Articles

  • Your Ministry Doesn't Begin at Church

    How do you convince people that they are called to serve God, not just at church, but in the places where they live, eat, work, sleep, and play?  How do you help people understand that ministry doesn’t start at church, but in their everyday lives?

  • Serving God Beyond Church Walls

    The only way to serve God is to volunteer for a ministry at your church. Agree or disagree? Definitely, disagree!  And, yet, churches have a tendency to limit the way people can serve God to merely volunteering for service opportunities within the church or sponsored by the church.

  • Helping People Experience Transformation

    What’s the purpose of Christian education?  Y’know, Sunday school, small groups, seminars, stuff like that.... Is it just to fill the learner with information?  Or is Christian education about more than that?

  • Getting Busy People Involved in Ministry

    People are busy.  They’ve got jobs, school, family stuff, hobbies, etc., etc., etc.  All this “stuff” makes it difficult for people to get involved in church-related ministry opportunities. But Neighborhood Connection Groups work with, not against, people's hectic schedules.

  • Why Neighborhood Connection Groups Work

    What’s the benefit of Neighborhood Connection Groups?  Why do they work? In my last post, I mentioned Neighborhood Connection Groups as a way to get church members engaged in their neighborhood.  Here are three reasons why Neighborhood Connection Groups (NCGs) work so well.

  • An Environment of Discernment

    What churches need to do is cultivate “an environment within which God’s people discern God’s directions and activities in them and for the communities in which they find themselves." But how do you create that kind of environment?

  • Do This to Effect Real Change in Your Church

    Real change involves adaptive change, not mere technical change.  For a church, therefore, the key to becoming a more missional church means discovering your adaptive challenge and then taking steps to address it.

  • How to Quickly Discover Your Church's Missional Strengths

    Change is hard.  Especially for churches.Here’s the challenge: When a church finds something that works, it will run that ministry for years and years without thought to its effectiveness.  Andy Stanley calls this an “old couch.”  We love the old couch.

  • Getting Church Members Out of the the Church Bubble

    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.

  • How to Develop Needed Skills for Missional Leadership

    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?

  • What Skills and Capacities is Your Church Lacking?

    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

  • 5 Steps To Starting a New Ministry

    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

  • The Challenge of Living in a Post-Christendom World

    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.

  • Know Your Church's Context

    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.

  • Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

    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.