Characteristics of an Ineffective Church

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church 1. A lack of clarity about the mission 2. New Christians are not being made 3. People are not being baptized 4. Evangelism is non-existent 5. Preaching has digressed into self-helps 6. The Bible is not being taught or studied 7. There is no numerical growth 8. There is noContinue reading “Characteristics of an Ineffective Church”

7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry

Are you discouraged in your service to the Lord? It happens to all of us. As much as we would like life to move “up and the right,” we will all endure seasons of feeling inadequate, dejected and downright pessimistic. Sometimes we just want to become 10 years old again and “take our ball andContinue reading “7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry”

Pastors are Not Ministry Mutants

In my early days in ministry, I thought of the Apostle Paul as a Ministry Mutant. He was wholly different than regular people and was Holy Ghost hardwired for the rigors of ministry. This was absurd. By making Paul “nothing like me” I conveniently excused myself from being “anything like Paul.” As long as PaulContinue reading “Pastors are Not Ministry Mutants”

Vision 2020: What I See Coming

Vision 2020: What I See Coming We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change.  You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself.  Many years ago, a wise mentor namedContinue reading “Vision 2020: What I See Coming”

The Unanticipated Upside of Capital Campaigns

 The Unanticipated Upside of Capital Campaigns Let me begin my stating my purpose.  I am not being compensated by a capital campaign company, nor do I “moonlight” for one.  I will make no money off of this article (though I am open to it).  Let’s face it; no one makes money writing anymore. I haveContinue reading “The Unanticipated Upside of Capital Campaigns”

What Kind of Christian am I?

So much is said about Christians and so much is said by Christians these days.  I often read something tweeted or posted by a “Christian” and I think, “I am not that kind of Christian.”  So the other night I spent some time musing the kind of Christian I actually am. Here is what IContinue reading “What Kind of Christian am I?”

Praying for Our Troubled Region (Metro East/St. Louis)

Today I pray for our troubled Metro-East/St. Louis region.  I pray for peace knowing the conditions that lead to peace are not in place. I pray for justice knowing the systems that uphold justice are flawed. I pray for understanding knowing people are far more willing to speak than to listen. I am not lobbyingContinue reading “Praying for Our Troubled Region (Metro East/St. Louis)”

7 Misconceptions about Church (that are killing us)

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 “7 Misconceptions about Church (that are killing us)”

Thoughts on Eighteen Years (in one place)

Thoughts on Eighteen Years at Fairview Heights Christ On July 1 I was appointed by Bishop Jonathan Keaton to year eighteen at what the conference calls “Fairview Heights Christ.” We went by Christ United Methodist Church in the early years and go by Christ Church of late but to the Illinois Great Rivers Annual ConferenceContinue reading “Thoughts on Eighteen Years (in one place)”

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)”