We Aren’t a Typical Free Methodist Church

There is one phrase that I have heard over and over again during my two years as Director of Church Health.   Are you ready?  Here it is: “But you don’t understand.  We aren’t a typical Free Methodist Church.” “We aren’t a typical Free Methodist Church.”  To be honest, I am never really sure how to […]

Make the Most of Your Summer

I have noticed that lots of professional type blogs have lists.  So in an attempt to be more “bloggy” and because it’s kind of an easy out – I made a list.  I realize as I type this that summer is almost half over but here are my tips for making the most of the […]

Uncomfortable Competition

I want to share some thoughts that have been rolling around in my head for a while.  These thoughts are in the process of being formed but aren’t fully formed yet. I’m feeling uncomfortable with a competition that seems to be happening in the church world these days.  It is most noticeable at leadership/church planting/ministry […]

Movie Theatre Church

So I did something different the other day.  I attended church in a movie theatre.  It was a satellite or campus of a large well known ministry.  The worship music was live but the preaching was via the screen.  I went to see what it was like and to see if I could learn anything […]

A Way Better Plan

The other day I was listening to a sermon from pastor and author Pete Wilson and he reminded me of something pretty important when it comes to making disciples.  I give him full credit for stirring the following thoughts. Peter Wilson cited Matthew 28.  Usually we jump down to verse 18 of this passage, the […]

A Confession to Make

I have a confession to make.  I really messed up the other day.  A friend of mine had called me to talk about a difficult and painful situation that he was facing.  I listened as he poured out his heart.  I gave my thoughts on the situation when asked.  I listened some more.  And then […]

Muppets, Cookies, Christmas and You

I’m writing this just after the first Sunday of Advent.  It’s the Christmas season.  That time of year where we get too busy and where all kinds of things can get sideways in us and our relationships.  It’s not supposed to be that way.  It just sort of happens if we aren’t careful. So with […]

Check-up Time

As some of you are aware, every week on the FMCIC website and Facebook page we post a link to what we hope is a helpful article.  We do it to celebrate Church Health Thursdays – a day that I totally made up but that works.  If you haven’t checked them out please do and […]

Reading Books So You Don’t Have To!

I enjoy the writing of Gordon Macdonald – his book “A Resilient Life” is worth anybody’s time but that’s a different blog.  So awhile back when I discovered that he was writing about Leadership Development/ Discipleship I was interested.   The book in question is “Going Deep.”  It is a fictional account of a church […]

Something New and Healthy!

So here is something new; actually a couple of things. New thing number one: Church Health Thursday.  With the help of my friend Alison McKinnon, we are going to provide you with a link on Facebook to an article or blog post or something every Thursday.  My hope is that these posts will give us […]