Preaching the Hard Stuff

I am currently preaching a sermon series called “TEN.”  It is an eleven week look at the Ten Commandments (yea, I know) from the vantage point of the Gospel.  As each week has gone by, excitement has been building for my treatment of the Seventh Commandment, “Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery.”  I must admit thatContinue reading “Preaching the Hard Stuff”

How to Keep Your Church Growing (Once You Get it Growing)

  The growth curve in weekend worship at Christ Church since 1997 has truly been remarkable.  We have moved from just over 200 per weekend to over 2,200 and in doing so, have grown steadily each year.  We have never had a 25% jump in attendance (so much for making the 100 Fastest Growing Churches list)Continue reading “How to Keep Your Church Growing (Once You Get it Growing)”

Ten Things Pastors Think are True (that I don’t think are true)

I like Social Media. I really do. Over the course of a day I can keep up with huge numbers of people in the time it would take to complete a single phone call. I also like the fact that people read my stuff and listen to my sermons while I am doing other things.Continue reading “Ten Things Pastors Think are True (that I don’t think are true)”

We Don’t Need Volunteers (We Need Ministers)

Every February at Christ Church we hold a conference called “Navigating Change.”  Our best attended break-out sessions always involve “finding volunteers” in some way, shape or form.  All churches of all sizes are always looking for more volunteers and are hungry to learn how to find them!  Surely we need “laborers for the harvest” butContinue reading “We Don’t Need Volunteers (We Need Ministers)”

It isn’t always the devil… (but sometimes it is)

When is it a Spiritual Attack?   Identifying Spiritual Attack Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)  12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Mark 9:28-29 (KJV)  28 And when he was come intoContinue reading “It isn’t always the devil… (but sometimes it is)”

When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust”

Every month I balance my checking account on Quicken.  Well, I sort of balance my checking account.  I am usually within a hundred dollars one way or the other (except for last month and possibly the one before that…) and I have zero interest in getting down to the penny if I am that close. Continue reading “When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust””

Why Pastors HAVE to tithe…HAVE to

Here is the deal.  Pastors have to tithe…they have to.  I know many pastors don’t but you simply have to tithe if you are going to lead a church.  And you need to tithe to your current church.  The one whose name is on your pay check.  Give your offerings anywhere you want but titheContinue reading “Why Pastors HAVE to tithe…HAVE to”

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church? I often get the opportunity these days to help pastors and congregations think about growth.  Here is a formula I use when I consult.  Take your sanctuary capacity; multiply it by .75 and double it.  That is your target.  I see a lot of churches in USAmericaContinue reading “Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?”