In the first and second centuries, the leadership capacity of a Christian was seen in whether they had been with Jesus or had been associated with one of the original disciples rather than what they believed. What they taught or believed was overshadowed by whom they had been with. Relationship with Jesus or his […]
I was reading Luke 6 this morning and was struck by verse 12:
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
This passage immediately precedes the calling of the twelve apostles and it is one of only two times the Gospels mention Jesus going away […]
I received a couple of emails this weeks inquiring about an onsite consultation. They told me their sad story (and believe me, it was sad and detailed) and then asked if I could help. I gave them a quick overview of what issues I saw in what they said and then said one of […]
I am so tired of fights about church. We laud spirituality over “religion.” Face it, Christianity is a religion. Nothing wrong with religion. What’s wrong is when we get lost, when the world only sees hypocrisy and a disconnect with daily life.
I was recently at a meeting where we talked about conflict in the […]
There are some churches with great vitality in our nation. That is awesome. But most of you who read this, if you happen to go to church, are a part of a congregation that struggles. Welcome to the 21st century American religious reality.
It is mind boggling how quickly the spiritual climate has changed. Fifty […]
Just a quick word at Easter.
I was just watching the TV tribute to the BeeGees. And i thought what it must be like to have such a tribute made to you and all of the millions of people watching, just for you. Then my thoughts went back to the Easter Tomb that popped open […]
There are many leadership skills that are important. But there are two skills that overshadow all the rest. If a staff can master these two skills, there is no way a church can keep from reaching more people for Christ. Want to know what they are? Sure you do. So here goes.
Skill Number One: […]
Remember when it was all the rage in mainline churches to write and preach about how different it was to try to reach Baby Boomers, then Gen Xers? Now we are faced with the same challenge to reach Millennials. It seems that things never change for mainliners – we are always behind the curve, […]
I’ve been watching the trend escalate for the past decade. For centuries, it has been the practice of non-mainline groups. But for the last couple of decades its has been a rising factor in thriving churches.
I’m talking about the rise and effectiveness of non-seminary trained pastors. It used to be that pastors like enormously […]