The Lenten season has started. Lent is six weeks (excluding Sundays) dedicated to prayer, fasting, and reflection to prepare for the grand celebration of…
Churches around the world honor the “cloud of witnesses” who have gone before us – all those people who shaped, challenged, and carried us…
What makes a Methodist a “Methodist”? This is an increasingly important question in the age of the rise of secularism, the decline of churches…
A few years ago, I ran into a friend who was going through some tough family times. I asked him if there was anything…
Jesus saw them. He sent them. They were still part of his team, his flock, his people. Their doubts did not exclude them from the mission.
The folks at Waffle House have a whole system for keeping restaurants open in a storm. They know how to do natural disasters. We need to be a “Waffle House church,” first offering people the body and blood of Jesus Christ, then offering a full menu of the faith even in the midst the storm.
“When Christ is squeezed from the Body of Christ by our own priorities and agenda as a congregation or through our busyness as leaders or disciples, what is left is little more than a corpse masquerading as a church.”
When change “just happens,” it never happens to move the organization’s goals forward.
How do we know when an organization isn’t healthy?
Churches have personalities, expressed through their organization, Christian education
processes, preaching, and worship. Each can have strengths and challenges, but the diversity is reflective of the differences we see in people, including the
Instead of focusing on which
organizational structure or form of worship we prefer, we need to ask if our church is manifesting Christ to the world.