Attractional Church?

Mammoth Cave National Park, in south central Kentucky, is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America.  People have visited this site since 1816. I often wonder what attracts people to these places. Is it the 400 miles of underground passageways in the longest cave in the world, or the hundreds of acres ofContinue reading “Attractional Church?”

Church: Lamppost or Lighthouse

I love the analogy Jesus applied to himself and to His followers of light shining in the darkness. Speaking to His disciples, He said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on theContinue reading “Church: Lamppost or Lighthouse”

Repurposing the “Church”

Recently, I ran across a story in an on-line magazine about a couple in Kyloe, Northumberland, England, who purchased an old church building and turned it into a home. The article stated, “If they had not purchased the old church, who knows what would have happened to it, as it was in very bad shape.”Continue reading “Repurposing the “Church””

Hope for the New Year

Each year at this time, we look toward the future, make New Year’s resolutions, and hope things will be better in the coming year.  This year however, the painful memories of the horrible Newtown, Connecticut massacre and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, makes hope seem like an illusive dream. Add to this the Fiscal Cliff and the CongressionalContinue reading “Hope for the New Year”

Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers

There has been an explosion in the number of new church starts over the past fifteen years. Along with this has come an avalanche of church planting strategies, in the form of books, articles, workshops, seminars, and conferences. It seems every denomination is placing an emphasis on starting new congregations.  Most seminary graduates would ratherContinue reading “Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers”