What’s the Habitat?
Mar04

What’s the Habitat?

Our churches are habitats. By this, I mean we create a particular environment in which certain kinds of people can thrive. Others can survive in it. Others can’t at all. The desert is great for scorpions and snakes. It’s bad for polar bears. You’ve created a habitat through your vision, mission, systems and “vibe” you put out as a church. The way of life at your church is a habitat in which certain kinds...

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Is Your Church a Bad Hospital?
Dec11

Is Your Church a Bad Hospital?

I sent out a tweet last week that drew quite a bit of response—and I thought I would elaborate a bit upon it. Here it is: “The healthy leave unhealthy churches and the unhealthy leave healthy churches. Pay attention to who leaves, not just who arrives.” There has never been a church no one has left. Every church “loses” people. Nevertheless, a fear of losing people keeps many churches from doing what needs to...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 98
Nov01

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 98

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: It’s good to be blogging again after a brief unplug. Thanks for your patience and readership. I don’t take it for granted. I went as Willie Robertson for Halloween. I was sure everyone would mistake me for Jase since I’m so “slender.” Well, people pegged me for Willie from far away and up close. No one thought I was Jase. I guess it’s time to get...

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It All Matters
Sep16

It All Matters

It all matters. It may not all matter the same, but it all matters. Facilities, staff, preaching, worship, greeting, women’s ministry, children’s ministry, prayer, small groups, announcements, song selection, finance, leadership development, men’s ministry, communion serving, evangelism, service, missions, counseling, guest relations, and stewardship. It all matters. Some churches believe so much in certain things they believe quite...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 91
Aug30

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 91

Here are some things on my mind this Friday: Oh Miley, what have you done? So sad. If there’s a silver lining in the whole incident, it’s that our culture still seems to have some moral line that can be crossed. I’m not saying the line is in the right place–I’m just saying the line does exist…it isn’t blurred (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. If you didn’t get it…don’t...

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