Our church doesn’t participate in Easter Insanity any more. You know what I mean. Churches spend weeks of time and buckets of money for Easter Sunday services. Flyers go out to the neighborhood, ads runs in the “Easter ghetto” of the local newspaper (ask your parents). We hold extravagant musicals, add extra service times, perform
Welcome to the New Small Church Nametag Wall. That is, welcome to where the wall is going to be very soon. The plan is to have it up and running by Tuesday, January 14, 2013. (Since writing this, the Nametag Wall is now up! Click here to check it out.) Here’s the idea. As a way to
God doesn’t work on our calendar. He created days, weeks, months, seasons and years. Those are real things. We designed minutes, hours, decades and New Year’s Day on January 1. Those are made up things. That’s why I don’t trust New Year’s resolutions or decade-long church plans. What are the odds that God’s plans for
Preacher’s Block is a challenge during the best of times. But coming up with something fresh to say from the 39 verses the bible gives us about the birth of Jesus can be very difficult – even discouraging. Here are five principles to help pastors keep the story – and their preaching – fresh this Christmas.
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas is also the busiest. A few years ago, our Small Church staff decided we weren’t going to compete with all the shopping, school plays, office parties and visits to Santa that were filling people’s calendars. We weren’t able to keep up, so we