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I have found the book to be interesting

I was reading Frank Schaeffer’s most recent article on Huffington Post and was stopped in my tracks by these statements:

“Why aren’t the mainline denominations pitching their churches’ tolerant and noble humanistic and enlightened views about individual empowerment, community and spiritual rebirth to the spiritually disenfranchised on a larger scale?”“If the mainline churches would work for the next few years in a concerted effort to gather in the spiritual refugees wandering our country they’d be bursting at the seams.”      http://www.larryhollon.com/?p=6307

Ministry Matters™ | Articles | The Reason for a ReStart.

 

According to one report, 188,000 orthodox churches in America today are in need of a reStart. The U.S. has 200,000 orthodox Christian churches, and 300,000 churches overall. What recent history has made very clear is that the mainline church in America is dying. Thom Rainer, in a U.S. study of 1,159 churches (2002), said that 94% of American churches are in decline. Recent church attendance records show that in America, real attendance numbers are not near 40% as previously reported, but a shocking 17.7% (2004). These numbers also report a trend for growth in small (less than 49) and large (over 2000) churches, while a sharp decline in medium-sized churches.

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Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Work-Life Balance

This is a good article that outlines the DNA of high functioning entrepreneurs. It also outlines principles that are diametrically opposed to everything that we teach pastors.  Life balance is one of the major emphasis that we encourage pastors to develop in early interviews as potential ministry candidates are beginning their journey.

As entrepreneurs, we have zero sense of balance. We’re all in, all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, weekday or weekend — each of us focuses on our vision with a single-minded passion.

JEFF STIBEL  Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and author ofWired for Thought.

 

Mainline churches are in desperate need of entrepreneurial pastors who will plant and redevelop churches.  The behavioral DNA of entrepreneurs are nurtured out of a candidate so they will be effective as a pastor in our average churches. The ordination committees really need to rethink their approach to identifying church planters and redevelopment pastors.  We see these entrepreneurial pastors being successful in non denominational settings and as they grow with the congregation most of them develop the life balance necessary to be effective pastors.

A paradigm shift is necessary to attract and support entrepreneurial pastor.  I believe that this has significant implications for all mainline churches.

Finding and Using Music Resources for Contemporary Worship: Dana Scott

Do you often find yourself asking questions like how do I program music for a Contemporary service when I have a fixed budget? How do I build a consistent worship team when I cannot hire professional musicians? How can our evolving electronic world work for my music ministry?

The goal of this workshop is to empower you in your ministry. This session will address the unique challenges of creating a meaningful worship experience as you negotiate questions like those above. With a little creativity and innovation, you can overcome these struggles. Join us, and let’s get started!

 

Dana Scott

Dana Nichole Scott has worked for several years as a Music Minister.  She currently serves as the Accompanist and Praise Band Director for Emmanuel UMC in Laurel. As a pastor’s daughter, Dana was involved in music ministry in church from a young age. She attended two prestigious schools of music and honed her skills.

She teaches piano at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland and has additional students at Emmanuel UMC. She also enjoys accompanying the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis, Arundel Vocal Arts Society, and on occasion the Maryland State Boys’ Choir.  Her clientele also includes: St. Agnes School, Landsdown High School, Loyola University, Loyola-Blakefield, Baltimore School of the Arts, Washington National Opera, and the University of Baltimore County. During her spare time, Dana directs productions in the area and finds time to give back to the community.

 

"If your church is not innovating, it is dying."

“Innovation is changing organizational systems to provide service or produce your product more effectively, efficiently or more profitably. When the organization is crystal clear about the new results that are expected, innovation thrives and eventually becomes a part of the DNA of the organization. The organization that constantly improves stretches, takes risks, and finds new ways of delivering excellence welcomes the changes that are involved with innovation.”

This was a journal entry during the time that I was in a class on creativity and organizational development.  I look at many of the mainline churches in America and realize that the concept of constant innovation is not embedded in their DNA.  Many of these congregations are declining and struggling to reach new people, grow disciples and maintain the active fellowship. They run programs and hold events but never address the systems in the church that produced the challenges that they are currently facing.

Designing intentional systems of faith sharing, stewardship, discipleship, and worship design are essential for a church to be relevant and vital in the 21st century.  Churches that are more concerned with having church in a way that appeases the wants and desires of church members rather than intentionally designing systems to reach the prodigal sons and daughters are voting to close their doors.

There are more prodigals outside the church than disciples who are in our churches.

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