TPRT #29: Mel Masengale - Leading Growth In Rural America

In this episode I talk with Mel Masengale about leading change in a growing rural church

Ryan Latham

October 29, 2019

Welcome to Episode 29 of The Pastors Round Table podcast.

In this episode, we talk with Mel Masengale. Mel is the Lead Pastor of Summit Church in Indiana, PA and the director of The Back 40 Network. Summit Church has experienced significant growth under Mel's leadership over the last few years. The church was averaging attendance around 450 when Mel arrived and just a few years later they are running around 1,500 and opening their first multisite location. The Back 40 network is specifically targeting churches in rural America to help them with leadership development with a focus on helping churches grow.

During our conversation, Mel shares about -

  • "Show me your budget and I'll show you what you value"  
  • Leading change
  • How and when to cancel/add services
  • Changing staff meeting structures as you grow
  • Including staff to help with sermon prep
  • How to overcome the temptation of people-pleasing

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