Published: 3 years ago

We Send Our Best

This weekend the Summit commissioned 108 people to four North American church plants. Over the next few weeks we’ll be seeing these folks move to D.C., Wilmington, NC, and two locations in Durham. Our Summit Network has been training up the lead pastors of these plants, preparing …

Published: 3 years ago

Flashback Friday: Senior Night

This is a different kind of Flashback Friday. Most weeks, I dig into the archives and pull up an old post. (Haven’t seen it? It’s new to you!) But here’s a fair warning: this may be the first of several “new breed” of flashbacks …

Published: 3 years ago

Thursday Three For All

You know the drill, campers: Thursday is lazy day. I cut and paste, you humor me and pretend I did some work.   Easter Was Not Enough… Expectation Shapes Experience 51 Other Sundays. (via @thebryanrose, HT @robertvadams) Don’t pull a bait & switch: you dressed …

Published: 3 years ago

Mission Trumps Need…Every Time

We’re coming off of another incredible Easter weekend at the Summit. 18 services at seven locations, plus two worship events on Good Friday. 169 people who symbolized their faith in Jesus through the act of baptism. Nearly 10,500 people in attendance. Hundreds upon hundreds …

Published: 3 years ago

A Plea to Pastors on Easter Weekend

Pastors: they’re coming. Easter weekend is one of the two largest church attendance weekends in any calendar year. People attend church with Grandma. Irreligious people come because it’s still the socially acceptable thing to do in some parts of the country. Folks who are …

Published: 3 years ago

Good Friday? Great Friday.

This post seems to appear every couple of years here, and for good reason. Max Lucado reminds us that the cross isn’t just an event in history, but a life-changing event right now. As you read, pray that the eyes of thousands would be …

Published: 4 years ago

Thursday Three For All

Ten Big Reasons Easter Giveaways Are Unwise. (via @JaredCWilson) I guess this blows our Keurig giveaway out of the water. Every year some churches seek to outdo themselves — and their local competition — by luring unbelievers (and I suppose interested believers) to their Easter service(s) …

Published: 4 years ago

Flashback Friday: The Power of Observation

A few weeks ago the Franks crew made a stop at a Starbucks.  I love Starbucks like fundamentalists love denim jumpers.  They are all about customizing the experience for the customer and delivering the element of “surprise and delight” as Joseph Michelli mentions in …

Published: 4 years ago

Thursday Three For All

“Spy” Considerations for Easter Sunday. (via @ThomRainer) Easter’s coming. You ready? As we approach the season of Resurrection Sunday—when guests are more abundant at our churches—perhaps these questions will help you consider what guests experience at your church. You might want to evaluate over the …

Published: 4 years ago

Planning Is Not The Same As Dreaming

I spent the last few days in a guest services geek’s dreamland: I was fortunate enough to sit around a table with seventeen of the sharpest church hospitality minds in the country. We came from churches of different backgrounds (from maybe-sorta-traditional to hey-wow-you’re-not-traditional-at-all), churches of …

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