Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the  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 my own and myContinue reading “Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”

Simmering the Stress (of church leadership)

Simmering the Stress (of church leadership) Some years ago (when I was still “young-ish”) my health was in a rapidly declining state.  Christ Church was moving from 400 in worship each weekend toward 750 and it was literally killing me.  Our staff was a mess, the congregation was in flux and I was doing theContinue reading “Simmering the Stress (of church leadership)”

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”