The Jesus Boat

  When we first receive Christ, we are offered an invitation to ride on the Jesus Boat.  We don’t have to do a thing; just enjoy the summer breezes blowing through our hair, the warm sunshine on our faces and the cool spray of the misty water over our bodies.  Jesus provides the boat, mansContinue reading “The Jesus Boat”

Ten Things Churches Must “Get” (To have a future)

    We all know that most churches are in decline.  We also know that some churches are growing and some are growing exponentially.  There are clearly some things growing churches “get” that declining churches do not. Here are ten things churches need to “get” to have a future.   Get strategic around the missionContinue reading “Ten Things Churches Must “Get” (To have a future)”

Vision 2020: What I See Coming

Vision 2020: What I See Coming We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change.  You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself.  Many years ago, a wise mentor namedContinue reading “Vision 2020: What I See Coming”

Doing Good to Death (literally)

Is your Church Doing Good to Death?  “The purpose of the church is not to do good, it is to connect people with Jesus Christ. A lot of churches are literally doing good to death.”   I know this will hit some folks sideways, but let me explain. Every dying church I know (and thereContinue reading “Doing Good to Death (literally)”

Harold (God Can Bless Anything but Nothing)

Harold (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1994) My friend Craig LeQuatte says, “God is a God of multiplication.  He can bless anything but nothing.”  Sometimes we don’t do evangelism and faith sharing because we are afraid we will do more “harm than good.”  I have found in my years of ministry that even a bad witness isContinue reading “Harold (God Can Bless Anything but Nothing)”

Crazy Gospel Math (Prove Me Wrong)

Crazy Gospel Math I sometimes get the opportunity these days to help pastors and congregations think about growth.  Here is a formula I use when I consult.  Take your sanctuary capacity; multiply it by .75 and double it.  That is your target.  I see a lot of churches in USAmerica that were constructed to seat aboutContinue reading “Crazy Gospel Math (Prove Me Wrong)”

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church? I often get the opportunity these days to help pastors and congregations think about growth.  Here is a formula I use when I consult.  Take your sanctuary capacity; multiply it by .75 and double it.  That is your target.  I see a lot of churches in USAmericaContinue reading “Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?”

For the ‘Jesus is My Homeboy’ Religion Haters

I have a lot of friends who have a real problem with religion- We will get into a discussion about church or something along those lines and they will always say to me, “I love God Lydia, don’t get me wrong- I just hate religion.” So I pondered this. I like closure to all thingsContinue reading “For the ‘Jesus is My Homeboy’ Religion Haters”

What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012

Evangelism: Paul in Greece 2012 I penned these reflections on the final day of a ten day “Paul in Greece” tour. As I gazed that evening from my fifth floor window of my Athens hotel, the ancient Acropolis was in full view with the Parthenon shining like a new dime (they literally light it upContinue reading “What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012”