The Awesome Rev. Jones (Navigating Change)

The Awesome Rev. Jones (Navigating Change) All churches think they want to grow but the reality is that they don’t want a “catch so great their nets begins to tear.”  That is hard on everyone.  As God has given Christ Church massive catches over the years, I have discovered four things that are as painfulContinue reading “The Awesome Rev. Jones (Navigating Change)”

Should Pastors Talk Politics?

Should Pastors Talk Politics? Rev. Shane Bishop I am not a real political guy. I think it is Jimmy Carter’s fault. When I was in early-high school Jimmy Carter ran for President. It was the Bi-Centennial and every fire hydrant in DuQuoin, Illinois was painted red, white and blue. Patriotism was surging after sitting outContinue reading “Should Pastors Talk Politics?”

Why I Refuse to be Defined by Social Issues, Current Events or Politics

A few months back I received a letter informing me that the writer wishes our church and its Senior Pastor took more stands on social issues and political positions. I get that, I really do. As I was considering the content of the letter, something struck me. In a day and time when churches andContinue reading “Why I Refuse to be Defined by Social Issues, Current Events or Politics”

Crazy Gospel Math (Prove Me Wrong)

Crazy Gospel Math I sometimes 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 USAmerica that were constructed to seat aboutContinue reading “Crazy Gospel Math (Prove Me Wrong)”

Getting Smaller (to reach more people)

“In 2014 Christ Church became a sociological mega-church.   Now I think we have to get smaller.” Though we average over 2,000 per week in worship, we don’t feel like a mega-church.  Our weekly attendance is the aggregate total of eight worship services of varying sizes held in four locations (nine services in five locations if you count ourContinue reading “Getting Smaller (to reach more people)”

Does the Church Have a Future?

Fifteen years ago everyone was using the word “post-modern.”  Its definition centered upon the premise that the modern world was slowly crumbling (due to the advent of the personal computer) and a jagged new world was slowly emerging from the ashes (riding the momentum of the internet).  The time it would take to get from “thereContinue reading “Does the Church Have a Future?”

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Video Venue

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Video Venue   Christ Church has two video venue satellite campuses.  One is located in a YMCA twelve miles north of the original Fairview Heights Illinois campus and the other is located ten miles south in a primary school.  A third campus is planned for the fallContinue reading “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Video Venue”

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)”