Entries by Alison

Why “Insiders” Are Killing Your Church

““Of course I want to reach lost people,” … but I’m not going to see us change the music. … but I’m not going to lead a capital campaign to raise the money. … but I’m not going to park far away. … but I’m not going to risk stirring things up right now in […]

The Music Man

Pastor Doug Dawson from Open Arms in Tillsonburg, ON shared this story about Leonel who was a regular at Brazos Abiertos, an outreach ministry for Spanish speaking migrant workers. We may never see Leonel again and that is good news.  This statement doesn’t make a lot of sense without Leonel’s back story. For the past three […]

Are You Too Christian for Non-Christians?

““Wouldn’t it be great if we had an app that measured our engagement with unbelievers?” something ran a running total of: Amount of Time x Depth of Relationship x Unbelievers Sadly, for many, the product would be small, low single digits. It is so easy to fill our time with the activity and fellowship of […]

Seven Factors That Are Hindering Evangelism in Churches

I continue to dig into Thom Rainer’s work on the topic of church health – inspired by his book Autopsy of a Deceased Church.  Here are some more challenging thoughts from his blog, “Seven Factors That Are Hindering Evangelism in Churches.”  Of course the idea is to make sure that what he writes is not […]

3 Ways to Recognize Bad Stats

This week I am sharing Ed Stetzer’s blog “3 Ways to Recognize Bad Stats.” I heard Ed Stetzer talk a little about this during the Exponential webcast.  It should make us all slow down and think as we peruse the interwebs for stuff. Click here to read “3 Ways to Recognize Bad Stats.”

7 Ways Christians Should Behave Online

Some interesting and timely thoughts about how we engage with our world from Ron Edmondson’s “7 Ways Christians Should Behave Online.” “Still, it disturbs me some of the ways I see Christians respond on social media. I can post one thing … whether serious or not … and I do use humor intentionally as a part […]

FMCiC Youth Fall Retreat

Here’s the scoop on the FMCiC Youth Fall retreat! When:  Friday November 14-16, 2014 Where:  Ontario Camp for the Deaf in Parry Sound Cost:  $50/youth. $25/leader (leader to youth ratio must coincide with Plan to Protect guidelines). Theme:  “Stand” – Ephesians 6:10-11 Speaker:  Mike Mackneer Band:  Lightfall Who can come? Grades 6-12. All leaders must […]