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Christmas Eve Opportunities

I have discovered over the last several years a surprising source of energy in the preparations for our church’s Christmas Eve worship service. Relative newcomers to the church become the best source of volunteer support for this special night of worship. Typically, one month before Christmas Eve, I begin making general announcements in worship about […] »

10 Ways to Reach the Unchurched for Christmas

10 Ways to Reach the Unchurched for Christmas

The biggest mistake many churches make each Christmas is to hold a quiet Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service for members and leave it at that. That makes Christmas the biggest missed opportunity of the year. Unchurched people want to celebrate Christmas. Here are ten ways your church can help them. 1. Hold multiple services Not […] »

Does Systemic Evil Exist and Does It Matter?

I made a comment about poverty and systemic evil on Twitter, and I was surprised at the response. People were coming out of the woodwork to tell me I was perpetuating a liberal trope. My favorite exchange went something like this: “‘Systemic evil’ isn’t mentioned in the Bible, so it doesn’t exist.” “So if the […] The post Does Systemic Evil Exist an... »

New York Times: Pastor Burnout

Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could. 13% of active pastors are divorced. 23% have been fired or pressured to resign at least once in their careers. 25% don’t know where to turn when... »