Month: August 2009

How Badly Do We Really Want It?

Following a recent conversation about “growing the church,” I realized that the church we want to grow bears a striking resemblance to the church we already have… and to the church model made popular by the conservative evangelical movement of the late 20th century.  A dozen different entrepreneurial pastors described […]

A More Prayermissive Society

Various recent studies and articles note an upswing in the practice of prayer in American culture.  Must be a good thing, right?  More prayer, more devotion to God?  More prayer, more kindness and compassion in the world?  More prayer, more attention to God’s will?  Not so much.  The increase in prayer […]

Safe Church 2009

I got a heartbreaking email today.  I know it is sincere.  I know it is well meant.  I know it is representative of a large group of today’s United Methodist believers.  What I believe… let me reiterate, it is my belief… is that it is an opinion grounded in fear […]

Creating a Type III Church

In college, I learned an incredibly important lesson about problem solving and planning.  It involved errors, and four main types of errors we make but are often unaware of.  A Type I error involves applying a good solution to the right problem, not getting the expected result, and abandoning the […]

Bipolar Church

bipolar — characterized by opposite extremes, as two conflicting political philosophies When I began doing congregational consulting in the late 1980s, I made a distinction between two core strategies of healthy churches: growth or mission.  A growth strategy pursues more — more people, more programs, more money, more building, more […]

30 Minute Expertise (Event-gelism)

How long does radical transformation take?  What is a reasonable time frame for the development, first of competency, then of mastery?  Put another way, how long would it take you to become Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods?  Think you could reach mastery by attending a weekend retreat or a one […]