Seven Steps to Follow in Growing Your Congregation

Seven Steps to Follow in Growing Your Congregation

It’s no secret the number of people who attend church has been decreasing over the past several years. According to a survey taken by Statista in 2018, only 22% of Americans attend weekly church services. Furthermore, the survey found that 28% of the population never...
Reflections on Worship and Music Ministry

Reflections on Worship and Music Ministry

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” ~ Jaroslav Pelikan I am grateful that I serve Wilshire Baptist Church, where our worship tradition is alive and well. Recently I have been in conversation with our...
Learning to Collaborate x 3

Learning to Collaborate x 3

  When I started out as a young associate pastor, I was deeply aware of how little I knew about ministry.  I wasn’t sure how to lead a congregation.  I didn’t know what my relationship should be with pastors and lay leaders who had been at the work far longer than...
Transience

Transience

Every year we have a new group of people on the stewardship committee that are ecstatic when we tell them that 10-12% of the pledge campaign comes from families that have never pledged before. And they are crestfallen when our financial secretary informs them that...
Hope as We Cross the River

Hope as We Cross the River

What are the stories that give you hope?  Not just stories that make you feel good for the moment, but stories that raise your expectations that the future is a good and holy place? I find myself wandering around in the book of Joshua these days, camped out on the...