Christian Unity

Opening The Windows Of The Echo Chamber

It’s hard to learn anything new when all you hear is your own voice coming back at you. This is one of the most disheartening aspects of our current cultural climate. So many of us can’t bear to hear anything that doesn’t fit our previously-held worldview. Instead, we retreat into our echo chambers, with social …

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If I Unfriend You, Here’s Why

If you have a hard time fighting for your side without mocking people on the other side, you need to reconsider your argument. It may not be as strong as you think.

First Impressions: 7 Ways To Give Church Guests A Frustration-Free Experience

One of the goals of a good First Impressions team (actually for everyone in the church) is how to make our churches Certified Frustration-Free for those who are unpacking them for the first time. Regular church attenders have grown accustomed to the packaging. If we’ve been around the church for a while, we probably participated …

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14 Observations About The State Of Christian Denominations Today

There are only two forms of the church that ultimately matter. The universal church and the local church. Everything else is an add-on. Including buildings, furniture, styles of music, types of preaching, curriculum, and the subject of today’s article, denominations.

14 Observations About The State Of Christian Denominations Today

There are only two forms of the church that ultimately matter. The universal church and the local church. Everything else is an add-on. Including buildings, furniture, styles of music, types of preaching, curriculum, and the subject of today’s article, denominations.

4 Questions To Consider Before Commenting On A Controversial Subject

Everybody has an opinion. And everyone is entitled to one. But not every opinion is of equal value. Including mine. After having participated in online conversations for several years, including in this blog, I have developed four questions I ask myself before putting my opinion out to others. Online or in person. These are especially …

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6 Takeaways From “The Church Growth Gap” LifeWay Research Survey

Last week, Aaron Earls wrote a very helpful article entitled The Church Growth Gap: The Big Get Bigger While the Small Get Smaller. In it, he outlined the results of a recent survey taken by Lifeway Research. There’s a lot of data in the survey and the article, much of which will take more time to …

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Put People First: Why Many Small Church Pastors Can Spend Less Time On Sermon Prep

In a big church, the pastor will have name-recognition relationships with a very small percentage of the people they’re communicating to on a weekly basis. When you add writing, podcasting and other forms of communication, it’s typical for the pastor of a large church to have a personal relationship with fewer than one percent of …

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Small Churches Are Stuck (But Not The Way You Think)

In a small church, the pastor will know most, if not all of the congregation members personally. Our lives are intertwined. So how does that affect our time management on the weeks when our schedule is especially tight (as in every week for a bivocational pastor)?When a small church pastor has to choose between spending time …

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Pastoral Transition: 7 Signs It May Be The Right Time To Let Go

One year ago this month, I stopped being the lead pastor of our church. This weekend our church will celebrate the one year anniversary of that transition. So, as I think about all that’s happened over the last 12 months, here are 7 reasons we knew it was the right time for a pastoral transition.