The Best Decision is the One You Make With Counsel

Five years ago, I was working full-time and heavily involved in a church plant in my hometown. I was also considering leaving that job and that church so I could move to North Carolina to attend seminary. As I worked through that decision, I can count on one hand the number of people I told…

One resource your church may be overlooking

Tips, tools, books, and conferences are the craze in church circles these days. You are, in fact, reading a resource website right now. My work here is no exception. Today, though, I want to step away from simple content creation and make a suggestion. There is a resource right in front of your church, one…

Foggy Words: “Preaching the gospel to yourself”

A few weeks back, I called attention to the foggy words we often use as Christians to talk about our gospel work and ministry. Today, I want to point out one such phrase. It is real common, nowadays, to talk of "preaching the gospel to yourself." You may have heard someone use this, or you…

Church Community Has an Outward Focus Too

The following is a guest post by Marie McDonald. Marie has written here before and does excellent work in her local church leading others to discover and engage people groups. Think for a moment about Christian community. Typically, the term conjures up ideas of potluck dinners, rallying around a struggling small group member, or other…

Christian: Going to Church is Important, Your Understanding of the Bible Depends on It

I recently picked up a book by the late, great missiologist Lesslie Newbigin, entitled Truth and Authority in Modernity. In the work, he tries to untangle the often confusing conversation concerning the issues of authority in worldview. I do not plan to unpack that argument here, but I did run across one particularly profound statement…

How to Survive the Church as an Introvert

Periodically, I post articles written by others. The following is a guest post that may serve as a good dose of medicine if you find the church to be a little overwhelming at times. Enjoy! By: Meredith Cook If you register “I” on the spectrum of “HANG OUT WITH ALL THE PEOPLE” to “give me solitude…

Cooperation or Competition? Does Your Church Play Nice with Others?

If you are a pastor or ministry leader, then this post is for you. New churches in your town are not a bad thing... even the one down the street. I imagine you know that feeling. I am a pastor myself, and honestly, I have had it too. You are driving down the road on…

Neighborhoods in Transition: 3 Historical Shifts That Changed Your Church’s Neighborhood

  Does your neighborhood look different than your church membership? If so, your church is not the only one. Countless churches across the United States look up one day to realize that the neighborhood around them has completely changed. All of the friendly neighbors and recognized faces, which included many church members, were slowly replaced…

From the archives: A Right to Secrecy

This blog is actually several years older than its most recent launch as The Peoples Next Door. I initially started this blog when I was serving in West Africa, and this week I began digging through the archives. Back in 2012, I wrote a piece that I feel is worth repeating on the difference between…

The good news of community: Why do we dislike the church?

  People dislike the church. Not everyone, but enough people for me to write this post. And I am not talking about people who do not claim to be a part of a church. I do not expect people who are not Christians to be satisfied with the church. I expect people who do not…