Confession of Two Mainline Church Geeks

We’ve Got a Confession to Make.
We’ve been mainline Christians most of our lives.
We choose the mainline because of its theology.
But over time the mainline Church has fallen into a free fall decline.
And that pains us.
We hate to see once great institutions dying. So we’re not going to just sit back and watch it […]

The Antidote to the Pride of Life

As church leaders today, we face the same trials, temptations and traps that all who have come before us were subjected to.  These are identified in 1 John 2:17 by the Apostle John as,” the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” Scripture also teaches us that […]

Now More Than Ever

 

I can’t remember a time in our nation’s history when there has been more talk about the leadership of our government. As leaders within the church we must use some criteria in which to model our leadership style. I always look first to what the Bible has to say and then try to take to […]

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Introduction – Chapter 08

Ready, Set, Go

Hopefully you’ve concluded that multiplication is a mindset and the way to do ministry and not merely a program or model. It’s a new world view, a new way of living that’s on fire to reach as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. As such it can embrace […]

Video Introduction to Dinosaurs and Rabbits

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Chapter 07 – Introduction

Transitioning to Multiplication

Turning the tide from Mainline Decline to a Multiplication Movement isn’t an overnight sensation. And it’s not a task for the timid. To change today’s Mainline churches demands leaders who are as strong as elephants, have the hide of crocodiles, and in the words of Jesus, have the cunning of serpents (Mt […]

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Introduction – Chapter 06

I forget who first said it but “culture eats strategy every time.” Church culture is the intersection of vision, values, narrative, leaders, and practices that characterize and guide an organization as shown in the graphic.

The reason any kind of major change is so difficult and takes so long is because of culture. A church’s […]

First Among Equals

We all are familiar with the legend of the boy Arthur who the wizard Merlin prophesized would be the one to pull the magical sword, Excalibur from the stone and become the king. You may even know the part where King Arthur and his knights of the round table set out in search of […]

Dinosaurs to Rabbits: Chapter 5 – Introduction

In this chapter, we take a look at the principles that will turn a flagging mainline church into a multiplication movement. To be fair, this isn’t a specific recommendation list (“Start three small groups of twelve people each and study thus-and-thus in session one, this-and-that in session two” etc.). You will actually have to […]