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The Blessing of Church

October 28, 2021

We have seen many changes over the last year and a half. One of them is the popularization of online worship. Nearly every church is offering or has offered some form of it. This has been a wonderful blessing for many. People who are unable to attend can watch online. People who are homebound or […]

Trusting Communities

September 8, 2021

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rudeā€¦Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5, 7) We live in an age of distrust. We do not trust institutions, and we see this play out in the news almost every […]

What is Church?

August 26, 2021

What is church? This may seem like an unusual thing to ask, but it’s important. The English word church has multiple different meanings. It can refer to a building or a denomination. The word church in the pages of Scripture does not refer to either one of these. The Greek word translated church means “called […]

Is Your Congregation Thriving or Dying?

June 23, 2021

It is no secret that many congregations in America are dying. According to Barna, the number of practicing practicing Christians in America declined from 45% of the population in 2000 to 25% of the populating in 2020. During the pandemic, one out of three practicing Christians stopped attending worship altogether, including online services. COVID-19 has […]

Unless You Become Like Children

May 13, 2021

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matt. 19:13-14) Attendance is down in churches all across America. Midweek […]

4 Things Churches Need to Do Post-COVID

May 3, 2021

Right now is a critical time for churches. Christianity in America was facing challenges before COVID. According to Sam Rainer, “nine out of ten churches in the United States are either declining, or they are growing at a pace that is slower than the community where they are located.” This was from a book published […]

Should Churches Keep Streaming Worship?

April 29, 2021

Last year nearly every church went online. Because churches were unable to gather in person, they used Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, and other digital platforms to stream worship. Now that many churches are meeting in person again, some are asking, “Should we keep streaming our worship online?” The short answer is yes! Let me explain why […]

Four Essential Questions for Churches

April 20, 2021

As churches begin to regather and refocus, now is a great time to ask some essential questions. What is our purpose? If the purpose of the church is inward, then the church will continue to lose members and die. For instance, the purpose of the church should not be to see how long you can […]

3 Musts for the Post-COVID Church

March 23, 2021

As more and more people get vaccinated, state and local officials will begin to ease up on mask mandates and other restrictions associated with COVID-19. Churches will also make changes to their policies, and we will begin a new normal. Life will not be what it once was. It is impossible to pick up where […]

My Relationship With Young People

March 9, 2021

I am encouraged by the young people I know. Younger generations are smart, creative, and passionate. They care about what is right. They want to make a difference. As I grow older, I want to consider my responsibility toward younger generations. I want to have the right attitude towards them. I want to be a […]