7 WAYS TO OVERCOME CHURCH BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

I’ve been in 843 church buildings – or something like that. I’ve seen some good and bad.  And no matter what, it’s always a challenge. Congregations are formed by their buildings, to some extent.  If your sanctuary is formal, the congregation typically begins to lean that way.  If the sanctuary is more informal, the congregation … Read more

IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT GENERATION Z

Those born between 1997 and 2012 are called Generation Z. Like other generations, they take what is passed down to them, mix it with their own historic and cultural experiences, and out comes their unique take on life and their contribution to the world. Since both of my kids fall into this age group, I … Read more

MORE THAN A STEPPING STONE – STUDENT MINISTRY IS IMPORTANT

“When will you become a real pastor?” Student ministry leaders often hear that question. Too often, we treat the role like a stepping stone to a “real” ministry leadership role. But full-time student ministry leaders are important. Student ministry leaders face pressures, especially those in full-time roles, which are currently dwindling in the church – … Read more

TWO IMPORTANT REASONS FOR TAKING A WEEKLY SABBATH

The pendulum has swung back again. I noticed more major businesses becoming more generous with time off for employees this past Christmas Season. I’m not sure if it’s because Chick-Fil-A has been so successful staying closed on Sundays or if the pandemic has added a new lens with which to view simplicity. Not only did … Read more