Many blame our culture, but Christians have thrived in societies much more adverse than ours. After Exxon and BP’s oil spills their PR image plummeted. They spent millions trying to win back public respect. The church may have a more difficult task of gaining its reputation in the minds of the public. Of course, the message of Christ’s eternal kingdom and its high standards have always been a bit much for folks to swallow. Yet modern U.S. Christianity has been alienating others in many other ways: Continue reading
Introduction: These series of posts are designed to outline the unique management style of Jesus in his ministry and the leaders of the Jerusalem church, the most successful in history. In them we find excellent models for leading churches in any era. Surprisingly, the methods are quite modern, following principles of the latest and best social science research. More importantly, they faithfully hold to God’s Word and the leading of His Spirit. A congregation employing these management principles may go far to successfully fulfill Christ’s mission.
Sadly, these principles and methods often fly in the face of the how churches are traditionally managed. We offer them with the prayer they will be examined and tried, which may alleviate errors in leadership that have greatly weakened the body of Christ. Continue reading
Son of man, speak against the leaders of Israel, the shepherds of my people, Israel…but they are not true shepherds, since my sheep are scattered over the face of the earth, with none to seek for them (Ezekiel 34, paraphrased)
Shepherds don’t produce sheep, sheep produce sheep. Continue reading
Once I found myself on a trip, sitting between two pastors. The driver was Calvinist, the other Arminian, and for three hours they hotly debated God’s sovereign will vs. the sovereignty of human choice. They both had good arguments and backed them up with Scripture. But by the end of the trip they weren’t talking Continue reading