I have recently been reading a lot about revitalising churches. It’s a big topic with lots of thoughts to sift through. There are thoughts you would expect to find like how prayer is essential, discipleship is key and always be ready for change. But I kept bumping into things I didn’t expect to see. Things […]
So it’s a Monday. And I’m writing this because I’m glad I went to church yesterday. The truth is, I didn’t feel like going. I might have even said that out loud. See, I was not looking forward to the day. The church I attend had its VBS all week and Sunday was Kids/VBS Sunday […]
Church folk talk a lot about being or building community. In Four Everyday Disciplines You Must Have to Experience Community, Karina Kreminski challenges us to think about what we need to be doing if we really want to build God honouring community.
“I’m increasingly convinced many churches simply don’t grow because they suffer from conflict and that many teams never thrive because there’s simply too much tension.” Carey Nieuwhof explores how to resolve conflict in, 7 Healthy Ways To Resolve Conflict at Church or Work.
There has been lots written about the church’s involvement in the community. And rightly so. Call it being missional. Call it outward focus. Call it whatever other label you have picked up on. It’s important that we be thinking and talking about these issues. But it’s important that we do more than talk. We need […]
As many of you will know, these are interesting days in FMCIC land. And not just “normal” interesting – you know all the regular challenges of doing ministry in our Canadian context. This is a special kind of interesting. We are in the midst of a denominational LifePlan and a search for the next. Interesting […]
As part of my job as Director of Church Health, I have the privilege of visiting and preaching at a number of churches. And I really enjoy it. I have made a few observations I want to share with you about my church visits. Some of these may apply to your church because a lot […]
I’m in the process of working my way through a Chronological Bible for my devotions. Just in case you aren’t sure, a Chronological Bible does its best to present the events of Scripture in the order they occurred – at least in the opinion of the editors and/or scholars responsible for that Chronological Bible. The […]
Much of my work involves churches in transition so I thought I would provide a how-to-be-ready-for-transition check-list. It’s a handy list for churches currently in transition and those that are not. Every church will eventually be a church in transition. Every pastor is an interim pastor. Sure some churches go longer between transitions than others. […]
I’ve recently been getting a lot of emails and seeing a lot of articles about how “Invite a Friend” Sunday can help your church grow. Let me be honest, my initial response is to scoff, call it a lame idea that will never work and rant about it being out-dated and old-fashioned thinking. Quick disclaimer […]
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