I want to challenge you to think through your entire large group gathering experience.
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 […]
Five generations.That is how many distinct generations are living in North America today. If you travel back to previous centuries, you would find three generations providing leadership at any given time. However, with the advance in technology, the speed of change, and longer lifespans, you are now living among five generations.The Greatest Generation (those who […]
I’m not much for camping out. I prefer my lumpy mattress to the hard ground. I feel much more at ease in my climate controlled bedroom than a nylon tent. My idea of “roughing it” is a hotel with no wireless internet connection.That being said, tents played an important role in Old Testament times. One […]
“Generation Z: Educating and Engaging the Next Generation of Students” by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace highlighted research on how college campuses can engage Generation Z. Their focus was on the first wave of Generation Z as they have now entered college. While we, as student ministers, are engaging the younger portion of this age group, I do think there […]
For every faithful follower of Jesus there is a line over which you cannot and will not step — no matter the cost.Often the line becomes clear when those in power attempt to coerce the conscience, convictions, and religious practices of those who follow Christ.For instance, early in the book of Acts, the authorities in […]