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Nov
1
2010

The Numbers Game

Outreach Cover

I have a secret. I generally dread going to pastor conferences. I enjoy the teaching, and I love the chance to meet new people and connect with old friends. I enjoy getting free stuff (I mean, who doesn’t?) and seeing what is going on in other parts of Christendom. What bothers me is the numbers game that seems to be played way to much at some of these conferences. Take for example the most recent […]

Oct
28
2010

Tim Keller on reaching cities

Tim Keller

What if we put aside our banners that identified us as Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, or Anglican?  What if we stopped trying to add numbers to our “tribe” and instead started working towards adding to the Kingdom… regardless of what banner people pick up after joining? I love the way that Keller thinks through things… what do you think? Tim Keller Argues For Churches In Cities [Lausanne] from Kenny Jahng on Vimeo.

Oct
27
2010

Are you interesting?

Changing leaves

Seth Godin’s blog from Tuesday has had me thinking: How media changes politics If you want to get elected in the US, you need media. When TV was king, the secret to media was money. If you have money, you can reach the masses. The best way to get money is to make powerful interests happy, so they’ll give you money you can use to reach the masses and get re-elected. Now, though…When attention is […]

Oct
26
2010

Smile!

Smile!

The internet is funny.  As I was plowing through my morning reading I came across an article called The Art of Smiling.  I will save you the time of reading the article: the author suggests that there is no art to smiling, you just do it.  I have been mulling over the article all morning because I think that we sometimes can overlook what a smile communicates. A genuine eye-crinkling smile can do more to […]

Oct
20
2010

Loving your city starts with knowing your city…

neighborhood park

A while back I was having lunch with a group of pastors who served in churches from the local area.  Over the course of lunch thetypical small talk happened and I found myself asking different pastors to tell me about the neighborhoods that where they served.  I walked away from the lunch surprised and disappointed by the fact that of the six or so pastors that I asked, only one could speak intelligently about the neighborhood […]

Oct
18
2010

Is Your Church Lying?

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Greg Stier asks a hard question about your church and it’s mission statement over on The Christian Post site.  Greg looks at how so many church vision or mission statements talk about evangelism as a priority… but so few actually follow up on it. Greg suggests a few questions to ask about your church when it comes to placing a priority on evangelism: Have you been equipped by your church to effectively share your faith […]

Oct
18
2010

Albert Haynesworth and Church Staff

team meeting

I am a Redskins fan.  I was born that way, I will die that way.  While growing up Washington Redskins football was a religion in my home, and I was (am?) a fervent disciple.  The recent drama involving Albert Haynesworth has gotten me thinking about building a leadership team for churches, and the different personalities that we need to knit together to develop a team that embraces the calling that is placed upon the local […]