How Engaged Are We With Scripture?

So a couple of weeks ago, Bishop Cliff shared an interview he conducted with Lawson Murray of Scripture Union Canada.  The point of the interview was to encourage us towards greater Scripture engagement.  If you missed those Cliff’s Notes, the links are here: https://www.fmcic.ca/cliffsnotes-october-3-2017/ https://www.fmcic.ca/cliffsnotes-october-10-2017/ By the way, if you want to receive Cliff’s Notes […]

Ordinary Time

Recently I was looking around for some apps that would help me in my devotional life.  I scrolled through various Bible and prayer apps and podcasts – mostly seeing what was out there but also looking for some different things to try.  I came across a prayer app that was put together by British Jesuits. […]

What Are You Planning?

I have a lot of conversations with churches who are planning.  Some are planning specific events while others are putting together a 2-year ministry plan or a 5-year long range plan.  All of that is exciting.  But I find that there are some good questions that would serve all of these planning teams well.  Let […]

Would God Give a Thumbs Up to Our Facebook Pages?

I was sitting in church the other day listening to a sermon.  The sermon was fine.  But there was something the preacher said (unrelated to the point of his sermon) that got me thinking.   I forget the preacher’s exact words but he talked about getting a thumbs up from Jesus.  Now, here is how […]

The Stuff That Doesn’t Get Mentioned

When you do a good amount of Church Health or Church Revitalization reading, you will start to see some common themes emerge.  I can almost guarantee you that you will read about prayer, discipleship, outward orientation, mission and vision.  Those topics come up over and over again.  And they need to.  They are all important. […]

Slow Down and Listen

As Director of Church Health, part of role is to walk churches through tools like the LifePlan or orient search teams to the transition process or show up to unpack the Church Health survey with boards and leaders.  And as I do this I need to stop and remember that above all what we are […]

Random Acts of Kindness Are Not the Whole Picture

A little while back, I wrote about some experiences with generosity.  Since then generosity has been on my mind and I have some more recent experiences to share.   I made an elderly couple cry. Keep reading!  I’m not the jerk it sounds like I am.  I was in Tim Hortons when I noticed this […]

$1.25 is Amazing Generosity?

So I was on a bit of a road trip a little while ago, and I ran out of shaving cream.  I popped into a generic dollar store type place to see if they had some in a travel size.  As I stood in line, I noticed the woman ahead of me was having some […]

Stuff I Say to Churches

Every church is different.  And so every conversation I have with churches has its own flavour.  That being said, there are a few things that I seem to say to a lot of churches as we talk about becoming healthier.  So I thought I should write them down and reflect on them a bit. There […]

What We Need

I’m going to say something that might be obvious to you.  It’s something that needs to be said repeatedly.  And it’s something we should never forget but I’m afraid that sometimes we do. We need God.  When it comes to building a healthy church, we need God.  When it comes to making disciples, we need […]

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