EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & Review by a Pastor of “Cure for the Common Church”

by Pastor Drew Alan Wilkerson, Lead Pastor, BridgeWater Church, Hamilton, Ohio. February 23, 2016 INTRODUCTION:                                                                                                                                                                  Pg. 11-17 This overview summarizes a book by Dr. Bob Whitesel titled Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health (Wesleyan Publishing … Continue reading

CHURCH SIZE & The average church in American is 75 attendees #Cure4TheCommonChurch

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan for Church Health (Indianapolis, IN: 2012), p. 14. The average church in North America is only 75 attendees,[i] [i] Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, The American Religious … Continue reading

NEED MEETING & Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: What Motivates Behavior? #CureCommonChurchBook #SpiritualWaypointsBook

By Kendra Cherry, author of the Everything Psychology Book (2nd Edition). …Types of Needs Maslow believed that these needs are similar to instincts and play a major role in motivating behavior. Physiological, security, social, and esteem needs are deficiency needs … Continue reading

SYSTEM 6 of 7SYSTEMS.church: UNIFIED & How to Unite a Conflicted Church 

This is sixth (6th) in a series of articles by Bob Whitesel, D.Min., Ph.D. (12/23/16) introducing the 7SYSTEMS.CHURCH and which first appeared in Church Revitalizer Magazine. The “7 systems” of a healthy church (www.7System.church) is based upon an analysis of 35,000 church combined with 25+ years of consulting … Continue reading

SYSTEM 4 of 7SYSTEMS.church: REGENERATION & People/Places are supernaturally changed for the better.

This is fourth (4th) in a series of articles by Bob Whitesel, D.Min., Ph.D. (5/17/17) introducing the 7SYSTEMS.CHURCH and which first appeared in Church Revitalizer Magazine. The “7 systems” of a healthy church (www.7System.church) is based upon an analysis of 35,000 church combined with 25+ years of consulting … Continue reading

INGROWN & 4 traps of ingrown churches & how to avoid them. @BiblicalLeadership magazine article by @BobWhitesel

by Bob Whitesel , Biblical Leadership Magazine, Jan. 28, 2016. Slowly over time most churches grow primarily inward in their focus, rather than focusing outward to meet the needs of those outside the church.The result of this inward focus is that … Continue reading

SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION & A short video churches can embed online to share the “4 Steps to Peace with God”

Commentary by Prof. B.: Over 25 years of consulting has taught me that churches whose congregants know how to share their conversion story and Biblical Scriptures that accompany it, I’m much more likely to grow. This to me is because, … Continue reading

SERMON & 1 Purpose + 3 How-tos = a growing, going church (Matthew 28:19)

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 5/14/17. “The “great” purpose, goal, commission, charge.” In your… > going, meet their needs daily (prepare the soil) “attendant circumstance participle = !” (an aorist participle preceding an aorist main verb) > teaching them something … Continue reading

NEWNESS & Why Conversion is the Pivot Point for Church Balance

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 2012. Spiritual Transformation IS a Pivot Point What is a Pivot Point? Greek mathematician Archimedes emphasized the unlimited power of a “lever” when he stated: “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move … Continue reading

NEWNESS & How Renewing Those in Spiritual-need Renews a Church!

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 2012. Newness for Those in Spiritual Need This is the true newness that will permeate the uncommon church. It is an expectation and invitation for people to be transformed physically and spiritually by a reunification … Continue reading

NEWNESS & Can Renewing Church Attendees Alone Renew a Church?

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 2012. Churchgoer Newness Sometimes leaders pick up this book because deep down inside they want to see their church attendees changed. Leaders are often tired of the wrangling, petty grudges, and poor attitudes that many … Continue reading

NEWNESS & Can Newcomers Alone Renew a Church?

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 2012. Newcomer Newness & Transfer Growth … congregations hope that improving their hospitality and assimilation of newcomers will create a new church. And, many helpful books can assist a church in better connecting newcomers to … Continue reading

HOLE IN THE GOSPEL & Fewer Americans Believe Churches Solve Social Problems

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: I have pointed out in the book “Cure for the Common Church” that Jesus often met people’s physical needs before he told them that he could solve their spiritual needs. Abraham Maslow, in his Hierarchy of … Continue reading