Beyond Regathering: Ministry in the New World
Who moved the cheese? In his book Who Moved My Cheese, Dr. Spencer Johnson describes the difficulty of change in any organization. His tells a story about a maze, cheese, mice, and change. The maze is built just for the mice, and they got used to where the cheese was placed within the maze. When […]
5 Strategies for Building Strong Relationships Between your Church and Community
“A Church in the Community for the Community.” That was the slogan of a church where I served as pastor. We wanted the community to be able to identify with us. The desire was not to just be a fixture or monument in the area or seen as a building without any significant impact or importance. Our church wanted to be a […]
Getting Your Groups Back and Better than Before
It started back in March 2020. We were pressing into getting our worship online or perfecting our online worship, and figuring out how to pass the offering plate without using one. Churches and leaders were creative and innovative, demonstrating their ability to rise to the occasion. While this energy was spent well in these areas […]
Watershed Discipleship: During COVID-19 and Beyond
“As believers engage in multiple layers of ministry, you will see a higher rate of connection, stronger commitment, and deeper levels of spiritual maturity. Providing a balanced framework of ministry opportunities is crucial to grow and sustain a healthy church.” Discipleship Perseverance in COVID-19 To have James 1:3 perseverance from testing our faith, we need […]
How Does Evangelism Change After We Regather?
What happened? There I was in 1972 … with long hair and no waist, listening to 8-track tapes and wearing bellbottom jeans. Phones had long cords and rotary dials. You could cruise town all night in a brand new Ford Pinto ($2,000) because gas cost only $.55 a gallon. And we all plunked down $1 for the […]
5 Steps to Gain More From Your Message Series
During COVID-19, there was a good deal of experimentation with small groups. There were groups meeting through Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, Facebook, Zoom, and other forms of media. What was extremely interesting was not the medium through which they gathered, but rather the content that drove their meetings. There was a great deal of traction gained […]
Seniors Returning: What Does the Future Hold?
Almost one-third of Southern Baptist church attendees are seniors over the age of 65. Some can’t wait to get back to worship, their group, and their places of service. Others want to come back; but due to their current situation, they simply cannot or will not. Church leaders are pondering the best way to help […]