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 […]

Oct
22
2010

Do you believe?

Jeff Brooks writes a lot of good, quick hitting stuff about fundraising for non-profits.  I have enjoyed following his blog for the last several months and while it is primarily about raising funds for the secular non-profit world, much of what he writes is appropriate for the church world as well.  A few weeks back, he asked readers “Do you believe in your cause?” The entry talks about organizations who have a give first rule […]

Oct
21
2010

Church Plants and Elders

solo journey

Bob Thune has two great posts on elders and church plants over at The Resurgance Blog.  Bob brings up something that many times is glossed over when planning out how to begin a church: when and who to install as elders and what to do about accountability when you don’t have elders in place. Church planting can be a lonely place, you spend a great deal of time working to start something from scratch based […]

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
19
2010

The Marks of a Great Leader

statue

Think back to some of the great leaders that you have worked with through the years.  Think of names, think of faces, think ofpersonalities.  What made them great?  How were they similar? Tony Schwartz recently blogged for Fast Company on what makes great leaders similar.  Schwartz boiled it down to four capacities that a great leader has that most are lacking: Rather than simply trying to get more out of us, great leaders seek to […]

Oct
19
2010

Churches and Healthcare

sthethoscope

John Butler recently wrote an article for Church Executive Magazine that runs through how the health care changes that are currently in process could affect the local church.  In the article he lists a few things that may affect how your church handles staff health care: No lifetime or annual cover age limits Extension of dependent cover age up to age 26 Coverage for preventive health services without any cost-sharing requirements Mandated specific patient protections […]

Oct
18
2010

Is Your Church Lying?

pinochio

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 […]