Author: Gary V Carter


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 easy to describe To other boxers along the way.   Location, status, title – Especially for a man – The box answers many questions. It’s secure; it defines the plan.   Without a box to stay in Others shudder...

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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 come with a fine-tuned eye and experience things differently than an average first time guest. Our Exact Experience January 26, 2017 We arrived in the area from out of town at about 10:30 am planning to attend the 11:00...

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Small Church

I think there is too much focus on large churches. For example, material on breaking the 200 barrier abounds. But the thing is that 60% of the churches in North America self-report attendance less than 100. And many of them are declining. Breaking any growth barrier is an irrelevant issue until you are at least breaking even let alone in decline. Study this chart if you need to readjust your thinking. Range # of Churches % of Churches Attendance % of People 7 to 99 177,000 59% 9,000,000 25% 100 to 499 105,000 35% 5,000,000 14% 500 to 999...

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What Matters?

Yesterday we buried my brother. He outlived any reasonable life expectancy given that he had a liver transplant over 18 years ago. Mark Anthony from Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar famously said, “I come to bury Ceasar not to praise him.” It is true that I don’t come to praise my brother Gordon — and there was much to give praise about — but Shakespeare got me thinking. The discussion that day was about the nature of Ceasar — now dead. The pundits had various opinions. Anthony says, “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interrèd with their...

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