Browsing articles in "Culture"
Apr
26
2012

Developing a Welcoming Church Culture

Go Away

On Tuesday I shared a little bit of what I look for in a church that calls itself “welcoming”.  Today I want to share some of what I have seen at churches that are successfully creating a welcoming culture.  Looking at the churches that do this well there is a great deal of diversity in worship style, demographics, and affiliations.  What makes these churches effective is having an intentionally developed a sense of empowerment and […]

Apr
24
2012

What Makes A Welcoming Church?

Go Away

In the church world we spend a great deal of time talking about being “welcoming”.  Every Sunday morning we try our hardest to put our best foot forward in order to present an image of our churches that makes visitors, and regular attenders, feel at ease. Over the last couple of decades there have been too many conferences, books, and seminars to count on this topic… yet churches are still struggling to do this well. […]

Apr
19
2012

Guest Post: A Parable for Church Leaders

gym membership

This week is going to be a little different at Church Thought.  I am currently finishing up an eBook based on the church planting series, and preparing to head to Exponential (let’s connect!) next week.  In order to maintain a degree of sanity, I have asked a few friends to share their wisdom with us this week. Wade Hodges is a speaker, author, and story teller.  Having planted a church and pastored an existing church, Wade shares his wisdom […]

Apr
17
2012

Guest Post: When Belonging Feels Impossible

belonging

This week is going to be a little different at Church Thought.  I am currently finishing up an eBook based on the church planting series, and preparing to head to Exponential (let’s connect!) next week.  In order to maintain a degree of sanity, I have asked a few friends to share their wisdom with us this week. Today, Ed Cyzewski shares some of his story with us.  Ed is an author, freelancer, Flyers fan (no one is perfect), and […]

Apr
11
2012

He Loved God and He Loved People

candles

Over the weekend I was struck by the obituary of James S. Herr.  Herr was the man behind Herr’s Potato Chips, a company that he founded in 1966.  Having sampled more than a few of his products through the years, the Herr name caught my eye… but what really struck me was how he was described in the obituary: Mr. Herr’s death at his West Nottingham Township home marked the passing of a man described […]

Mar
19
2012

New Engines, Warranties, and Church Relationships

truck repair

In a few weeks, my F-150 will turn five years old.  It has been a good five years, and I love my truck.  It has served me well, it still looks good, and Theresa calls it Wally.  Recently the truck has been a little under the weather… the engine was knocking, the brake light was going on and off, and it misfired while on the Long Island Expressway (I assure you, this was not one […]

Feb
27
2012

Is Your Rally Cry Current?

cheering crowd

I am a fan of the Washington Capitals. I have loved the Capitals since before the Alex Ovechkin bandwagon, and I know that regardless of how well they look during the NHL’s regular season, that my heart will end up being broken in the playoffs.  My Capitals’ fandom makes buying Christmas and Birthday presents for me easy, and often times I will receive tickets to see the Capitals play when they are in town.  My […]

Feb
8
2012

Panic! At the Pharmacy, or It IS Your Fault

Eyes above the counter

Yesterday afternoon I went to the local pharmacy to pick up a prescription.  Being the beginning of the year, and all the changes in health insurance, it was a little hectic, and communication between the pharmacists and the counter staff were a little strained.  While searching for my prescription there was a little bit of heated dialogue between the two groups, and no one seemed to know where my items were.  I was told by a lady […]

Feb
2
2012

A Millennial’s View of the Church: Moving Forward

warning sign

On Tuesday I shared some of the discussion that I had with one of my former students about his experience with the church over the past decade.  The conversation was triggered by a post on the cooperation between the churches in Portland, and the city’s openly gay mayor. My motivation for writing the original post was not to beat up on the church, but to encourage the church to take responsibility for the reputation that […]

Jan
31
2012

A Millennial’s View of the Church: The Warning Cry

warning sign

A few weeks ago I shared about a partnership between the City of Portland and the churches in that city.  Shortly after posting the original article, a former student of mine and I struck up a conversation about that article, and some of his experience over the last few years.  His story is heartbreaking to me, and should be to the church as a whole, as he has found it necessary to step away from the church […]

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