A Growing Church is a Dying Church

As some one who has ministered 3 congregations through closure, this makes me laugh and cry. Some real insight here.

Hopping Hadrian's Wall

Whenever a congregation goes looking for a new pastor, the first question on their minds when the committee interviews a new candidate is: Will this pastor grow our church?

I’m going to go ahead and answer that question right now: No, she will not.

No amount of pastoral eloquence, organization, insightfulness, amicability, or charisma will take your congregation back to back to its glory days.

What then can your pastor do?  She can make your board meetings longer with prayer and Bible study.  She can mess with your sense of familiarity by changing the order of worship and the arrangement of the sanctuary.  She can play those strange new songs and forget about your favorite old hymns.  She can keep on playing those crusty old hymns instead of that hot new contemporary praise music.  She can bug you incessantly about more frequent celebration of Communion.  She can ignore your phone…

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Giving love back

I wrote this a few years ago and re-read it today. As we move into the season of Advent and recall all that Jesus came to give because God never gives up on us, this helps us to understand the magnitude of what God has done for us, andhow much God loves us.

Trying to pray

The past few days I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the energy we put into relationships, with our family, friends, and the pets in our lives.  On Grimm’s Furry Tail, http://grimmsfurrytail.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/the-furry-tail/ I read the story of how Grimm’s owners were wanting to put him to sleep for having an intestinal infection that would take a long time to treat, and how he was rescued and brought into a loving home simply because of his happy never still tail.  In that home he has repaid the love given to him in multiple ways.

basking in the sun, and lying “sticky side up”

That story reminded me of one of the most amazing cats that I have ever had the opportunity to share a home with.  Thanks to my daughter, Tigger came to live with us one cold winter.  She was smuggling hot soup and hot water out to…

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