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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Repost: Church Metrics are Bad? Does Not Compute.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Society at Large | 0 comments

Logic seems to have failed some of us Methodists — probably because we aren’t Vulcans, or something like that. United Methodists all over the blogosphere and twitterverse are posting and tweeting logical fallacies right and left, mostly in the area of the recent Call to Action initiative that will be addressed at General Conference in just a few days. [The measure failed miserably, as did many of the resolutions that could not be...

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Young Disciples Are Ready

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Society at Large | 0 comments

I’m a big believer in Confirmation. Theologically, it is vital to any denomination that embraces Infant Baptism, and I certainly do. Practically, it is a time when youth and their parents can really begin to take hold of the concepts of discipleship. That’s why I met with my new church’s most recent batch of confirmands today. I missed out on the biggest class the church has ever seen by a few weeks, so I felt it a priority to...

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