Graduation and Commencement

Graduation and Commencement

This is the time of year for graduation ceremonies. In recent days, families of high school and higher education graduates have celebrated the “moving of the tassel.” Churches often join in these celebrations to mark this significant passage in a person’s life. Woven...
Unity of the Spirit

Unity of the Spirit

I like the story of the man from the Northeast who was in the south for a conference. He went to a diner for breakfast and asked for eggs, sausage, and toast. As the server brought the order he noticed a little white puddle on his plate. “What’s that?” he wondered....
Philanthropy and Stewardship

Philanthropy and Stewardship

There is an old children’s poem that goes like this: What kind of church would my church be, If all of its members were just like me? That is a good question to ask ourselves related to the stewardship of our time, talents, treasure, and testimony. Many churches are...
Church Fitness Tracker

Church Fitness Tracker

Last Christmas my wife and I gave each other personal fitness trackers. These are tools that you wear on your wrist and the tracker will keep count of the number of steps that you take during the day, the miles that you walk, the number of calories you burn, your...
By the Numbers

By the Numbers

AttHow large is your church? For many years the primary way of measuring church size was to look at church membership. In Baptist churches we began to track Sunday School attendance as a measuring stick. Membership numbers are not really helpful since Baptists are not...