Church & Culture
8 Reasons Churches Should Partner with Secular Community Groups
How can we reach our communities if they have no idea we love them? And how will they know we love them if we don’t work alongside them?

Our church used to partner exclusively with other Christian ministries. For everything from missions to community service.

Before that, we would only partner with ministries in our denomination.

Today, while we still only partner with Christian groups for missions (can’t ...

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Church Leadership
Pastor, Be Careful the Snapshots You Bring Home from Church
When things are going badly at the church, it can be hard on the pastor. But it’s often harder on our spouse.
Pastor, Be Careful the Snapshots You Bring Home from Church
Garrett

Recently, I was in a roomful of pastors when one of them said “Pastoral ministry can be harder on our spouses than on us.”

Every head in the room nodded in silent agreement.

Then someone asked “why”?

Here are some of the reasons we discovered that evening. ...

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Small Church Ministry
10 Essential Ingredients for Running an Effective Small Church Internship
If your church wants to invest in the next generation of ministers, a ministerial internship is a great way to do it.
10 Essential Ingredients for Running an Effective Small Church Internship
Farley Roland Endeman | Flickr

Small church internships have a lot to offer both the intern and the church.

But they have to be done right. If not, they’re a nightmare.

For over a dozen years, our small church has operated a successful internship ministry. Here are ten essential lessons we’ve learned, ...

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Church Growth
The Folly of Trying to Measure Success In Christ’s 'First Shall Be Last' Kingdom
We need to measure what we can manage, but let’s not fall into the trap of thinking we have more control than we do.
The Folly of Trying to Measure Success In Christ’s 'First Shall Be Last' Kingdom
Antony Mayfield | Flickr

We don’t measure the things that matter.

We measure the things we manage.

One of the unquestioned premises of the church growth movement is that when something matters to us, we measure it. So we count things like church attendance in an attempt to measure a church’s ...

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Church & Culture
We Can Whine About the New Generation or Worship with Them – But We Can’t Do Both
We need to remember how devalued we felt when previous generations told us our music was too loud, our clothing was silly and our questions were inappropriate.
We Can Whine About the New Generation or Worship with Them – But We Can’t Do Both
Kate Haskell | Flickr

Why don’t people wear their Sunday Best for church any more?

A lot of older churchgoers (that is, my generation) seem to be worried about that lately.

I’d like to respond to that question with a couple of my own.

When did the members of my generation become such old ...

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Church Growth
Is Church Growth a Solution Looking for a Problem?
The apostles addressed a broad range of church issues, but no New Testament writer ever told a church to get bigger.
Is Church Growth a Solution Looking for a Problem?
Corrine Brown | Flickr

We’ve invested a lot into the art and science of church growth in the last 50 years.

It makes me wonder. After such a massive output of time, energy, research and money, have we become like the proverbial man with a hammer who sees everything as a nail?

Is that why church ...

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Small Church Ministry
Jesus Didn’t Wake Up this Morning Depressed By the Size of Your Church
Mondays can be tough for pastors of struggling churches. But Christ is with you. And he has good news.
Jesus Didn’t Wake Up this Morning Depressed By the Size of Your Church
Ed | Flickr

Was yesterday a tough Sunday, pastor?

Again?

You did everything you know to do.

You prepared, prayed and studied all week long.

A couple days ahead of time, you got in touch with volunteers to remind them this was their Sunday to teach, sing, usher, and so on.

You arrived early, ...

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