No Homefield Advantage

As a younger pastor, I learned that I had respectability in the community. I’ve been asked to speak and pray before various groups that weren’t specifically Christian. I’ve even had a few opportunities in public schools. Those opportunities are gone or at least fading. Some wring their hands over the situation and talk about theContinue reading “No Homefield Advantage”

Reaching Millennials

Too many congregations are weighted with mostly older adults. The Millennials, born between 1980 to 2000, are our largest generation, surpassing even the Baby-Boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964. According to Pew Research, there are 72.1 million Millennials. Those of us who are older may have concluded that Millennials, on the whole, don’tContinue reading “Reaching Millennials”

Encouragement for Churches

There’s a lot to feel down about for believers and congregations. We hear statistics about fewer people identifying as Christians and the rise of the nones–those who don’t identify with any religion or faith. The nones can be explained as basic honesty. Formerly, it was advantageous to profess Christianity and be a part of aContinue reading “Encouragement for Churches”

An Essential for Church Growth

During my time as a pastor, I’ve witnessed too many congregations that are inwardly focused. People were focused on their own preferences. I heard about one church years ago where the older members threatened to withhold their giving unless they were catered to. They wanted a bus so they could be taken on trips. ToContinue reading “An Essential for Church Growth”

Book Review: From Queer to Christ

Carneal, George. From Queer to Christ: My Journey Into the Light, 2016 I saw a brief interview with the author and decided to buy the book, read it and review it. Carneal grew up in the family of a Southern Baptist pastor in the southern United States. He had effeminate traits, such as carrying hisContinue reading “Book Review: From Queer to Christ”