Crises in Our Churches—Two

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In a recent class presentation on ecclesiology, students poured out their discouragement and frustration over the state of their churches. The professor set aside his notes and addressed the issues at hand. He followed up that class session with a series of letters to students, pointing out...

More Churches

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One of the most challenging aspects of Christian leadership today is staying focused on our core mission—the Great Commission—and devoting our efforts to fulfilling strategic goals toward that end. Competing agendas constantly shout for our attention. Focusing our attention on what really...

Making it Work

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Over this past weekend, I attended a men’s ministry meeting at my current church and a worship service at my former church. Being at these church events reminded me it has been more than decade since I have been a racial or cultural majority member of a church. Our former church was a...

Institutional Grief

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When a group of people like a church or a ministry organization experience a shared loss they feel something called institutional grief. This can be any significant loss—like the death of a colleague, the resignation of a beloved pastor, cancellation of ministry gatherings, or any loss situation...

Christmas Creep

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A phrase has been coined to describe the Christmas season expanding earlier and earlier into the Fall—Christmas creep. Despite the objections of a frustrated minority, advertisers, retailers, and entertainment companies are expanding Christmas in response to popular demand. Surveys show most...

Re-opening Your Church

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Some churches, even in the same community, will make different decisions about both the place and methods for re-opening.  We need to support church leaders who are making hard choices, not criticize others for making different choices than we do.  While believers gathering is important, some of...

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