Church, Stop Measuring Yourself by Past Success

You think back to that time often. Maybe it was a decade ago, maybe a generation ago, or maybe it was just a few years ago. It was an exciting time in the life of your church. The sanctuary was full on a Sunday morning, children were running around before the service. The choir sounded…

Church Planting: Focus on the Forest Instead of the Trees

All analogies break down, so bear with me here. But I want to share this one with you, because I think it does a good job of answering why your area (and mine) needs new churches. A church is, in some ways, like a tree. Churches have a life cycle. All churches have a life…

How to know your neighborhood is gentrifying. (They forgot the Chipotle.)

This morning while I was doing some research, I stumbled across a little piece of tongue-and-cheek blog fodder from the Houstonia titled, The Houstonia Step-By-Step Guide to Gentrification. It's pretty funny and does a great job tracking the development of a trendy, chic neighborhood. Of course, the timeline they develop is oozing with irony and has…

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…

The New Urban and What We Need to Do About It

This article was originally posted in The Great Commission Magazine of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find the online edition here. A generation ago, the ideal life was lived in the suburban confines of picket fences and gated communities. The term “urban” once referred to the poor, minority neighborhoods that remained in the densely…