Good Goat Guys

The Day of Atonement was a holy day set aside for fasting, prayer confession of sin and sacrifice for sin.  Two goats were required for the Day of Atonement – and a whole bunch of other stuff but I’m all about the goats right now.  One goat was killed as a sin offering for the […]

Shameless Plug Day

Today is shameless plug day.  I want to inform/ remind us all of some of the FMCiC resources available to you and your church as you work on this whole area of church health.  Ready?  Here we go. The Lifeplan. The LifePlan is a cyclic health conversation designed to lead congregations into responding and faithfully […]

Don’t Follow Me on Twitter

Someone I don’t know followed me on Twitter the other day.  I felt a little bad for them.  I am bad at Twitter.  I am not great at Facebook either but that’s a whole other blog.  If you know me and follow me on Twitter, I don’t feel bad for you.  You should know better.  […]

No Book Deal for Me

I’m never going to write a book.  Well, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to write a book.  I mean, I have no plans for a book.  I don’t dream of being an author.  And writing this blog just about kills me so I can’t imagine writing much more than this.  So chances are good […]

Writers and Handymen Needed!

So I want to tell you the first couple of chapters of a story.  This story is still being written but there is the opportunity for other characters and plot lines that could involve you or someone you know.  So read on! The story starts with Vaughn.  Vaughn has been a Christ follower for forty […]

Storytelling

So here is a thing I am noticing as I spend time around people – we are story tellers.  And when we tell stories, we often make ourselves the hero of the story. We are the put upon hero who has to overcome all kinds of “evil” ranging from diabolical coworkers to incompetent service industry […]

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 […]