Innovative Ministry

#BestOf2013: Tired of the Show – Hollywood, the Church & the End of the Competition

There’s a growing concern that the church needs to do a better job than we’ve been doing, or we’ll lose the next generation. The good news is that this has been the concern of every generation, yet the church continues to live and thrive.

The bad news is we will lose this generation and the next one (at least) unless we do one thing.

Stop competing with Hollywood (and with other churches) and start doing the Bible stuff better.

#BestOf2013: The #1 Leadership Key to Spark Innovation in a Small Church

If you want to increase your chances of working with innovators who need guidance, instead of heel-draggers who need motivation, this is the best piece of advice I can give you. I now consider it to be one of my main roles as a church leader.

Find a way to say “Yes”.

Yes to people. Yes to their crazy ideas. Yes to their passion. Yes to something God may be trying to do through them that I just can’t see yet.

“Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Service” May Be Killing Your Church

“Sit back, relax and enjoy the service” may be one of the most dangerous sentences ever uttered in church.

It sits side-by-side on the bad idea shelf with “Let’s erect a building and tell people they have to come here if they want to worship Jesus.”

I expect to hear promises of great customer service in a restaurant, on an airplane or in a movie theater. But the idea that church is a place where we pay others to do ministry as we sit passively, consuming and passing judgment on the product being offered may be the greatest single reason for the anemia of the modern, western church.

The church is not a customer-service-based business. We’re a community for life-transformation. But, like the monkey stubbornly clinging to the apple on the other side of the cage, we’ll never free ourselves to be biblically active communities for life-transformation until we let go of our passive, consumer-driven mindset.

Adapt Or Die: 6 Ways to Create a Change Culture In Your Church

Because of our size, Small Churches are more capable of changing than our larger counterparts. Here are 6 steps many innovative Small Churches have taken to bake change into the core of who they are.

Your Church’s Mission Statement: Do It First, Write It Later

Writing a mission statement should be one of the last things a church does, not one of the first. The only real hope that a church will follow through on their mission statement is if it’s based on what the church is already doing.

5 Problems With Top-Down Vision-Casting – And a New Testament Alternative

Have we been doing vision-casting wrong? I think so. For maybe a generation or more. I was at a church conference not long ago where the leader spent all his time trying to convince the assembled leadership team to get behind his vision for the group. They like the leader, but very few of the …

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Small Churches Are Not a Problem, a Virtue or an Excuse

I refuse to idealize Small Churches. There’s not an ounce of nostalgia in me for some long-lost, non-existent, good-old-days when everyone attended a little white chapel and all was right with the world. In fact, one of the unwritten rules we follow regarding the photos for NewSmallChurch.com is No Little White Chapels Allowed. (I guess …

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