The Emotionally Healthy Youth Pastor

For the past 2.5 years my job has shifted from being a youth pastor to being a cheerleader, encourager, and fan of youth workers around the country. And, not surprisingly, I’ve bumped into a lot of youth workers with a shared story. Careers flopping. Getting fired. Financial struggles. And marriages crumbing. As you’d expect during…… Continue reading The Emotionally Healthy Youth Pastor

Cool book for small groups

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0QOvztXtGU Earlier this year I posted a review of Tony’s Jones book about the Didache. I’m still thinking about this book and its effects on community life. So take this as a random recommendation. If you’re in an adult small group and you are looking for a book to get your group talking about what…… Continue reading Cool book for small groups

10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to Public Schools

I have a fervent belief that if we want to reach a post-Christian society, we have to be Good News before someone will listen to Good News. I asked some teachers, “How could a local church be Good News to your public school?” Here are 10 of their ideas. Create a team that participates at…… Continue reading 10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to Public Schools

Listen to the Right People

Focus on transforming the people you have. The people in your church already have access to the people you want to reach. A popular speaker says, “You need to focus more on reaching than keeping.” That phrase shocks me. It sounds brilliant but is incredibly rude. Do you want to go to that church? I…… Continue reading Listen to the Right People

10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to the Neighborhood

I have a fervent belief that if we want to reach a post-Christian society, we have to be Good News before someone will listen to Good News. Here are 10 ways you can begin transforming your church into a place where Good News flows from: If you have a building, offer a public bathroom and…… Continue reading 10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to the Neighborhood

Boring Old Church

Perhaps the reason your church isn’t growing is because you are boring? Your church is boring. Your faith is boring. The Jesus you’re presenting is boring. People’s faith isn’t challenged by your ability to keep them busy. It is transformed when they are sent out to do God’s work in their daily life. The last…… Continue reading Boring Old Church

Why would giving more offerings to the poor change the community?

Yesterday, I received this comment on the post The Goal of the Staffless Church. I think that the comment is representative of a lot of people’s opinions, and I wanted to report the comment as well my response for the purpose of discussion. Pete’s comment: I get what you’re saying and where you’re coming from,…… Continue reading Why would giving more offerings to the poor change the community?