Church members live in a bubble. Ok, not all church members. But it’s so easy for our people to live their lives surrounded entirely and solely by other church folks. It can become the norm to never actually get engaged with people in our communities who are disconnected from God.
What does it take to lead a church into joining God in God’s mission in the world? One thing it takes is a pastor/leader who has the skills to do that. The question is, what skills does the leader need to develop?
In order to begin to live in sync with God’s mission in your neighborhood, you have to start by learning. - See more at: http://www.markuswatson.com/articles/t41#sthash.ijeQUo2r.dpuf
What to do before you start planning a new ministry program for your church. - See more at: http://www.markuswatson.com/articles/t40#sthash.aE7Sn5Ku.dpuf
One of the key challenges for churches today is the fact that we live in a post-Christendom society. My church no longer exists in a Christendom culture and I bet neither does yours.
In order to participate with God’s mission in your neighborhood, you have know something about where you live. In the case of my church—Northminster Presbyterian Church—it has been a huge help to learn about the history of Clairemont, the community in which my church is located. As you read about the context of my church, think about your church's context.
Here are the ten best books I read in 2013 in no particular order. Most are leadership and theology books, but I threw in a couple of biographies and fiction books, too.
There was something my dad would say to me while teaching me to catch a ball when I was a little boy. It’s the same thing I said to my kids when I was teaching them to catch a ball. And if you’ve taught your kids to catch a ball, I bet you said it, too. Here’s what you said: “Are you ready?”
Northminster Presbyterian Church, the church that I pastor, was chartered as an official Presbyterian church on March 21, 1954, with 123 members. It’s located in the San Diego community of Clairemont (just east of Mission Bay and La Jolla), a community that emerged due to the tremendous need for housing in the years following World War II. At that time, it didn’t take long for Northminster to grow into a vibrant congregation. But that was a different time.
When I first became the pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in 2007, the church had been in decline for the better part of 25 years. It was a slow, gradual decline from over 600 people to barely 100 people on an average Sunday.Why did this happen?