Archive for November 2013

We Need a Young Pastor! And Other Myths

One of the more common assumptions of the aging folk in a body of believers is that their congregation would benefit from a young pastor whom they assume would better relate to (and attract) the younger generation – the Millennials or Generation Ys (those who came of age at the turn of the millennium). In…

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Strategies Towards Multicultural Worship

We will agree that the mission of God is to create a people with representatives from every tribe and nation. It seems to me that one cannot read Revelation 4 and conclude otherwise. Of course, affirming the mission of God differs from participating in the mission of God. Local congregations which do both, embrace God’s…

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Miracles Follow the Plow

There are two kinds of ground: fallow ground and ground that has been broken up by the plow. The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow. Such a field, as it lies year after year, becomes a familiar landmark to the crow and the…

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The Ideal Senior Pastor or "1st" Chair

In response to my blog on the Ideal Associate Pastor or “2nd Chair”, I received a request to write about the qualities of the ideal Senior Pastor or “1st Chair.” That request led me to consult with some Associate Pastors from whom I received great insight, the kind I wish I would have received while…

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