The Summer Slump!

Churches and para-church ministries are notorious for promoting the “summer slump.” Most do not do it intentionally it just happens.  Ministries slow down or taper off, choirs take a break, Sunday School teachers and Small Group Leaders look for opportunities to rest, church members opt for the links, the beach...

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FIVE WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CHURCH

It’s so easy ANY Christian can do it!  It’s not rocket science and it does not involve a steep learning curve.  The major requirement is a heart for God and a love for people.  That’s it plain and simple.  Our love for God and for people should be the hallmark...

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The Left Foot of Fellowship

When is it okay, if ever, to ask someone to leave a local church and not to return? I mean, after all, the church is a place for sinners, its Christ’s church and not ours, and we are supposed to be in the business of “reaching out” not pushing or...

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AMAZING GRACIE!

“How sweet the sound,” indeed! Gracie Schram is a fifteen (15) year old singer / songwriter that kept an audience of over nine hundred (900) teenagers locked-in and fully engaged for her entire presentation. When she finished she received a standing ovation.  All she did was share her love for...

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HOW TO KILL LAITY!

Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” The church of Jesus Christ is called to exhibit, exude, and express life. Tell me then, why are so many of our churches so dog-gone dead?  I have served a wide variety of churches and I...

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How To Kill Clergy

Eileen meant well, she was just misinformed! She thought that the Church had hired me to do the work of ministry.  Almost every congregation I have ever served has had an “Eileen” or an “Ernest.”  They believe that you pay the preacher and that he or she is responsible to...

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Business is Booming!

Dr. Vance P. Ross, former Associate General Secretary for the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, is fond of saying that every church should ask two recurring questions: 1. “What is our business?” 2. “How is business?” Jesus was great at vision casting.  He told the Disciples who he was,...

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SNOW CREAM!

We were living in rural Arkansas.  My parents were dirt poor share-croppers.  The house we lived in had no insulation, no running water, and you could literally see daylight through the cracks in the building.  When winter came we were miserable! Our bedroom, the “boy’s room,” held two standard sized...

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