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How To Kill Methodism (And Other Christian Traditions, For That Matter)

How To Kill Methodism (And Other Christian Traditions, For That Matter)

In my lifetime, I have heard all sorts of reasons advanced for the decline of the church, including the Methodist Church. of which I am a part. Television. Sunday sport. Broken families. New atheists. World War One. The Swinging Sixties. Postmodernism. And it’s largely bunk. We aren’t being killed by outside forces, we’re doing a pretty good job ourselves. Our story is one of slow motion suicide. In a blog post on the 100 Movements website, missiologist Alan Hirsch cites…

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How The Church Colludes In The Dangerous Myth Of The Omnicompetent Minister

How The Church Colludes In The Dangerous Myth Of The Omnicompetent Minister

Anyone who has been a minister more than five minutes knows they are not good at everything the rôle demands. And any half-decent congregation knows they cannot expect their minister to excel in every department. A common solution is to accept the imperfection, and look for different strengths in the next minister (who will have a new collection of weaknesses). We lecture those church members who complain about a minister’s failure in the omnicompetence department. When church leadership teams have had…

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Does The Church Need Visionaries Or Managers?

Does The Church Need Visionaries Or Managers?

“I’ve had an idea,” I told Debbie. “We should invite Dave Bilbrough to come to the church for a concert. It would help make people here feel that they matter just as much in a village as in a big town.” Debbie flashed me her practiced look of loving scorn. “OK – so who’s going to sell the tickets, who will do the sound, who will take on the refreshments, who will design the publicity?” There were probably quite a…

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Can An Introvert Minister Survive The Church?

Can An Introvert Minister Survive The Church?

She yanked me from my seat while I was still eating. “You should be going around to every table, speaking to everyone! You need to speak to Eddie!” It was the harvest festival lunch. Church members were sat around tables in the hall, consuming chicken salad. A family had invited me to sit with them at their table for the meal, and I had accepted. I was enjoying spending a prolonged time getting to know them. But she didn’t approve….

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