Healthy Church Systems Part 24: Seeing the Lost

I shared a meal with a pastor of a recovering church recently. The church had gone through a long decline, watching long time members pass or move away. Its financial support became fragile and its future uncertain. The one thing that we both agreed on was that it...

Healthy Church Systems Part 21: Connection

Shirley and I once visited a church whose pastor I had coached (poorly, as it turned out) in the Connection System. We were greeted extravagantly at the door, personally escorted to the refreshments, handed great brochures about the church’s ministries and led to our...

Healthy Church Systems Part 15: Discipling Culture

A premier pastor of a former generation was mentoring a group of younger leaders of which I was part. During one of his discussions, he mentioned that in the years since he retired from ministry, he had visited over 250 churches all around the country and never had...

Healthy Church Systems Part 14: Evangelizing

Easter Sunday morning, a number of Converge churches were baptizing new believers. One pastor told me they baptized seventeen. Another relayed that his church baptized ten new believers. I love these reports, because hearing about people moving from the kingdom of...