When you’re high and walk into my church looking for money for that next fix, the answer is “no.” That one is easy. The potheads tend to receive it better than the meth addicts. But that’s for another blog. Saying “no” to your own members who have ministry ideas is much harder. Answering in the negative is part of leadership in any organization. Leaders keep vision focused. Leaders protect an organization from good things that could become distractions to the greater goal. It’s tough Read more [...]
A big wave is coming towards the church. It’s the swell of retiring Boomer pastors. Most Boomer pastors are currently between the ages of 50 and 68. They won’t all retire at once, so this wave won’t crash into the church like a tsunami. However, I don’t believe the North American church is prepared to replace these pastors. My father gives a few implications of retiring Boomer pastors over at his blog: There will be more pastoral vacancies than qualified candidates. Few churches are Read more [...]
Today’s post was written by Ben Reed. His new book, Starting Small, is a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about small groups. Check out his blog as well. When you think about starting small groups, you may think that groups are for church plants. Or for new churches. Or for churches that aren’t established. Or for churches that don’t have Sunday school. And if that’s what you think, you’d be among a growing number of people that tend to put small groups and Sunday school Read more [...]
The term “revitalize” has several implications, especially when applied to the church. The prefix implies a revitalized church is one that went through a cycle: vital, not vital, and vital again. This cycle demonstrates that the church had a period of stagnation or decline. It also means the church changed, if not to a great degree. This change means the church made a decision (most likely intentional) to get unstuck. What if an established church is stuck now? What will help with future revitalization? Read more [...]
Hand-written notes are rare. Electronic communication has all but erased the whimsy of cursive writing. The average adult writes something by hand about every 41 days, much less a hand-written note snail-mailed to a friend. The average home receives a personal letter in the mail every seven weeks. A few luddites still exist because you can purchase disposable fountain pens on Amazon, but you can also buy a UFO detector there. I doubt either product is a mainstream bestseller. In our wired world, Read more [...]