The Power of the Word -- This is part of The Bible Mini–Series where listeners will know that the Bible is true and how it can change their lives with its Truth & Power. Read more…

The Practice of the Word -- Part two of The Bible Mini–Series. This is a seven-week sermon series to help you experience peace in your heart and soul even in the midst of a deadly, dangerous, and chaotic world. Read more…

More HighPower Sermons can be found here.

HighPower Dramas

Drama - New Drama Available

Real World: Small Group -- This is a four–week drama series, with an additional Introductory drama. This is a not-so–typical small group, in which each member conveys a major flaw, any of which might be commonly found within any circle of believers. Read more…

More HighPower Dramas can be found here.

HighPower Dramas

New Bible Study Series Available

Faith Essentials -- New Christians need the assurance of their salvation as they begin their walk with Jesus. They also need to know how to overcome temptation and how to have a regular daily devotional time to meet with God each day. The "Faith Essentials" Bible Study is a comprehensive collection of key teachings which are absolutely necessary for successful Christian living. Read more…

More Bible Studies can be found here.

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