Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday Roundup: "Ten Comments from Happy Church Guests" and More

Ten Comments from Happy Church Guests

I recently looked at my file of church guest “exit interviews.” These files originated when I did a lot of church consulting, but it also includes some recent consults. In essence, my team asked guests to attend a worship service on the same day to get their immediate impressions of the church. Among those who had a positive experience, we heard a pattern of recurring themes. Here are the top ten responses in order of frequency. Each item is followed by a direct quote from a guest. Read More

7 of the Quickest Ways to Frustrate People on a Team

I have learned there are some actions, which can frustrate people faster than others. This might be a good time to do some self-reflection. As you read these, don’t be quick to think of others – although certainly there will be some of this too – but consider your own actions when you (or I) may frustrate people on your team. Read More

7 Hiring Mistakes That Could Cost Your Church Over $100,000 are seven hiring mistakes you want to avoid at all costs. Read More

9 Practical Ways to Increase Giving In Your Church

Candidly, I’ve hesitated to write a post like this because I don’t like the potential risk of “trivializing” giving by making a simple list. Giving to Kingdom work is a profound, life changing and deeply personal process for each person in your church. For every leader, it requires artful and prayerful leadership to inspire a congregation to give. That said, I know how much stress pastors and church leaders carry about church finances. So my hope is that this “simple” list is helpful, encouraging, easily accessible and therefore worth the risk. Read More

Pig Blood and Glowing Sand

According to recent polls, more than a third of self-identified white evangelical voters currently support a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who touts a false story about an American general executing Muslim terrorists with bullets dipped in pig blood as inspirational for the future of American foreign policy (and who endorses the killing of non-combatants in the fight against ISIS). Another one in five white evangelical voters currently support Ted Cruz, who has suggested carpet bombing Syria, saying, “I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.” Read More

Uganda to boycott ACC meeting in Lusaka

The Church of Uganda will boycott the April meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka. In a letter dated 23 Feb 2016 the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali said comments made by ACC chairman Dr. James Tengatenga...that the Americans could not be kept away from the meeting, and statements by Episcopal Church leaders that they would pay no heed to the primates’ call that their church withdraw from pan-Anglican bodies for three years inevitably led to this outcome. Read More

Uganda: Archbishop’s Lenten Appeal to Pray for Uganda and the Anglican Communion

As you know, the Church of Uganda’s Provincial Assembly has resolved that the Church of Uganda will not participate in meetings of the Anglican Communion until godly order is restored, including demonstrating that it is capable of restoring godly order. This has not yet happened. The Church of Uganda, therefore, will not be participating in the upcoming April meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Lusaka. Read More

Muslims converting to Christianity in Nigeria, despite brutal persecution

Muslims are converting to Christianity in northern Nigeria amid rapidly rising levels of Christian persecution, which has seen more than ten thousand Christians killed in five years, according to a new report released today. Read More

Turkey: Christians face eviction in town's last remaining church

Christians in the last remaining church in a Turkish town face eviction after the city council refused to allow them to continue worshipping. Read More

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