Category Archives: Church of Christ

Church Co-Dependency & Naming Elephants: Fellowship

Did you know if you commented on the last post in the affirmative, chances are someone took note? There is a segment of our fellowship that marks people. They decide who is and who isn’t in fellowship. That idea isn’t entirely unbiblical when done biblically but it isn’t done biblically. We have publications that makeContinue Reading

Church Co-dependency & Naming the Elephants: Tradition

In my previous post on Co-dependent Churches: A Major Barrier to Change I talked about how we have several elephants in the room. Let’s talk about them more specifically. We have a real problem with tradition. It shouldn’t be this way because we have always been about the scriptures and criticized other groups for theirContinue Reading

Bringing the Generations Together By Dr. Holly Allen

Holly AllenChair, InterGenerate ConferenceProfessor of Christian Ministries & Family ScienceLipscomb University, Nashville, TN Throughout much of Christian history, the whole body of Christ, that is, all the generations, met together for ministry and worship as well as for most other gatherings; intergenerationality was the norm. However, in the last several decades, all but the smallestContinue Reading

Codependent Churches – a Major Barrier to Change

People who grow up with an alcoholic parent know there is a problem but no one is allowed to talk about it. The elephant is in the room but no one can name it. Everyone dances around it. When visitors come by we have tremendous pressure to make the unhealthy things look healthy and putContinue Reading

Crazy Church

They say the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” That’s not exactly the definition of crazy but it is a crazy thing to try to do. They also say “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” In short, if you lookContinue Reading

10 Shifts for the Future in Churches of Christ

I don’t know if you have noticed this or not but most churches are in decline. Not only that, most churches are getting older. The demographics are shifting with less and less young people in our churches. We also see this reflected in many of our lectureships. What is our gut reaction to this? ForContinue Reading

Churches of Christ – Why Do We Exist?

I need your help on this. I am not going to answer the question quite yet. I would like to hear your answer to this question and then I will follow it up with my answer. Let me encourage one thing I should have encouraged a long time ago. Please interact with each other inContinue Reading

We are Approaching a Critical Moment in Churches of Christ

There is a confluence of factors steamrolling toward us that I think we are largely asleep to in Churches of Christ. What happens next is anyone’s guess but I think we can plan and adjust in a way that makes sense. What are those factors and what kind of change is it leading toward? UpcomingContinue Reading

Church Leadership: Pain Avoidance is a Myth

It is so common. So typical. Decisions made by church leadership to avoid a complaint. To avoid the pain. It doesn’t work. You cannot avoid pain. You have to choose which pain is worth enduring. Would you rather live a reactionary life of pain avoidance or a proactive/intentional life that has direction and the accompanyingContinue Reading

Where are Churches of Christ Headed on the LGBT Issue?

With the United Methodist church under the microscope right now on their affirming of their traditional view restricting practicing homosexuals from the clergy and banning gay marriage there have been a lot more questions floating around on what is the future of Churches of Christ on this issue. If you are following the discipleship trackContinue Reading

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