I know I shouldn’t be, but I remain somewhat surprised by people’s general perception (or perhaps better said, assumption) of church culture, which includes how we gather, and I suppose just our general persona. A few observations: 1. One of the things that I say a lot, which I now believe I’ll say repeatedly for… Read More Permission
So, I read this today… “Many church members feel they have been sold a bill of goods. They were promised that if they would be a good church member, if they would discover their gifts, or join a small group, sign up for a church ministry, give to the building program, learn to clap or… Read More a failure to communicate
From Craig Van Gelder’s, Ministry of the Missional: “1. a church is. 2. a church does what it is. 3. a church organizes what it does.”
I saw a quote somewhere on facebook today that read something like this: “a church that lives within its walls is no church at all”. While I agree with that statement in principle, I’m not sure what we often mean by it, why we say it, or how it plays out into actionable reality. Here… Read More church walls
Nobody wants to be a part of a dead church. Or a dead anything really. One thing I learned about Jr High ministry a long time ago was that it only takes one thing to build a good Jr High Ministry; Jr Highers. They want to be where the action is and the more you… Read More 5 ways to create vibrance
Doing ministry is a lot like doing relationships. When done alone, it’s exhausting, discouraging, and not really worth the effort. But when you’re in relationship (or ministry) with people you genuinely enjoy, you are energized, encouraged and craving for more.
1. Advertise in the religion section. 2. Have a lot of events on campus during the week. 3. Wait to hand off ministry and invest in leaders until the “mature Christians” show up. 4. If you’re a pastor, spend a lot of time at the office. 5. Don’t get to know your neighbors. 6. When… Read More 7 ways to ensure that only christians show up at your church