Church identity

  1. Getting to Know the Neighbors: A (Turnaround) Case Study

    Article Getting to Know the Neighbors: A (Turnaround) Case Study

    Epworth UMC, Lexington, Kentucky, circa 1950: a five-hundred-seat sanctuary filled to capacity, a full roster of Sunday school classes, and over one hundred missionaries and…

  2. Adapt to Thrive and Serve

    Article Adapt to Thrive and Serve

    Who is my neighbor?” The lawyer asked Jesus a good question, regardless of what motivated him to ask it. Jesus defined neighbor in the broadest terms, but we have narrowed…

  3. See, Know, and Serve

    Article See, Know, and Serve

    How did St. Paul do it? How did he manage to start and sustain so many different churches, in so many different cultures, in such a time of change? We have the same desire to…

  4. I'm Done Fixing the Church: Turning the Future Over to God

    Article I'm Done Fixing the Church: Turning the Future Over to God

    My friend and fellow young pastor slouched in his office chair and spoke in an exasperated tone. “In the past few years, I have tried everything I know of to help this…

  5. Church Worth Getting Up For

    Article Church Worth Getting Up For

    Over the course of the last few years, I have found myself traveling often and, consequently, attending different churches. Sometimes my wife has been with me, sometimes not. Too…

  6. Go to the People: The Multisite Model of Growth

    Article Go to the People: The Multisite Model of Growth

    The realization hit me as I was standing in the middle of nearly 3,000 people at our largest event of the year—“as large as this group is, it is only a fraction of the …

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