The “Big C” Church has never been about earthly power. Never has, never will. The true Church has never desired to have control, because their kingdom is not of this world. One day Jesus will return and establish His theocracy, a world government based on His Lordship, with willing subjects who lead with love. But for now, the power of the Church is found in healing, serving, and pursuing justice…in bringing God’s shalom. When Jesus left His Father’s side, and became human li
Organizations (and leaders) must have a certain amount of change and challenge in order to be fully alive with new questions and decisions that force us to engage with God and his Kingdom more fully and deeply. Growth only comes from change. In his seminal book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Hungarian author and psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi gives a fascinating account of a native North American tribe in British Columbia. He writes: “The Shushwap region w
The love story of Jacob and Rachel in Genesis 29 begins with some serious passion! But somewhere down the road, though, Jacob & Rachel inevitably got tired of pitching the tent and feeding the sheep. It's the drudgery of routine. In fact, years later after being unable to have children, Rachel dumps on Jacob and says, “If you can’t give me children I’m going to die”, knowing that the problem wasn’t Jacob because he was having babies galore with Leah. Jacob gets angry and shou
Does your church have a reputation for being generous? As a leader in your church, the buck (no pun intended) stops with you. Generosity is such a powerful virtue, so winsome, so easy for anyone to understand. Generosity is a spiritual force that affects people at a spiritual level, simply because it reflects the generous heart of the Father. Jesus constantly hammered His disciples on this. Listen to Matthew 5:16 from the Message translation:
“Now that I’ve put you there on
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