The Question of Revitalizing our Older Churches

As I wrote last week, as I go about the North Alabama Conference, I repeatedly hear a couple of questions that I would like to attempt to give an answer.  These questions which I fear are based on misinformation or a lack of information.  Last week, I responded to the question, “Why do we startContinue reading “The Question of Revitalizing our Older Churches”

The Question of Planting Churches in Non – "Upper-Class White Suburbs"

As I go about the Conference, I’ve repeatedly heard a couple of questions that I would like to attempt to give an answer. The questions are: Why do we start new communities of faith mostly in all white, affluent suburbs? And, Why are we starting new churches when we ought to be revitalizing our existingContinue reading “The Question of Planting Churches in Non – "Upper-Class White Suburbs"”

Going Deeper Spiritually

During a great workshop with Tom Bandy at Friendship United Methodist Church (thanks to Mike Stonbraker and Hal Noble for making this happen.), a layperson asked, “What do you do when you want your church to grow but your pastor just won’t lead in evangelism?”I thought Bandy would respond to the question with, “you needContinue reading “Going Deeper Spiritually”