In Praise of Small Churches

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Church size is an oddly big deal.  Having just returned from the Shepherds’ Conference,small church I can’t tell you how often I was asked how big “my” church is. While everyone who asked me this at Shepherds’ Conference was well intentioned (they are eager to see our little church plant grow numerically, as am I), it seems to often be informed by that most American of assumptions that bigger is better. A couple of weeks ago a 2nd generation mega-church pastor bashed small churches sinfully and vociferously in a sermon that went viral (in fairness this pastor posted a 160 character sort of apology on twitter) and in response many have issued defenses of small churches, some better than others.… Continue reading

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How Churches Solve

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It’s one thing for a church or ministry to make a decision on a new project or program and we talked about the processes for that previously. But what about fixing a previous decision that’s broken, or dealing with some sort of problem? That’s our subject this time: How Churches Solve.

Now let’s start with a disclaimer, no one can build a plausible paradigm to solve every problem. Some problems are simply intractable: they either can never be solved, or at best they can only be managed, like sports analyst Dan Patrick’s catchphrase, “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.”… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics; Reintroduction

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Back to BasicsOver the course of ParkingSpace23’s existence there have been a variety of posts published by our contributors under the heading “Back to the Basics.” It would appear the goal of these posts is to help provide a foundation for understanding topics which in many cases might be considered fundamental to the Faith. Having gone back to review many of these older posts I have discovered what a great resource they truly are to all folks who have questions regarding the topics addressed. Therefore, on behalf of my fellow contributors and our readers it is my desire to do a type of “reset” of this portion of the blog.… Continue reading

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Don’t try to be Awesome, be Faithful

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This week I’m enjoying the Shepherds’ Conference with 3000 of my closest friends at a church where I served on pastoral staff for 4 years. I am forever indebted to Grace Community Church for providing a green house for the teaching at The Master’s Seminary to come to life. I loved serving this church and these people. But let’s face it, most of us will not have massive throngs of people lined up to hear us wax eloquent on the book of Hebrews week after week. Do you ever feel like your life is not “strategic” enough for gospel work? Have you ever stopped to wonder where we got our ideas about strategy? … Continue reading

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How to Care for Your Pastor (Reprise)

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** With Shepherds’ Conference this week, many of your pastors are away attending the conference. Here are some great exhortations from Shawn Wilhite, a man who loves the Lord, the local church, and his pastor. **

the-shepherdHow do you, as a congregation, care for your pastors? Pastors are tired, yet joyful; discouraged, yet constantly refreshed; and they have one of the most joyful, rewarding, and refining work. But how do and should congregational members care for their pastors—even associate pastors or staff?

It was during my time in Seminary I was introduced to this idea. How are we to nurture and care for our pastors?… Continue reading

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