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Nov
24
2010

Surviving Church Burn Out: Recognizing the Problem

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Matt note: I have been a fan of Ed Cyzewski’s writing for quite some time.  His blog In a Mirror Dimly has been on my daily reading list for quite some time.  Last week he began writing on ministry burnout, something which I have both seen and experienced in my time serving churches.  Ed has graciously allowed me to repost his series here.  Enjoy. Pastors aren’t the only ones who burn out from church and […]

Nov
22
2010

Missional Mondays: Activities Centric vs. Lifestyle Centric – Playing it out some more

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Like I said in my last post, I’ve been working this idea out recently and it has helped me explain a lot of stuff so I thought I would share it. Over the last three years I’ve had to defend my missional thinking a lot.  What’s been strange is that when I explain it people are usually cool with the theology.  It is the practice they fight with. Believers love talking about how… …God is on a […]

Nov
17
2010

Sabbath, Connections, and getting ready for Christmas

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Early this week I read an article on the disappearance of deep thinking and sacred space over at The 99%.  The message of this post has been floating around in the back of my head ever since.  I suspect that it’s refusal to leave my thoughts has to do with two things: my impending vacation time, and my dread of the Christmas season. I believe that we all know that we all inherently know that we are […]

Nov
15
2010

Missional Mondays: The Evolution of My Missional Thinking

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Matt Note: I am excited to introduce my friend Jeff Elkins to the churchthought community.  You can read a description about Jeff below, but what he doesn’t say is that Jeff flat out thinks well.  You could burn through many hours camped out in a coffee shop talking church with Jeff and come away feeling like you have been drinking from a fire hydrant.  I am honored that Jeff is willing to spend his Monday’s […]

Nov
11
2010

Vitamins, Aspirin, and the Pursuit of the 60%

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Two articles have had me thinking this week. The Christian Post had a story late last week that touched on the speaking of Alan Hirsch saying that the majority of churches in this country are engaging in ministry practices that will engage at most 40% of the local population.  In other worlds, while church planting movements are the sexy new thing in many Christian circles we need to be careful that we are not replanting churches that […]

Oct
25
2010

Is this your website?

I saw this video over at Jeff Brook’s blog.  We have all been on websites that have driven us crazy by giving us information that we do not care about.  In this day and age the people are looking at your church’s website long before they step foot in the front door of your church. What does your church’s website say? Is it easy for visitors to find the information that they want (as opposed […]