Mixed Messages about Money

A friend related the following story to me. “Before I left for church on Sunday, I realized it was the week to make a contribution to the church.  I hadn’t been there all month and it was time to pay my tithe. I wrote the check out ahead of time, showed up...

Top 3 Ways to Avoid Resurrection

Resurrection is the promise of Easter.   The only trouble is no death, no new life!  I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that new life is what I crave! So this Holy Week, I thought I’d share with you the top 3 ways to avoid resurrection: 1.  Refusal...

The 5 Warning Signs of Renewal

Has your church been infected?  If so, you’ll need to know the 5 warning signs of congregational renewal. 1)   Prolonged and increasing bouts of new and creative ministries 2)  Excessive enthusiasm among church leaders 3)  Better communication and less conflict...

A Fresh Look at an Ancient Book

True confession:    I didn’t have a very high expectation of Bible studies when I first started going to church as an adult. I was prejudiced against the word “Bible” itself.   I thought the initials BS in the bulletin stood for, well, B.S. ...

Resolve to Evolve: Do it Wrong!

This week, I bring you the last tip for people of faith who are resolved to evolve in 2014.  In case you missed the previous ones, Tip #1 was  Get Authentic.   Tip #2 was Get to know Jesus, again.  Tip #3 was Be bold! Here’s Tip #4:  Do it Wrong! You heard me...

Ministry: Comfort and Challenge

What kind of ministries does your church engage in?  Are they inner focused or outer focused?  Are they comfort-oriented or challenge-oriented? In order to survive and thrive, churches need a balance of ministries that both support the church itself (inner focused)...