Where are the Sirens?

I learn a lot from guys like Thom Rainer and Ed Stetzer. I read this post this morning. You should read it too since you care about the subject. Why Dying Churches Die His points are bang on. Now the solution is to find corrective measures for the six points he makes. I read yesterday that attendance at the 47,000

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Attractional [Yuck!]

I just don’t like the word “attractional” when it comes to church. It is not that I think anything about church should be unattractive. It should be the most attractive, warm, engaging and inspirational place in the community. But … Jesus said, “Go!” not “Attract!” Go Not Attract When “Attract!” is a substitute for “Go!” a church is in the

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Three Uncomfortable Truths

I don’t like being uncomfortable and I am guessing you don’t either. I don’t like mosquito bites and many other irritants. But when I get past my selfish pet peeves there are lots of more important things that make me uncomfortable about eternal things and Christians. So here is a bit of a rant. Maybe some of these items make

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Written Words and Power

Everyone writes something sometime. Even if it is simply a shopping list or a birthday card or notes at a meeting, everyone writes. The Commitment Writing something down is a commitment. When you decide to let it flow from the end of your fingers you are making a commitment. Every word written is a choice to eliminate all the other

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The Grip

I remember my mother saying, “Convice a man against his will / And he is of the same opinion still!” It usually came out after a frustrating disagreement with my father. Not like that happened too regularly. She had a point. People don’t change their grip on things easily. Let’s think about that. Argumentation may win an argument but it

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A Culture Breakfast Menu

Churches, and may I say most church consultants, are hung up on strategy. Strategy isn’t the enemy but culture is the issue. However culture is not about cool. We have spent our wad on cool. You know: the music, the videos, the dress, the vocabulary etc. All good. Should be perpetually adjusted as society evolves. But culture runs deeper. And

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