Orginally published on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 6:48 AM
by Todd Rhoades
In today's buzz... how to make your church grow; Willow Creek is doing just fine, thank you; when to close a church; Crowder; and questions that will amaze and annoy all pastors...
Jesus Returns to Earth, Not as a Baby… but as a Tree
Oh my… Members of a Memphis church say they’ve seen a divine image in the trunk of a tree. Members of the St. Michaels Church on Summer Avenue say the bark pattern on a tree near their parking lot resembles the face of Jesus. HT to Bible Belt Blogger. You can see the manifestation here.
Just for the record… Willow Creek is Alive and Well… All Summer!
Last Friday, I posted this about Willow Creek closing for the summer with the big disclaimer: PS—It’s Friday, and of course this story is complete bogus. --Todd. Yesterday, i received an email from a well-meaning pastor: “I want to ask you to do a little more investigating on the Willow creek closing for the summer. It did not settle with me right since monday and I checked out the website of Willow creek and they have services scheduled all summer. So I went the next step and called willow creek and I spoke with a woman working in the Book store located in the willow creek complex. I shared this closing with her and she asked for the website becasue they are unaware and have services scheduled throughout the summer. So I think it would be a good idea for you to investigate and then issue an apology if your findings are like mine.” BUSTED!
Stop Preaching Crappy Sermons...
You’ve got to like The Fearsome Pirate’s guidelines for church growth. They include things like “Stop preaching crappy sermons”; “Your praise band sucks. Get rid of it;” and “They’re supposed to be announcements, not Chinese Water Torture.” You can see his other methodology here…
When Should a Church Close?
“"The congregation has realized that we are not able to function as a good steward for God in a facility that size. Our congregation is on the aging side and they are not capable of doing the work they have done in past years.” Read the article here.
Trick Questions for Your Pastor
Have someone in your church who always tries to trip you up with some kind of stupid or irrelevant question? This article has a whole list of questions that pastors hate. Things like: “Why did God not like Cain’s vegetable sacrifice but loved Abel’s cooked meat?” or “Why does the Apostle Paul, who writes most of the New Testament, NEVER quote Jesus, tell a story of his life or death, discuss a miracle or teaching?” or “If Herod killed all the little children under two to get at Jesus, who escaped, can we not say the little children had to die for Jesus before he died for them?” Click here for more questions (and answers).
It’s a Crowder Thursday!
I’m headed up to NorthRidge Church in Detroit for the David Crowder concert. Man, it’s gonna be fun!
Free Podcast: How to Handle Criticism
From Nelson Searcy and Roy Mansfield. They discuss ways to handle the ministry criticism that is inevitable in any church. Here’s the link...
That’ll do it for today… Have a great one!
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