Bulletproofing Your Church

Prevent fires where you can and extinguish them quickly when you must.

You could call this article “Where have all the people gone?” Or “Why are so many pastors leaving?”   Churches are smaller, and not everyone who left is home watching Andy Stanley on YouTube. Most of those who are gone are just that—gone!   Truth is, churches and leaders are a smaller band on the …

A Pruning or Just a Mess? Read More »

After seeing last week’s YouTube video one of my friends commented, “Ralph’s on another anti-legalism tirade. I guess I am and maybe have lived on one for most of my adult life. Back when I was a youth pastor I knew an upstanding Bible-believing man who refused to come to church with his family. Someone …

Another Anti-legalism Rant Read More »

I’ve been taking some heat lately. A few weeks ago I published a free book – How Nearly Anyone Can Start a Microchurch. That triggered frustration in several people who judged the book by its cover. “You’re saying just any person who wants to leave our church and pull a bunch of people can just …

Little Foxes and Other Legalisms Read More »

We who follow Jesus Christ are struggling because we live in a world of increasing secularism. Worse, it’s radical secularism that would do away with the church as we know it. Biblical values get called out as hate speech things. Because these are challenging times, we must reappraise ourselves, where we are and how we …

On Being Salt & Light Read More »

Will the U.S. Church Survive? If So, In What Shape? Someone responded to a recent blog with two painful questions: At the present rate of “growth,” how long will Christianity survive in the U.S.? At the current rate of “growth,” what kind of churches will be left in 10-15 years? Our Growth is Negative For …

The Incredible Shrinking Church Read More »

Buildings come with limitations—then again, they bring options we often overlook. Time and its implications for your church campus is a more significant issue than you may realize. Retail stores understand time better than we do, while online support services sometimes don’t. What am I getting at? Well, we all think in three dimensions when …

Time: The Fourth Dimension of Space Read More »

Wow, times are tough! The virus is resurging. Churches are closing. Pastors are quitting. And many congregations find themselves locked out of the place they used to rent. An Acts 8 Crisis Maybe we shouldn’t look at these as tough times, but more like normal. Jesus never told us it would be easy—in fact, he …

Locked Out–Rethinking Church Use of Space Read More »