ARE YOU A PASTOR OR PART OF A MINISTRY TEAM WRESTLING with routine, long-standing church programs that have flatlined and volunteers feeling burnout? Are you struggling to identify the right programs to reach your community that can remove the invisible “member’s only” sign at the church door? Learn and integrate The Stranger to Neighbor ExperienceContinue reading “COULD YOUR CHURCH HAVE THE WRONG TYPE OF CHURCH PROGRAMS?”
From the story of Esther, a biblical queen to Meghan, the modern princess, how will you seek to love across cultural boundaries?
It’s time to begin the conversation!
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, If ever a pastor had a reason to bring their congregation into discomfort, it was this morning. If ever there was a moment to follow Christ, it was today.
This is a true “Awaken Our Hearts” story and a vision of intentional discipleship towards making Christ known. Many times I have written about embracing diversity and inclusion, especially in areas of church leadership. The story below highlights how one church through their openness of welcoming someone who was different from them, found a pastor willingContinue reading “This is what Stranger to Neighbor Ministry looks like in the church…..”
Recently an article was published about issues of multi-cultural training at Duke Divinity School. You can read about it here. I commented on several blogs but I wanted to raise my voice in this space to unveil the discourse of diversity and inclusion in a very unlikely place, Duke Divinity School, a seminary training futureContinue reading “My Response to “Divinity, Diversity and Division””
“God use me to open the hearts of your people and the doors of this church. Amen.”
How will you begin to welcome the stranger to share the Gospel and love of Christ?
Church communities are changing their ways. What’s the best way to discover it? Read on…
I love a great quote when I see one. Over the past few weeks I have been preparing to speak to pastors in North Carolina about reaching community. Multicultural ministry remains a buzz word, especially in homogenous churches claiming diversity. But here’s the truth. True diversity begins when twenty percent of your congregation is differentContinue reading “Come, Come, Whoever You Are…the doors are open. May we affirm that truth with our acts of hospitality. And, in our midst, may there always be room for one more. — Rev. Alicia Forde”
The division in our nation is national news. As we gather in the comfort of pews in the coming months, some joyfully breathe a sigh of relief and some fear for what’s ahead. We continue to hear our world in terms of us and them. What is next for our nation? As people of God,Continue reading “What’s Next?”
“Love is in the air In the whisper of the tree Love is in the air In the thunder of the sea And I don’t know if I’m just dreaming Don’t know if I feel safe But it’s something that I must believe in And it’s there when you call out my name” TheContinue reading “In The Air”
Are you serving the changing demographics of your community?
Diversity is one of the most misused words spoken in our churches today. I often hear pastors and church leaders speak of diversity, but diversity is a very broad term. Here’s the question to help you move your church towards understanding the full range of meaning of the word. Is there an intercultural ministry mindsetContinue reading “One Thing Your Congregation Can Teach You About Diversity”
If we seek boundless ministry, we must be willing to step outside our own boundaries and engage in change.
I believe our very nature is to stay where we are, with what we know. Moving outside our comfort zones often becomes the challenge. Recently someone asked me, “How can we really serve our community in new ways? I believe the answer lies in the question, “Are you prepared to serve the changing demographics ofContinue reading “Are you prepared?”