The Church is only ever one generation from extinction. It is strategically necessary to stop what we are doing and “get younger.” The question is, “How?” If you are trying to reach millennials you might be making these 3 mistakes: Doing ministry “to” millennials instead of “with” millennials. Our missionaries are wildly successful for two […]Read more "3 Mistakes of Millennial Ministry – by Will Hampton"
Our churches are experts at drawing teens but epically ineffective at keeping young adults. Why? I have two teens in my house. Their bedrooms look and sound very different from mine. From what’s on the walls to what style (and volume) of music is playing, it’s clear whose room is whose. We don’t frequent each […]Read more "Sharing Life in the Living Room: Integrating Millennials into Church Life – by David Mazzella"
Recently Burger King and McDonald’s engaged in a public conversation. By way of an advertisement in The New York Times, Burger King challenged its “arch”-rival to join them in “a ceasefire” on the so-called “burger wars” and to mark the occasion by selling a mash-up of their two flagship sandwiches, the Big Mac and the […]Read more "Beyond Our Affiliations"
With all of the social networks out there, there’s a chance that you have thousands of “friends.” Creating and maintaining a network of real face-to-face relationships with other leaders that goes a little deeper than “likes” can help you as a leader in many ways. We follow the greatest leader of all. We follow our […]Read more "Face-to-Face Kingdom Networking"
John, in his gospel, draws his readers into an intimate moment Jesus shares with the Father toward the end of His physical life on earth. He prays for Himself, then for His disciples, and, at the conclusion of His prayer, He prays for all future believers. He prays, “I do not pray for these alone […]Read more "The Lord’s Prayer"
I sat down shortly after 9:00 a.m. in the Pastor’s office. I was “a” pastor at the time, but I was not “the” pastor. The previous Sunday was BGMC Day, and as the Children’s Pastor I had been given a window in the service. I had come up with the brilliant idea of having men […]Read more "Everyone Needs A Paul"
In a world of increasing disconnectedness and declining numbers in vocational ministry, it should not come as a surprise that the relational dynamics of ministry are being revisited. Loneliness and lack of meaningful friendships are often highlighted as significant factors of pastoral discouragement. An old adage says, “If you want a friend, you have to […]Read more "Be A Barnabas"
Ministry provides many opportunities for fulfillment. One of the most fulfilling opportunities is found in the realm of mentoring. Although the word mentoring is not found in the Bible, it is a principle exemplified throughout Scripture. Mentoring relationships are like that of Jesus and the twelve disciples, Elijah and Elisha, or Paul and Timothy. These […]Read more "Have You Found Your Timothy?"