• Stop Trying to Make the Church Cool

    Stop Trying to Make the Church Cool

    Great article from Rachel Held Evans in the Washington Post: I do not want to be the target of anyone’s marketing. I want to be asked to participate in the life of an ancient-future community… Read more  Read More »
  • Upgrading Your Space by Moving Out

    Upgrading Your Space by Moving Out

    Many churches are wrestling with space that has outlived its expiration date. Designed for a previous era, it becomes a constant distraction from the work of ministry. Alongside the issues with an outdated space arise the issues of a church whose visibility in the community has likewise expired. If your church rarely sees a guest […]Read More »
  • The Inspiration Tool in Your Purse

    The Inspiration Tool in Your Purse

    The gospel is all about good news. But we live in an “If it bleeds, it leads” world. Even in the church, the communications streams are filled with “Ten Reasons Why What You Are Doing Doesn’t Work Anymore,” or “Twelve Reasons Why People Don’t Like Your Church.” I’m sure it is all well-intentioned, but it […]Read More »
  • Will You be the One in 200 Who Gives Jack a Chance?

    Will You be the One in 200 Who Gives Jack a Chance?

    All people are gifted and talented. Churches rise and fall based on whether they make a space for those gifts and talents to be used for the love of people and the love of God. I’ve been privileged to meet some incredibly gifted young people who found the church that made a space for them. […]Read More »
  • Loving the Lonely with a Laundry Ministry

    Loving the Lonely with a Laundry Ministry

    Richard Beck posted a great story on the Experimental Theology Blog about creating a great “Third Space” in a laundromat a couple of miles from their church. ….A lot of people feel intimidated walking into a church. A third space, it was hoped, would be a non-religious place where relationships with neighbors could be formed. A […]Read More »
  • How to Measure Discipleship

    How to Measure Discipleship

    The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. How can we know whether we are achieving the mission unless we measure discipleship? How can we measure discipleship? Geoff Surratt suggests that churches take a short lesson from Willow Creek and survey the congregation […]Read More »
  • From Endless Loop to Abundant Life

    From Endless Loop to Abundant Life

    Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news[a] of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”   Mark 1:14b-15 Most human behavior is habitual. We thrive, in part, because so much of what we do requires no conscious thought. We merely […]Read More »
  • Recovering the Tabernacle – Sanctifying The Coffee Shop

    Recovering the Tabernacle – Sanctifying The Coffee Shop

    A pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day. When the people of Israel were wandering in the desert, they carried their tabernacle with them.  God’s presence went with them to every stopping point along the way. Likewise, when immigrant people scattered across North America, the Methodists sent circuit riders to […]Read More »
  • Conversation on Social Media for the Church

    Conversation on Social Media for the Church

    Mary Wood Brown and Adam Briddell join Steve James for a conversation on using Social Media for the church.Read More »