Sitting closer to people in your pew makes you more attentive to one another, but that proximity also helps churches turn their diversity outward towards a common mission.
A sample lesson for a Sunday School class that examines the hymnody in a sample worship service and how many different “types” of resurrection is in a single worship service! Includes discussion, examples, and takeaways.
When we choose to be knit together, what do we say? Do all churches in a denomination need to say the same thing precisely?
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of hanging out with a church planter who does lots of missional church behind-the-scenes work: getting to know the community, the people, the needs, and the aspirations…and allowing those factors to dictate what the church looks like. And what she told me shocked me. She told me of […]
Praise and Wrongly-Directed Worship SongsIt’s no secret to readers of this blog and my clergy colleagues that I really don’t like contemporary praise and worship music. But I do appreciate self-deprecating humor and ones that point out the tendency of praise music to praise one’s self or become performance rather than praise. So here’s a video for […]
Developing connections between plate and ministriesI love church bulletins that put as much information in them so that I have something to read during service. One section that I find in many churches is the Year To Date report on the giving to the church. For instance, in October the section shows $250k given of […]
TED talk highlighting the coming ubiquity of web videoChris Anderson, the head honcho of the TED talks, discusses how web video accelerates innovation (h/t Seth Godin). While the whole video is interesting as he talks about how web videos inspire innovation and advancement, check out about 9:30 into the video (you can click the timeline […]
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The mega-church problem of sustaining their brand versus rightly-directed worship. (h/t nakedpastor) To find out more about opening Christian systems and other “hacks” visit Hacking Christianity or follow UMJeremy on Twitter
A colleague and I talked today about the earthquake in Haiti and pondered how to talk about such natural disasters with children. Questions of theodicy “why did God let all those people die?” and coping “why are my Haitian friends crying?” might be on their minds. I don’t usually bore people with worship resources (this […]