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
“The gatekeepers are gone”, said stand-up comic Patton Oswalt in a talk that has huge implications for pastors and other communicators. Oswalt continued as he held up his iPhone to a crowd of comedy bigwigs. “In my hand right now I’m holding more filmmaking technology than Orson Welles had when he filmed Citizen Kane. I’m
Innovative? Small Church? Do those words belong in the same sentence? Can innovation happen in a Small Church? Is it even possible in an older Small Church? Turning a tired, dying congregation into a fresh, innovative church is one of the greatest challenges a pastor can tackle – even if the congregation is in full agreement.
Restaurant experts know that telling a hard-working, exhausted restaurant owner to build a bigger restaurant is not a wise or helpful strategy. Church leaders need to figure that out, too. Instead of telling hard-working, exhausted pastors of struggling congregations to build bigger churches, let’s help them build healthy Small Churches. This is the second of a
Inspiration can come from unlikely places. But innovators can’t just look in the usual spots. Gordon Ramsay and Robert Irvine are world-class chefs and restaurant owners. On their shows, Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant: Impossible, they try to turn someone else’s struggling restaurant into a thriving business again. The principles they use are time-tested and valid, even if the theatrics