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 […]

When You Assume… (Church Growth Edition)

“We all make assumptions. I do. You do. And they’re almost always wrong. Especially on complex subjects, like those that involve God and people. Subjects like church health and growth.” – Karl Vaters In “When You Assume…(Church Growth Edition)“, Karl Vaters, the small church guy, helps us sort through assumptions we make about what a healthy […]

Not Enough Time to Share the Gospel?

“I’ve been convicted that saying “I don’t have enough time” is a very bad habit.  So when I say that I don’t have enough time, whether I’m conscious of it or not, I’m essentially saying that God is either insufficient or He’s stingy. I’m saying it’s not my fault that I don’t have enough time; […]

Five Myths about Youth Ministry

“You’re in youth ministry, you basically just do fun stuff and play games all the time, right?” I’ve gotten this question more times than I can count over the years. My response usually goes something like this, “Yes, youth ministry IS fun and games, but it’s not JUST fun and games”. – Scott Frazier Scott Frazier’s blog, “5 […]

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 […]

A New Approach to Mental Illness in the Church

“It is common practice in churches to treat mental illness differently. We immediately assume there is something else, some deeper spiritual struggle causing mental and emotional strain. But, let me be direct here: if we immediately dismiss the possibility of mental illness and automatically assume spiritual deficiency, our actions amount to spiritual abuse. I know […]