4 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Church to Welcome New People

By Tuesday, pastors and lay leaders have put last Sunday in the rear-view mirror and are thinking and planning for next Sunday. The thing about Sunday is that it always comes and there are no re-runs. Many are looking at visiting a church, perhaps your church, this Sunday. Welcoming these guests isn't as simple as opening... Continue Reading →

The Wedding Sermon: 3 Things the Mainline Church Needs to Quit

A wedding sermon Of all the things that could possibly transform the mainline church, a wedding sermon? Think of the countless hours of meetings, the dollars spent on consultants and supposed experts, the physical and spiritual labor poured out, the tears shed, the failed strategies. When all else fails, it’s a wedding sermon that saves... Continue Reading →

Listening to our Youth

1.2 million followers read Emma Gonzalez’s tweet about Betsy DeVos’ visit to her school; “Good thing I was already sleeping in tomorrow.” 269,000 followers read Sarah Chadwick’s tweet about the same visit; “Literally no one asked for this.” The New York Times made this observation about these two tweets; “And with a few tweets the... Continue Reading →

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