Every child asks. You hear it even from adults. Why can’t humans get along with other humans? Seems simple enough – every child ask the same question: why don’t they just get along? Why don’t people treat each other well? Why do people do bad things? Why won’t they all just play nice already?!?!?!?! Again, … More But Why Don’t They Just…?
I think we all assume that our church is friendly. After all, we get to talk to so many people when we arrive and even as we are leaving. Everyone knows us and we know them – it’s warm, comfortable and friendly. But we wrongly assume that a new person walking in the door gets … More How Friendly is Your Church?
I know – committees are a LOT of hassle for very little return. It sounds like a good idea – let’s get multiple people working on this and have more perspective (and hands). The reality – three people end up doing the work, mostly trying to placate the one person that least wants anything done. … More Committees for the Committed
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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – beautiful sentiment but it assumes a fact not in evidence – that you know where you’re going. Otherwise, a journey of a thousand miles is just wandering around for a thousand miles. Big churches can afford education specialists to plan their curricula – sometimes … More Getting Started: Step One – PLAN
Note: I participate on Theology Web and originally posted the following as part of a discussion there. The post is here. So, what do we DO about Christian Education? Tighten up curricula? Churches who depend on membership aren’t going to want to run off the Sunday School Social Club crowd – and to be fair, this is … More Better Bricks
If you’ve been in a church longer than six months and your class isn’t perpetually studying a quarterly, odds on favorite is you have participated in the age old discussion – what do we want to do next? Either everyone stares at the floor or several throw out the latest book they read – or … More Where to?
Lower attendance, higher building maintenance, relevance, lovely bus but no driver, paid staff wants to be paid more, Sunday School is empty school – the list of a church’s woes is long and it seems that its resources grow smaller all the time. What’s a frazzled pastor, building committee, administrative committee, <insert whatever your church … More How to Make Problems into Opportunities
Name two schools that never have graduates: a school of fish and Sunday School. Two sad things here – number one, it’s true and number two, at least the school of fish GOES SOMEWHERE. What was once a great educational tradition have become a devotional social club, often heavier on the social than the devotional. … More The Fish Are Winning
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now … More Roman Around