A Spirit of Innovation

#2: Cultivate a spirit of innovation and experimentation. Make the “Seven Last Words of the Church,” i.e. “We’ve never done it that way before,” a distant memory. Be open to new ideas that advance your mission. Free people to develop and try new ministries. Just...

An Expectation of Light

John 1:1-14 (CEB) A few years ago, I had an opportunity to visit two very special, very spiritual places. One was the Casa del Sol, which is a retreat center at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico. The other was the Iona community in Scotland. I made these trips as...

#1: Strive for Excellence

#1: Strive for excellence in service to Christ. Effective churches are churches where people enjoy what they’re doing and do it well. Give God your best whether in the care of church grounds, the soup you prepare for the homeless shelter dinner, or the hymns and...