I’m Done “Growing the Church”

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Announcements, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons, Society at Large | 53 comments

Yes, you read that right. I’m done. No more outreach strategies to fill the pews. No more ideas to draw young people. No more switching out the hard stuff for lighter fare in hopes that we will appeal to a larger audience. No more “growing the church.” It seems that every time I sit down to think of ways to lead people to Jesus, I find a new way to “align a program” or “bring focus to an issue” —...

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Change the World

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Announcements, Economics, General Rant, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

What if one weekend all around the world, 11 million United Methodists focused on finding sustainable solutions to fighting malaria? A few years ago, Rev. Mike Slaughter began to lead his congregation in an effort to make a difference in their community. Oddly, there’s not much malaria in Pennsylvania where Mike pastors. Mike leads the congregation at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church. But there are some folks living together in...

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Two Tsunamis

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Announcements, General Rant, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are dying. Every last one of us. One inescapable fact of life is that everyone dies. “One out of one,” is the way it was put to me. But what happens when an entire generation begins to die? What happens when that generation is larger than normal? What happens to the institutions made up of these people? The short answer is a little terrifying. And that’s where the United Methodist Church finds itself when the calendar pages...

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Mutual Advisory Panel

Posted by on Mar 21, 2010 in Announcements, General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Main | 0 comments

We met for the first time today–20 folks who have dedicated themselves to meeting for an hour a week for the next year. And it was great. We had our first conversation around the topic of “What it will take to grow beyond 200 members.” We began with a simple question: What are we not doing yet, here at Trinity, that we really should be doing? We talked about welcoming the guest intentionally. We talked about┬ámovement in...

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