Now that I've established some of my assumptions and interests, I'm beginning my "giving up church for Lent" journey wth Diana Butler Bass' new book, Grounded: Finding God in the World---A Spiritual Revolution. Bass' previous book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a … Read more about Tired of Being Insulted
A major assumption behind this "giving up church for Lent" thought experiment is my conviction that attractional church models no longer work in post-Christendom. Church growth strategies designed to attract members with better worship services and programs have a limited return on investment … Read more about Attractional Church No Longer Works
A few weeks ago I made a short video to propose an ignite talk for the NEXT Church national gathering happening in Atlanta later this month. It wasn't one of the five ignite talks selected, but the video has still generated some curiosity and interest. It is very much in line with my theme of … Read more about Church Stockholm Syndrome
College was something of a crisis of faith for me. I was basically a fundamentalist when I left high school. After planning on a career in space physics and applying to schools based on this plan, by the time I needed to decide which college to attend I had felt a call to ministry that I could no … Read more about My “Secret Agent” Spiritual Guide
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 has a great post about how we end things. Quitting slowly doesn't serve you well. At work or in anything else you do, people will remember how you ended things. All in, then out is the responsible way to participate and to end that participation. Too often, we seduce ourselves … Read more about Ending Gracefully
The day of the professional minster is over. The day of the missionary pastor has come. The day of the churched culture is over. The day of the mission field has come. The day of the local church is over. The day of the mission outpost has come. These could be the talking points of … Read more about 1990 Called and They Want Their Paradigm Shift Back
Related to my current interest in contemplative spirituality, I've been pondering some foundational questions about Protestant worship. In particular, I've been questioning the wordiness of our worship services and the centrality of the sermon in Reformed (and other) worship traditions. To be … Read more about Contemplative Worship