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We Value What We Count and Count What We Value. So Count the Right Things

We typically count two things in church – attendance and contribution. That’s okay. That probably should be done. But there is so much more we need to pay attention to and there is nothing like counting things to give accountability to what is going on.

Some things we cannot quantify. They are qualitative things. But many things we can put our finger out. We might resist out of fear (what if the minister doesn’t come out looking good) but it is essential we look at far more than attendance and contribution.

This video gives suggestions on other things to measure and by measuring these things we can make much needed adjustments in light of what we prioritize. What we prioritize must come out of a biblical value system.

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Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 2 – Sacred

We are now in chapter two of “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan and I want to start with this quote and get your feedback, “The stories in scripture are meant to show us that there exists something of greater value than our existence and rights. There are things that belong to God. SacredContinue Reading

Church – Something is Missing and it’s a Bigger Problem Than I Thought

We got all five acts of worship going but something is missing. We got church autonomy but something is missing. We got qualified elders but something is missing. We sing acappella but something is missing. We teach the Bible but something is missing. We meet on the first day of the week but something isContinue Reading

Uncomfortability

We are some of the only people in the history of the world to live a semi-comfortable life without having to try that hard. Until the last few generations people had to work for their food. By the sweat of their own brow and the work of their own hands food came from the ground.Continue Reading

The Root of Church Division is NOT Primarily Theological

Church split for two reasons that have theological spin but not theological roots. We say that church split over instruments or over women’s roles. That is what brought tension to the system but the system wasn’t robust enough to handle the tension. What is the root? The first root, that I have been discussing relentlesslyContinue Reading

My History With Codependency and Ministry – A Path Toward a Healthier Church Leadership Culture

Our churches are charged with anxiety. They are charged with anxiety because we have set ourselves up as the ones who have perfect doctrine and practice. Once you have claimed that you will always struggle with anxiety because there is great fear that you will mess something up and ruin your brand. The only wayContinue Reading

What Would it Take to Get the Attention of a Dying Church’s Leadership? Unfortunately, A Lot More Than This Article

When Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man asks if he can go back from the dead and warn his brother. Jesus said even if a dead man rises and goes back to warn them they won’t listen. They have Moses and the prophets. If that isn’t enough, itContinue Reading

Churches of Christ in Decline – Seven Things We Can Do To Transition to a Better Future

I posted a YouTube video earlier in the week that reviewed an article by Stan Granberg from the Great Commission Research Journal from the Fall of 2018 on the decline of Churches of Christ as a case study. Stan’s article outlines a number of crucial truths: 1 – Our attendance figures are in a steadyContinue Reading

One Word for A Better Future for Churches of Christ

Humility. Humility. We have traditionally been a very proud bunch. Proud we don’t act like the denominations. Proud that our doctrine is pure. Proud we are the only ones going to heaven. Proud that we are sound. Proud that we are acappella. Proud that we have biblical leadership right. Proud that we aren’t like others.Continue Reading

The Most Important Question to Ask Church Shoppers When they Visit

There is a great feeling seeing someone new at church. You are excited they came. You are excited they showed interest. But them coming to your church may be the worst thing that could happen, not the best. Here is why…

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