Posts Categorized: Church Growth

Swell

Blunt truth about church growth   How to make your church swellFaithfulness and the growth of our churches don’t have to be at odds. by David R. Collins We’ve all heard the statistics about decline in the church. Some comments on Facebook estimate that last year alone the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lost around 8 billion… Read more »

Not Quite Right

One slightly unhinged pastor’s attempt to love (and laugh with) a slightly unhinged church, from the inside out.   Why would I join a church where that happens?It’s time to stop giving people reasons to doubt our Christian faith. by Joshua Bower I’ve been a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for 10 years. I… Read more »

Rough Drafts

Towards vulnerability and transformation in the church   More than playing churchHow our institutional language and attitudes trivialize new church developments by Mihee Kim-Kort Children come running at us clapping and shout-singing like my 4-year-olds but enunciating a lot more clearly: G-O-O-D M-O-R-N-I-N-G, GOOD MORNING (WOOT WOOT) GOOD MORNING (WOOT WOOT). They lead us into… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   Drought dominoesWhat growing a garden in drought-stricken California has to do with the church by Anita Coleman The Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your needs in parched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters never… Read more »

Pastorish

Redefining where and when church happens   The myth of financial self-sustainability A plea to share the wealth and support new worshiping communities by Mieke Vandersall We don’t like to talk about money in the church. We especially don’t like to talk about how some congregations have more than others. But we need to talk…. Read more »