Why Dropping Sunday School Could Save the Soul of Your Church
(Excerpted from: Sunday Schooling Our Kids Out of Church! The True Story of How One Congregation Dropped Sunday School to Save its Soul) The latest statistics paint a disturbing picture of faith trends in the U.S. Although 70% of the… Read More
Why Church Matters to Your Kids—Part 4: Reason #3 is…
If Jesus matters to us, then what matters to Jesus will matter to us. If it matters to us that Jesus matters to our kids, then what matters to Jesus will matter to our kids. The Church matters to Jesus… Read More
Why Church Matters to Your Kids–Part 3: Reason #2 is…
In my first two posts on this issue I have argued that the Church matters…and that it matters to your children. I offered the first reason for why I believe this to be true in the last post: The… Read More
Why Church Matters to Your Kids–Part 2: Reason #1 is…
As I cited in my first post on this subject, church attendance among Christians has been in serious decline. Where a generation ago those considered “regulars” attended 3-4 times per month, today “regulars” attend once every 4-6 weeks! And these… Read More
Why Church Matters to Your Kids, Part 1: Does the Church Matter?
Philip Yancey, in his book, What’s so Amazing About Grace, opens up with a gut-wrenching story about a man who was approached by a prostitute in Chicago. She was homeless, broke, sick, and unable to feed her 2-year-old daughter. Through… Read More
Confessions of a (Former) Seeker Church Pastor
I was the Associate Pastor of a large, Lutheran, Seeker-driven congregation in the Phoenix area from 1984-March 2005. And I loved every minute of it! Every day was energized by the creative passion to find new ways to connect with… Read More
Are Children’s/Youth Ministries the New Leper Colonies?
The little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them…(Matthew 20:13) The disciples had a knack for protecting Jesus from those… Read More
Sunday Schooling Our Kids Out of Church
About 40 years ago a profound shift took place in many Christian congregations across the country…for all the right reasons…with one troubling unintended consequence: In the 1960’s and 1970’s, my generation, Baby Boomers, rebelled against the “institutional church” just as… Read More