Some of the most profound quotes come in the beginning of the book, “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger. He shares this from page 32, “Steve Yamaguchi, dean of students at Fuller Theological Seminary, says that when his spiritual director took a flying lesson, he asked the instructor why they use flight simulators so much. … Continue reading Drop Your Canoes!
I read this book at the end of last year, and if you have had any ministry conversations with me, I have probably mentioned it to you. If you are in ministry right now, and especially a United Methodist (pastor or laity) I HIGHLY recommend this book! Tod Bolsinger, the author, connects the Lewis and… Continue reading Leave the Canoes Behind
When you think about the leaders in your church, what comes to mind? Who are they? What are the requirements to be in those positions? What are their responsibilities? I have seen more times than not, churches being led by mainly men, particularly white and mostly those over the age of 50. Now, I don’t… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: 6th Commandment~Thou Shall Watch the Throne: Rethink Leadership
I think most of us have experienced one time or another, feeling like an outsider, inside a church. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, maybe you have had a conversation with someone who doesn’t feel like they are welcomed. You know, we can’t have “them” in the church, they wear jeans, have tattoos, or have… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: Fourth Commandment-Thou Shall Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself. Provide inclusive worship and Bible study.
Boldness is a key in transformative ministry. In order for a church to be bold, they must have courage and confidence to step out of what is comfortable and take a risk. Humans naturally fear what they don’t know, so this is a difficult move for churches. No one wants to hurt anyone else’s feelings,… Continue reading Not Safe for Church Third Commandment: Thou Shall Not Trip: Discuss Taboo Subjects
“Will the real disciples please stand up?” (p. 14) Very early on the authors ask this question of our congregations. Yikes! Are we really being authentic to God’s mission and call in our churches? I think that most churches have fallen into society’s expectations that we must be all things to all people. This is… Continue reading Not Safe for Church. Second Commandment: Thou Shall Not Front: Be Authentic
Reaching a new generation is probably one of the biggest issues churches call me about right now. I get questions all the time asking me how church can draw in those 40 and younger. It’s a complicated problem with a very intricate solution; although, I believe a broad solution could be the answer, no one… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations Chap. 1