As church leaders there are a few holidays that must be observed faithfully and treated with the utmost respect they deserve. There is Christmas, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Then there is Easter, the day we recognize Jesus’ resurrection three days after being crucified. These are momentous […]
You’ll Need a Big Mouse
It’s been six years in the creating, but it finally made it to print. Written by church consultant, pastor, and author Bill Tenny-Brittian, Big Mouse is the adventure of Pastor Kent Clark, a not-so-super pastor who’s been called to the Springfield Community Church.
It’s a great church.
It’s a great call.
Anyone who spies me in the morning has a pretty good idea that coffee is one of my best friends. A good cuppa is my near-constant companion from breakfast until an hour before lunch.
Except when I’m a visitor at church … or at least at most churches.
You see, although I’m not a […]
Many churches have taken a stand against any kind of the celebrating Halloween because the darkness the day and night may promote. “Because Halloween can be traced to distinctly pagan sources, it is reasonable that many believers would find some aspects of its celebration disturbing”. According to Focus on the Family’s founder, Dr. James […]
Small Church Thinking: A mindset that guarantees a church will remain small, no matter what efforts are made to the contrary.
There are many different mindsets that keep a church small, but I heard one just the other day … out loud in front of God and everybody else:
Why do we have to have two […]
I suspect we’ve all done it. I’d spotted a new face in the crowd on Sunday morning and I made a beeline to them when the service was done. I introduced myself and asked the fatal question:
Are you visiting this morning?
The visitor’s eyes furrowed and her face flushed slightly, “I’ve been a member of […]
There’s an old church planting saying that’s stuck with me for decades:
The End is in the Beginning
In other words, if you want the end result to be spectacular, then the beginning has to be designed to support that visionary end.
Unfortunately, many churches and many church leaders are operating under the illusion that if […]
“The Church Doctor will see you now.”
“Tell me,” the doctor said, “What seems to be ailing you?”
The church shared her symptoms. Lethargy. Uncontrollable membership loss. And an unmistakeable rumbly in her tumbly.
“It’s most likely one of three common contagious church viruses.”
Self-Interitis affects virtually all declining churches.
Symptoms: Inability to make changes that […]
In my community, there are a couple of new church starts kicking off. One’s in my denomination and another is in a denomination not too dissimilar to mine.
I’ve met both pastors. They’re younger than I am. They have more energy than I have (barely!). And they both have denominational funding behind them.