Serving Simply

Good Shepherd's focus on simplicity is changing how we do serving ministries.We want to give the people of the church a simple, monthly, meaningful serving opportunity through what we call First Serve.The concept is similar to our Pathfinder approach to small group...

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Methodism, Complexity, & Mediocrity

In yesterday's post, I drew a link between a church's complexity and its mediocrity.Unfortunately, the typical Methodist Church is an inherently complex being. Here are just a few examples of the intricacies of the system:The pastor-in-charge reports to four different...

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In-N-Out Burger & Church

Most of us on the East Coast aren't familiar with In-N-Out Burger, a California-based fast food chain. You can read more about it here.The stores are known for their simple, focused menus. You won't find a chicken sandwich or a taco salad, for example, at any In-N-Out...

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LoveDare Week Four

LoveDare has its finale this week.I happen to think we've saved the best for last.It's called After The Thrill Is Gone and it will be all about the impact of your mind on your closest relationships.Once again, this series has showed us the power of branding and focus....

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Madness Memories

In honor of today's start of March Madness, here are my top NCAA basketball memories. A good number of them happened well before the term "March Madness" was even coined. That means I'm old.Bill Walton of UCLA going 21-22 against Memphis State in the finals of the...

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Vision Over Visibility

There is a masterful line in U2's "Moment Of Surrender" off the new CD No Line On The Horizon:At the moment of surrender,of vision over visibility . . . So vision is different than visibility. Vision sees what fog obscures. Vision turns the "not yet" into the "will...

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Watch & See That The Lord Is Good

There are two schools of thought when it comes to what the music portion of a Sunday service should be like in terms of engaging people who are in the worship space but don't yet believe in Christ. (By the way, we hope and pray we have many such people each week.)One...

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Theological Jealousy

In its current issue on Ten Ideas That Are Changing The World, Time magazine lists the rising influence of Calvinist theology as idea #3. I have to admit that my heart sank upon seeing it. In case you don't know, Calvinism is a stream in the larger river of Christian...

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The Power Of Focus

Last night I served as a "guide" for our Pathfinder LoveDare group. Fourteen of us met in a private room at a local Chik-Fil-A (who knew CFAs even had private rooms?!).Do you know what was the best thing about the group? The Chicken Sandwich dinner with cole slaw as a...

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Best Songs You’ve Never Heard Of

Occasionally you come across songs that are so good, so powerful, and so unknown. There are a couple of reasons for this: a) they come from obscure artists; or b) they are forgotten tracks on an otherwise popular album by a major artist.Whatever the case, here's a...

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