Here’s some disheartening data: “If you were born between 1925 and 1945 there’s a 60 percent chance, you’re in a church today. If you were born between 1946 and 1964 there’s a 40 percent chance, you’re in a church today. If you were born between 1965 and 1983 there’s a 20 percent chance, you’re in […]
Posts by Bobby Braswell:
Pastor’s gathering. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index When I think about pastoring a church the question the Apostle Paul asked comes to mind, “Who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 3:5). A lot of my friends are pastors, and most of my work is around pastors and churches. There are things that I know now that I […]
It feels like the pandemic fast forwarded whatever trajectory people were on.
… I cannot ever remember this level of response to a health crisis before.
I can’t prove some of what I am about to write. But I have heard this story told often enough that I think it constitutes a trend. It goes like this: a pastor search committee begins looking for a candidate. They are doing their best to understand God’s leadership. They accumulate resumes, they follow a […]
Several things are clear:
Jim Powell, in his book “Dirt Matters” describes church culture as “a complex blend of norms, beliefs, attitudes, traditions and practices that define the congregation.” All churches have a predictable way of behaving that is often informed by a combination of factors.Sometimes a church’s culture is characterized by some institutionalized reaction to a particularly traumatic […]