I recommend you thank God for…

In each of the consultation reports we write you will always find recommendations starting with the words, “I recommend you thank God.” These words are followed by what we have discovered to be a blessing to the church from God. We include these types of...

Disconnect Epidemic

The disconnect between cultivating ministries and the harvest endgame of making disciples is everywhere!  It is so common, it is embarrassing to put into print.  Almost everywhere, in just about every church, there are ministries that are performed very well, but have...

Poison Ivy and Your Church

I live on a tree farm.  We plant little seedlings and nurture them for hardwood timber (about 50 years from now). I was petrified to see the young trees (about 5,000) covered with poison ivy.  My first reaction was to buy spray, hire a dozen workers, and spend a small...

Yelling At the “Nones”

As information rolls out from religious surveys, the snapshot of secular America comes into focus.  USA Today reported last week (7/20/12, page 3A) that those who check “none” for their religious affiliation are now about one in five Americans (19%).  This is the...

Spiritual Drought and Climate Change in Your Church

No joke – I saw this sign posted at the door leaving the worship area:  “If the church catches fire, turn left out these double doors and exit to the front sidewalk.  Turn left and walk down to the Catholic Church.” Truth is, churches are catching fire – God is really...