The Most Important Rule

If a thoughtful person came to you and asked, “What is the most important precept in your church?” what would you say? I’m guessing you would roll through your memory and quickly land on Matthew 22:36-40. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

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Vision

“Vision casting” is a fascinating term associated with leadership — especially church leadership. So what does the “casting” part mean anyway? Is that like something done in a forge or in a fishing boat? Perhaps we know what it is without a precise definition because it is attached to the noun vision. People talk about doing it but I think

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Out Reach or In Suck?

Are we better at “Out Reach” or “In Suck?” Or perhaps neither?   Some are now eschewing (now there is an old word) the word “outreach.” It seems we gave up on the word “evangelism” some time ago. And we never liked the word the bad guys use in discussion of our efforts — “proselytization.”   We took our eye

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Poet?

Naw, I’ve never written much poetry. But here is one poem I did write over a decade ago. The Box In the box there is safety; There are limits; there is rest. It is there the definitions Make most sense from the box next.   Most folks choose a box for safety. It gives clarity, clock and pay. It is

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Secret Sunday Shopper Report

The following is a consulting report developed for one church. The identity of the church and individuals is masked. This church is a large church with two services. The town in which the church is located is small. Disclaimer Our first-hand observations are anecdotal and may not be representative of how others would find things. Bear in mind that we

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