Posts by Joshua Ott

3 Things That Kill Vision In A Church

Has your church plateaued? A new person trickling in once in a while doesn’t count as growth.  Has your church been in decline? Decline isn’t measured in seasonal or short term attendance drop off. Instead, decline means a sustained decrease in more than one area of your church. Are leaders leaving and finances dwindling? Is attendance dropping…

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Post It! The question I get asked the most about social media.

We leverage a simple social media strategy at Grace Free Church and it has led to exponential growth in our numbers. More importantly, it has expanded the reach and influence of the Gospel to the 118 thousand people in our county. While having a strategy and following through on that strategy is more important than content,…

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How To Grow Your Audience When No One Is Paying Attention

I don’t know how to say this. Most people don’t even know you exist. As a church this presents a problem if you are actually trying to reach people in your community. The problem isn’t that you’re doing ministry wrong. It’s not because we live in a post-christian world. The issue isn’t that you are not…

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Your story isn’t over.

  By Josh Ott Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash.One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father…On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to…

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What you need to say to younger leaders.

By Josh Ott This was never my dream for my life – this thing we call pastoring, leading in a church. I’m a pastor’s kid who grew up in a really good EFCA church, a pastor’s kid who had amazing parents who demonstrated their love for Jesus and their love for their kids every day.…

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