One Pastor’s Thoughts on Clergy Attire (Don’t Wear Cargo Shorts)

Some years ago (before dressing down was the norm) I spoke at a hip, new church plant. They had a clearly defined church culture (before I knew what church culture was) and were thriving. Upon arrival I was greeted by a person assigned to me for the morning. He was dressed in some Dockers andContinue reading “One Pastor’s Thoughts on Clergy Attire (Don’t Wear Cargo Shorts)”

Stop Your Whining and Change the World

Our tech guy wanted a summation of my beliefs for the church website.  I responded, “People need to get saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, stop their whining, roll up their sleeves and change the world.  Yep, that is about it.  Print that.”  And he did. -Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Senior PastorContinue reading “Stop Your Whining and Change the World”

For the ‘Jesus is My Homeboy’ Religion Haters

I have a lot of friends who have a real problem with religion- We will get into a discussion about church or something along those lines and they will always say to me, “I love God Lydia, don’t get me wrong- I just hate religion.” So I pondered this. I like closure to all thingsContinue reading “For the ‘Jesus is My Homeboy’ Religion Haters”

Determining the Speed of Change

“A large church staff determines the direction of change. The laity determine the speed of change. The negotiation process between the two will determine the health of the church.” -Shane L. Bishop, Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, Illinois

Outlasting Push-Back

I have been the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since July 1, 1997. In this time we have grown from just over 200 per weekend to well over 1,700. We are constantly engaged in the economy of change and have found that change brings with it both growth and discontinuity. TheContinue reading “Outlasting Push-Back”

United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the United Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the United Methodist church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s.  It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism.  In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call myContinue reading “United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)

Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists) History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift. In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet have changed theContinue reading “Educated to Succeed (In a World that No Longer Exists)”

Breaking 400 is Hard to Do

Breaking Four Hundred Shane L. Bishop It was 1998. The E-mail was an SOS. “Could anyone point me to some churches that were running in the 200’s a few years ago and are running over 400 now?” To say the list was short would be an understatement. As ChristChurch has grown through the years, IContinue reading “Breaking 400 is Hard to Do”