The Decline of the SBC

Earlier this week, the SBC released their Annual Church Profile, which gives a summary of the convention's membership totals. The alarm bells are sounding across the convention because membership has declined for the seventh straight year. While this number is getting the bulk of the attention, I believe a different category sheds light on the … Continue reading The Decline of the SBC

A Culture of Grace

Here's a beautiful description from Jared Wilson's book The Pastor's Justification on what a church with a culture of grace looks like: I remind myself and my church often that a message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. They want to know—we want to know, the Lord wants … Continue reading A Culture of Grace

An Oddly Open Community

Personal privacy is held in highest regard in the West. Sure, people may appear to share every detail of their life on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but that's not really the case. Those details are only part of the story, right? We're not too quick to post on our timeline: "I just refused to buy … Continue reading An Oddly Open Community

A Novel Idea for the Church

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12) What's the responsibility of your pastor?  Well, it depends whom you ask.  Some Many congregations would say that the pastor should do the heavy-lifting … Continue reading A Novel Idea for the Church

Is Your Church Setting Your Pastor Up to Fail?

How many former pastors do you know who left the ministry because of personal sin or ministerial burn out?  The odds are good that you know or have heard about several of these cases.  There are numerous reasons why this happens far too often, but I would like to focus on one specific reason: church … Continue reading Is Your Church Setting Your Pastor Up to Fail?

Is Youth Ministry Biblical?

This is not a new question.  But a new movie, Divided, has created a buzz in the Christian subculture surrounding this very question.  (You can read more about the controversy in this Baptist Press report.)  In the documentary, Philip Leclarc sets out to determine why there are so many young people leaving the church once … Continue reading Is Youth Ministry Biblical?