Mainline Christianity has been in a free fall decline since the mid 1960s. Some want to blame it on a changing culture; others say it’s the way all organizations go sooner or later; while others just throw up their hands and give up the ghost.
The truth is, we don’t believe any of these excuses […]
Turn around or growth are usually the result of some action taken by the leadership.
Usually its not the little changes that kill a church, but the big changes that go untried. Either leadership is afraid of these BIG changes or they can’t even imagine them. Either way, nothing is deadlier than ignoring the BIG […]
Turning a church around is a messy and lonely responsibility. I know because I did it three times and each time the early years were depressing enough to damped even the strongest spirit. When you consider where the church is and where it needs to go, attempting a turn around appears to be an […]
Not long ago our organization received a response from a pastor to one of our posts that showed one of the major misconceptions about Christianity. Here is the quote “If I must go somewhere else to have those needs met I will. Like any other service organization care for the caregiver is critical.”
The following is a personal story that sheds light on innovation.
Way back in 1982 (I know, ancient history) a member of my church staff decided to bring a dozen Apple 2e’s into the Sunday School and start writing curriculum for Bible studies. I was impressed by how quickly the kids took to the new […]
What is the one thing a leader needs the most to succeed? If we have the answer to that question, everything else falls into place. So here goes. The thing most needed for someone to succeed as a leader is a deep conviction that what they are attempting is God’s plan for them at […]
The mind is a funny thing; If the mind believes something to be true, the more likely it is that something will happen. Let me illustrate
I play golf. And there are times I know I can make every putt I’m about to take. And I do. Then there are days I know I couldn’t […]
The United Methodist Church is on the verge of schism. No one wants to call it that, but that’s the direction we’re going. At the moment, three “ways forward” are being presented. Option One is essentially to stay the course and hold those accountable who do not follow the constitution. Option Two, rewrites the […]