What do you do when you can’t get people to the Church?
First Church in St. Joseph, Michigan has dealt with the question of ‘what do you do when you can’t get people to Church?’ many times. They wrestled with reaching people from different demographics, different socio-economic groups, different towns within their region… About three years ago, First Church invited Healthy Growing Churches in to do a leadership consultation. In this consultation, a conversation about multiplication began. Since 2013, First Church has started two physical campuses in neighboring communities, Benton Heights and Stevensville. At the end of 2015, First Church decided to try something new.
Ready or not. . . it’s here. . .the most wonderful time of year!
Usually somewhere at the bottom of the list we have the task of year-end tax planning. There is no way to avoid it – the end of the year will come on December 31st whether we are ready for it or not. So take the opportunity while there’s still time, to positively impact your 2015 income taxes.
Creating God in Our Own Image
So often, we see God only through our own eyes. It is so difficult to get our own desires and perspectives out of the picture in order to see God and His desires. Honestly, we create Him in our own image, instead of seeing ourselves as being created in His image.
Is He a God of Plenty or of Little?
Today, on Black Friday, I am hit by how so many of us spend our money, especially in the Church. So often in the Church, we buy what is cheap, not what is needed. Whether we’re buying equipment for our building, assessments for our team, or even when hiring staff, we feel like we need to make a little go a long way. So we parse out our funds a little at a time buying what is cheap, not what is best for the situation. Too often there is such a difference and the resulting poor decision actually results in Kingdom set-backs instead of improvements.
These are just some of the vital systems needed in a healthy church in order for her to fulfill her mission…to see people come to know Christ and follow him in all with of their heart. Seems in most churches we were afraid of Scientific Management so we reacted and never developed systems.
Today, I spoke with Ryan Carrell, founding pastor of the Southeast Project, a church on the southeast side of Indianapolis. I tried for two weeks to connect with Ryan to hear about their recent 3-year anniversary. As a church planter in a portable church, he has many irons in the fire. When I finally caught him, he so honestly shared some of what was keeping him busy—he was releasing Southeast.
Multiplying in the Midwest – We’re Better Together
In 2012 states leaders and a few other interested pastors from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and HGC gathered in Indianapolis to wrestle with a couple key questions: How can we do church planting/church multiplication more effectively? How can we help our states move more toward a culture of multiplication? That conversation led us to ask an intriguing question, could we do it better if we did it together? The answer to that question was an emphatic yes! Trust grew quickly and a partnership was formed. The Midwest Multiplication Initiative was born that day and we went to work together!
Reflections from Sabbatical – Part 3
In this article I want to talk about what to do in preparation for a sabbatical to increase the likelihood that it goes smoothly and doesn’t have ministry interruptions. Al Ells (www.leadersthatlast.org) coached me on some of these and I just lucked out on the others.
Reflections from Sabbatical – Part 2
Every leader needs a trusted and wise mentor to speak into his or her life, someone in his or her life with whom they are transparent and who has permission to speak into his or her life. I am a better person, husband, father, pastor and leader from having Al as a “mean friend” over the last 11 years. And the time with him while on sabbatical was priceless and will impact me for the rest of my life.