Idealism and Realism

One of the difficulties with living is when our ideals come crashing against the rock of reality. That is, I have a dream gets hosed down by the injustices of mediocrity and status quo. I have been walking through the Core Values of our church plant, Christ the...

A Church Planting Weak Link

I last posted on the weak link in church revitalization. I think it’s only fair to discuss a weak link as I have seen them among churches and church planting. These are general impressions and shouldn’t be taken as a brand on any particular church...

A Revitalization Weak Link

If church revitalization is to happen, people must let go of their kingdoms. {Tweet That!} I just got the latest publication from my alma mater with the subject of church revitalization. On page 24, there’s an ominous graph showing the status of Southern Baptist...

Affinity Ministry IN the Diverse Church

Everybody targets a group. I think it’s a little misleading to suggest that it’s actually possible to preach and teach the gospel and just expect that a diverse set of people will come and hear. . . . I’m also a little unsure why you would say that targeting a group...

Church Planting Focus Group Rejoinder

Thanks for bearing with me on having not responding to several of the comments on my last post on “Why Focusing on a Group Is NOT the Way to Build a Church.” Much food for thought. Instead of responding one by one to the comments, I thought their...