Author: Beth Ehlert

Great News!

We have some great news to share with you! It sometimes feels overwhelming to hear all the challenges the Church in the U.S. and around the world are facing. In 2015, Exponential and the Lifeway group conducted a research study. This study revealed that only 4% of churches across the […]

Challenging and Improving Toxic Culture – Part 2

In our previous post, we began a discussion about improving toxic culture. We defined two significant terms to help us understand where we may stand as leaders–transformational leadership and transactional leadership. Now, let’s dive into more detail as we unpack this vital issue in church culture. It Starts With You. […]

Challenging and Improving Toxic Culture – Part 1

Over the last several weeks, we’ve brought you content relating to our theme for the HGC Pre-Conference in Orlando coming up next week. We’ve talked to you about what a Captivating Culture looks like, Counting the Cost of changing the culture in your church and Counting the Cost of NOT […]

Culture: Counting the Cost – Part 2

There is a ton of buzz in churches these days regarding the need for some major cultural shifts. I believe the Holy Spirit is moving His bride in some dynamic ways at this moment in time. Some even say that we may see a 2nd Reformation in the Church over […]

Culture: Counting the Cost – Part 1

As we ramp up our discussion on church culture as we move closer to the first week of March when we will gather in Orlando for Exponential, one of the first points we need to tackle is counting the cost of making those small changes that will create a more […]

Captivating Culture

The book of Acts captures the captivating story of the birth and growth of the First Century Church. There are a few times in this amazing story where Luke clearly describes the ethos of the community that was forming. A wonderful example of this is found in Acts 2:42-47: “42They […]

The Posture of Surrender

So here we are — the last of this three-part series. You can access the previous weeks’ posts here. I feel like I’ve saved the best one for last, The Posture of Surrender. When it comes to our relationship with Christ, we know it all begins here with surrender. We come […]

The Posture of Gratitude

Last week you were hopefully able to read about the first of the three postures we’re talking about during this Advent season. The first one was The Posture of Generosity. Feel free to check that one out if you missed it. To recap, I heard a talk given by Danielle […]

The Posture of Generosity

Over the next three weeks, we’re going to take an in-depth look at three postures that I believe help us live a more peaceful, Jesus-filled life. At Exponential Orlando 2018, I heard Danielle Strickland, whom I respect and admire, talk about these postures and was so inspired to adopt this as […]

The Promise

Woven throughout the fabric of all we do here at Healthy Growing Churches is this central idea of wanting to see disciples made to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations of reproduction and to see churches do the same. It is not shocking to most of you within this particular […]