Archive for June 2013

Coincidence? I hope so.

Coincidence?  I hope so. We now witness a countless number of predominantly white young professionals moving to and planting roots in urban areas.  We also witness a record number of church plants by Protestant, white, young professionals in urban areas. At the same time, we witness the movement of many upwardly mobile African Americans to…

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Strategies for Planning Multicultural Worship Services

As a community seeking to embrace God’s mission of a church with representatives from every tribe and nation, how do we go about planning a worship service or liturgy which affirms our Triune God’s gift of diversity. As a pastor who once planted an intentionally multiethnic congregation and now as the Affiliate Professor of Worship…

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ChapterNext: One Year Later

Last year, after about five years of dabbling in church consulting, in general, and in pastor search consulting, in particular, I stepped into this work full-time. Now, about one year later, I look back and thank the Lord for His unimaginable blessings and for allowing me to serve His bride in this way. In the…

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Pastors: Power Made Perfect In Weakness

In just about every age Christ’s ministers have their crises – unpredictable in advance, devastating when the strike. Let me sweep swiftly through seven areas that specify today’s crisis of the ordained ministry. 1.    Criticism. In our immigrant congregations the pastor was the expert in all areas from pulpit to politics. In mid-twentieth century the…

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Fulton (IL) Church Seeks Pastor

Bethel Christian Reformed Church (Fulton, IL), a  congregation located in the small and out-of-the way community of Fulton – and alongside the not so small and out-of-the-way Mississippi River – has begun its search for a new pastor. Bethel Church, a highly relational and dedicated congregation of about 175 members, is known throughout the area…

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