The Power and the Purpose

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Listening Prayer, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Most pastors I know are busy chasing after better ways to lead a congregation, me included. I’m happy to report that I’ve rediscovered the power and the purpose of christian discipleship. And you probably already know exactly what it is and how it works. The problem is in being intentional about it. More about that later. Having looked at a dozen different ways to be a better leader (and that’s just counting the ones that bore...

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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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“Would You Know Him If You Saw Him?”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 1 comment

A couple of days ago, I was at the church when one of our volunteers came by. She was there to pick up a load of toys for the Angel Tree charity we’re supporting this year. With her were six teen-agers, all boys, who were ready to help. As we carried bags out to the trailer, the young man in front of turned around and walked backwards, dragging his bag behind him and in front of me. He looked me square in the eye and asked, “Would...

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It Takes More than Counting the Sheep to Really Wake Up the Church

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blogroll, Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

The  Rev. Jeremy  Smith  at has discovered a method of providing narrative, subjective information to flesh out the cold hard data of Vital Congregations. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it most definitely is something big. Something wonderful, even. For the past year, there’s been a great deal of buzz on the interwebs and throughout the United Methodist denominational structure. The buzz has centered...

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“How Does This Help Us Make Disciples?”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in General Rant | 1 comment

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of excitement from people like Dan Dick and Ben Gosden. Their excitement is rightly generating some excitement within me as well. The cause of the excitement? One simple word: Discipleship. Dan and Ben are both excellent writers. Dan’s edge is experience, and his current mode is “irritated.” Dan has been hearing people talk about discipleship as the mantra for the United Methodist Church...

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