5 Steps to Lead Your Church to Be Innovative

There is a natural resistance or pushback when I talk with church people about innovation. I try to point out that the reason that the Christian movement has not only survived but also prospered over the years is the willingness of believers to learn, grow and...

A New But Familiar Way to Raise Disciples

My first-grade teacher was an innovator. She pushed the desks against the wall and placed carpets on the floor. We often sat in a circle and learned by stories, songs and interactive games. After that first year, it was 11 years of desk rows, lectures and copying...

Churches Must Move Beyond Sunday-Morning Huddle

One of the final plays in Super Bowl XLIX will be discussed for a long time – the decision in the Seattle Seahawk’s huddle to pass rather than run the football on the 1-yard line. That decision resulted in a game-ending interception and loss and offered an...

Forcing New Ministry Methods into Old Structures

In a recent faculty senate meeting at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, President Molly Marshall referred to Matthew 9:17 in her devotional: “Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the...

When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win

On Dec. 1, 1990, Phillippe Cozette, a French construction worker, reached a grimy hand through a tiny crack in a rock wall and grabbed the similarly dirty hand of Graham Fagg of Great Britain. That handshake, between a Frenchman and an Englishman, with its careful...