Published: 4 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: Believing Forgetters

This week I have been putting normal blog content on hold as we take time to reflect on Passion Week. (You can begin the “Instead of Me” series here.) As we come to the end of a work week and begin Easter Weekend proper, …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Instead of Me: Punished

Christians around the world will celebrate Easter this weekend, and so I thought it fitting to postpone the normal blog content to join the celebration. At the Summit we’ve been in a series called “Instead of Me.” Each weekend we have witnessed a video that takes …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Instead of Me: Accused

It’s Passion Week, and I’m putting typical guest services content on hold so that we can pause and reflect on the defining moments of history. At the Summit we’ve been in a series called “Instead of Me.” The bumper videos prior to each sermon force us to reckon …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Instead of Me: Taken

It’s Passion Week, and I am shelving normal blog content so we can reflect together on the moments that changed history. At our church we’ve been in a series called “Instead of Me.” The bumper videos prior to each sermon take one scene from Passion …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Instead of Me: Betrayed

It’s Passion Week. This weekend, millions of Christians around the world will observe the death and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over the last few weeks our pastor has been in a sermon series called “Instead of Me.” The bumper videos prior to …

Published: 1 month ago

Flashback Friday: Can Your Volunteers Love Each Other Too Much?

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   Team unity is a beautiful thing. If you’ve been in a ministry setting for more than 90 seconds, you know that unity isn’t …

Published: 1 month ago

Thursday Three For All: Easter Evangelism, Spiritual Reasons to Control Your Calendar, and Monty Python Reimagined

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)   Easter is for Evangelism (via @jdgreear) As …

Published: 1 month ago

River Ridge Church (Hurricane, West Virginia)

Each month, we revisit a series of posts called Guest Services Road Trip. We’ll travel the country from the comforts of our couches, interviewing leaders who are in the trenches of ministry. Do you have an idea for GSRT destination? Have a leader I need to talk to? …

Published: 1 month ago

There Ain’t Nothing New About Attractional Ministry

“[The] common assumption has been that the work of Christ is really prosperous only when crowds are assembled in His name, and…the supreme problem of the Christian church is how to devise a Sunday service so attractive that people cannot stay away. The service …

Published: 1 month ago

What Do You Want Your Guests To See?

In a recent post I talked about the concept of “forced experience”…thinking through what you want your guests to see and where you want them to go. While your church should be open to anyone, there are many areas of your church that shouldn’t …

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