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”

Exactly as I Remember It Orders

We are taking orders for copies of “Exactly As I Remember It” numbering 50 or more this week.  Thanks for the orders we received today.  We will have them delivered by the release date of December 3.  Information on orders of less than 50 will be available very soon!   For more information contact: remember.books@gmail.comContinue reading “Exactly as I Remember It Orders”

Book Signing at Christ Church December 1

The Christ Church Bookstore will be having a Christmas Open House Party, Saturday December 1st from 2-5 pm.  Children’s activities begin at 2:30.  Reverend Shane’s book, Exactly As I Remember It, will be for sale for the very first time and he will be signing books from 3:00-5:00 pm. We will also have live music from JeffContinue reading “Book Signing at Christ Church December 1”

Exactly As I Remember It…

The great thing about doing “Exactly As I Remember It” has been writing the kind of book I wanted to write. It feels a bit like “The Andy Griffith Show” in an “American Idol” world but I hope there is still a place in this world for something warm, honest, decent and funny. -Shane Bishop

Exactly as I Remember it… Excerpt VI

My paternal grandfather’s name was Halan Laverne Bishop.  He died before I was born.  He named his only son Fredrick Laverne Bishop.  For some reason, Laverne II dropped the “e” and named his only son Shane Lavern Bishop (that is me).  They tell me Laverne used to be a guy or girl’s name but thenContinue reading “Exactly as I Remember it… Excerpt VI”

Serving Up Stories for Thanksgiving

The most important thing you will serve this Thanksgiving is not the turkey you will place on your table…it is the stories you tell. Do a little digging and work on your family stories at least as hard as you do on the dressing and cranberry sauce   Tell your family stories to your children and children’sContinue reading “Serving Up Stories for Thanksgiving”

Andy the Janitor Remembers

“Remember” is one of my favorite English words.  It is a much bigger word than its diminutive synonyms like “recall” or “recollect.”  For me, remember is best thought of as the antonym of “dismember.”  To dismember is to tear apart; to remember is to put back together.  Andy was the custodian at Christ Church duringContinue reading “Andy the Janitor Remembers”

Expect More Out of Members

People do not join a church to see how little they can do, how sparingly they can give or how minimum an impact they can make for Jesus Christ.   They join in hopes of giving their lives away to something greater than themselves.  A great church consists of highly committed people willing to sacrificeContinue reading “Expect More Out of Members”

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”