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Instant Church

Can you imagine arriving in a town, renovating an old grocery store into a church, opening the front doors and hoping people show up? Then, what if 1700 did show up? (and several got saved on top of it!) That’s exactly what happened to NewSpring Greenville last Sunday in Greenville,…

Church & Movies

A while back I wrote the article at WorshipIdeas.com called “Music=Growth?” I used to think that good music grows a church. While it doesn’t hurt, I don’t believe that anymore. Here’s another example. When was the last time you went to a movie or watched a TV show because of…

Praise Band Paradox

I know of a megachurch with 5,000 people that has state-of-the-art everything… projection, speakers, music equipment and the same $ound board as the local arena. Their drummer is your typical middle aged guy who works a regular job, and probably hasn’t played drums since his high school garage band days.…

Death of a Church

This week the 2 year old Andy Stanley Catalyst video church plant here in Greenville sadly announced that April is their last month of existence. Here’s the blog of one of the pastors, Casey Ross. Financial problems were cited as the primary concern. I visited the church several months ago.…

Cookies

I’m sitting here at Panera Bread Company working on a redesign of the WorshipIdeas website, and this guy comes up and offers me a free cookie. Not one to resist free food, I eagerly accept. He then hands me a business card and says “I’m starting a new church in…

Entrepreneurial Church

What a great idea! Eastside Foursquare Church in Portland has purchased an old, run-down hotel, cleaned it up and remodeled it. The crime rate in the neighborhood dropped, profits go to social programs in the city and church members who work there have the opportunity to minister to guests. Read…

Death Threats

Every so often I write an article that really upsets traditionalists. A few months ago I posted one over at WorshipIdeas.com, basically saying that since contemporary worship is the norm these days the traditionalists are panicking. It’s all about control and they’re no longer the majority. You can imagine the…

Catholics, Creeds and Compromise

Today’s issue of USAToday had an interesting editorial by a Presbyterian minister who bemoaned the decline of mainline churches. What’s worse, churches are dropping “Baptist,” “Methodist” or whatever from their names in order to attract a wider audience! One reason mainline churches are dwindling is because the average unchurched person…

NewSpring Church Is Coming to Town

Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC announced Sunday that they’ll be the latest church to enter the multi-site church arena. He said about 1200 people drive 30 minutes or more from Greenville and other surrounding towns to attend (around 8000 attend every Sunday.) I’m one of them.…

Committing Murder

I’ve heard it said that the average tenure of a worship leader is two years. I own several subscription websites, and sometimes I’ll personally call the church when their subscription is up for renewal. I’m shocked at how often I hear “the worship leader no longer works here” – it…

The Calling

Many years ago I was coaxed by a pastor into being a worship leader at a small church near Nashville. I was miserable and it didn’t last long. Then, a few years later, I felt God nudging me into a worship leader job and I loved it. What an about-face!…

Indian Food & Church

I love Indian food. There’s an Indian restaurant here in town that has the best Indian food I’ve ever had, and I’ve had Indian on both sides of the planet. However, most Indian restaurants I’ve been to have a lunch buffet, and I love buffets of all shapes and sizes.…

Postmodern Watch

In Dan Kimball’s excellent book “The Emerging Church” we learn that one aspect of the post modern mind is that it accepts contradiction. 1 + 1 does not always have to equal 2, and that’s okay. I read something the other day that reminded me of this. MTV’s popular live…

Entertainment

Are you involved with the music of your church? Do you play an instrument, sing or lead worship? Are people regularly becoming believers through the efforts of your church? Or are established believers connecting to God through your efforts? Or are you entertaining a bunch of church people? Are you…

Preacher Dress-Up

Last week I heard about 2 different baby boomer pastors who dressed up in costume for their sermons. One dressed up in full football uniform and preached on Super Bowl Sunday. Another dressed up in combat fatigues and preached about spiritual warfare. If that happened at my church, I think…
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