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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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

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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

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