Every mainline Protestant institution---churches, denominations, seminaries, publishing houses, parachurch ministries, non-profit organizations---has been dealing with decline for decades. Increasingly, this is becoming the norm for evangelical institutions as well. I routinely find myself in … Read more about Managing Decline or Pruning the Tree?
Today Seth Godin made his 6000th blog post. He uses the occasion to suggest that writer's block is a myth. But then he takes it one step further: More important than the output, though, is the act itself. The act of doing it every day. When you commit to a practice, you will certainly have days … Read more about Show Up, Go Out, and…
I've never had "evangelism" in my job title before, and quite frankly I never thought that I would. Though most people never said anything out loud, when I told them about my new job I could see the curiosity in their eyes. Why would I leave a successful pastoral ministry at one of the most … Read more about Why Evangelism?
During my lunch break I needed to mail a package. As I walked toward the local post office, I felt a sense of dread welling up inside of me. I've experienced poor customer service there and I wasn't looking forward to being "helped" by a rude worker clearly not happy to be there. But to … Read more about Surprised By Hospitality
For a while now I've been wanting to make periodic posts that take Seth Godin's brilliant daily posts on business and marketing and apply them to my world in the church, under the tag "Seth Goes to Church." Here goes. I may go back and do this for some of my favorite posts that I've held on … Read more about The Peter Principle at Church
Last week a young leader in our church told me that she had been in a conversation with a friend about the benefits of joining a church versus simply going to church. She thought she had some good answers but was curious what a pastor at her church thought. Here is my response: Great question. In … Read more about Why Join A Church?
Yesterday on Facebook someone reminded me that I never posted the third video on post-Christendom that I put together for a friend's adult education class. (You can find the first two here and here.) The main content of this final installment is a prophetic oracle and symbolic action I wrote for … Read more about Urgency and Opportunity
For a while now I have been reflecting on the difference between unity and uniformity in the church. Last week's post about "Playing at Presbyterianism" helped me frame this reflection in terms of the shift from Christendom to post-Christendom. As it has become clear that I need to do a better job … Read more about Unity not Uniformity in Post-Christendom