New Churches, New Future

Penny Marler and Kirk Hadaway, veteran church observers, have documented that denominations grow, not primarily for ideological reasons (there was a time when we thought that “conservative,” “evangelical,” churches were growing churches, whereas “liberal,” churches declined), nor for primarily sociological reasons (some church growth observers contended that sociological similarities led to growing churches) but ratherContinue reading “New Churches, New Future”

Celebrating North Alabama’s New Churches

My wife, Patsy, and I had a great day two Sundays ago at the Cove United Methodist Church in Huntsville. Less than eight years old, Cove UMC has nearly 700 members and is leading us in some amazing innovations in ministry. The North Alabama United Methodist Church should take pride in your creation of TheContinue reading “Celebrating North Alabama’s New Churches”

Maintenance or Mission?

I’ve received a good deal of response to my email last week about measuring effectiveness in ministry. Reagin Brown sent me this excerpt, which he found at the Crossmarks website. It’s from an article by Harold Percy, “Good News People.” I very much liked its contrast between “maintenance” and “mission” as well as its stressContinue reading “Maintenance or Mission?”