If you haven’t heard about This Is Our City, a new initiative from Christianity Today, I urge you to check it out. This Is Our City is being produced by a team that includes the great Andy Crouch, so you know it’s going to be excellent. And really, I bring this to you because it’s everything I think you will love (because I love it too):compelling stories about people and ministries making a difference, told with artistic excellence, and brought to you on the Web.
To find out more, watch the video below and read this overview. What then? Send it to everyone you know, of course.
Steve Jobs on the branding of Apple. Branding is so important and churches miss the boat so many times. Branding can have to do with mission, your church name, logo, etc. Pastors need to think through branding more because it is how you can be easily remembered and identified in your city. This is why we named ourselves Revolution and use 3 dots for our logo.
Will Mancini on The tyranny of more. He lists out the 6 myths that cause churches to try to do everything. Revolution is a simple church, which means we only do 5 things (worship, groups, mission, students and children’s ministry). It is this clarity that I believe is one of our strengths as a church. I just preached on it if you are interested.
Changing a church culture. Cultures are hard to change because they are so natural in how they come about. You have to change thinking, not just what you do to change a church.
Ed Stetzer’s thoughts on Jim Swilley (a Prominent megachurch pastor) who came out of the closet this week. Stetzer raises some great questions that churches and leaders have to wrestle through in terms of how we respond to homosexuality and what Scripture has to say. While Scripture is clear where God stands on it, we have often missed the boat in communicating that and all the layers to the discussion. We need to do better at communicating truth.
“Thinking about eternity helps us retrieve [perspective]. I’m reminded of this every year when I figure my taxes. During the year, I rejoice at the paychecks and extra income, and sometimes I flinch when I write out the tith and offering. I do my best to be a joyful giver, but I confess it is not always easy, especially when there are other perceived needs and wants. At the end of the year, however, all of that changes. As I’m figuring my tax liability, I wince at every source of income and rejoice with every tithe and offering check – more income means more tax, but every offering and tithe means less tax. Everything is turned upside down, and perhaps, more appropriately, right side up. I suspect judgment day will be like that.” – Gary Thomas, “Wise Christians Clip Obituaries”
5 hard truths for church planters. If you are a planter, thinking about planting, part of a church plant or support someone who is, you need to read this. It is hard to describe what planting does to a person and their family.
Catalyst on why numbers matter. It is easy to forget who we are trying to reach and what we are called to do as a church, but this is a great reminder why numbers matter. What if our churches adopted the rabbit philosophy?