8 Steps for a More Successful Stewardship Sunday

This time of year brings our annual celebration of Stewardship Sunday when we talk about our stewardship of our local parish church, our investment in this part of Christ’s kingdom movement, here in Timonium, Maryland. Here are 8 things we do that have helped make our stewardship appeals quite successful in recent years: #1. We […]

Self- Promotion

When we first approached the reality that our book was going to really be published I found myself becoming sheepish and shy about it all. Perhaps the prospect of a lot of attention scared me, or maybe it was the idea of seeming prideful or egotistical that was painful. Whatever the reason, I didn’t want […]

Discipleship and Evangelization

So long awaited and eagerly anticipated our second ever Conference, Matter14, is now history. And it was historic too. With 150 member ministers helping to host our standing room only capacity crowd of 550 + guests from about 20 different states and 5 countries, it was an amazing two days. And we had so much […]

Unhealthy Church Culture

As we argued in Rebuilt one of the, if not the main problem in parishes today is culture. Culture is a system of beliefs that guide a community’s behaviors, shapes their priorities, and ultimately determines the allocation of resources. More than ever these days we hear culture discussed in the secular community, especially when it […]

Church Revitalization: 5 Reasons It Works (When It Works)

Everybody is talking about Evangelization and Discipleship these days. There are also no dearth of people willing to tell us how to do it (sometimes carrying a hefty price tag for doing so). Then there are the people who are successfully doing it. As I travel the country speaking to parishes and diocese, I have […]

Learn and Grow as You Go

If you were to ask me to pin point the exact moment in time when we changed course as a parish community and started deliberately moving in a more successful direction, I could tell you without hesitation. One day, several frustrating years into working here, Tom Corcoran, then our Youth Minister, walked into my office […]

10 Reasons You Should Attend Matter: Reasons 7-8-9-10

MATTER 14 is our second ever Church conference for parish leaders. It is scheduled for November 6 & 7. Here are some important reasons you should attend, and bring your team. Reason #7 This year the conference is a two-day event, we begin on Thursday evening and run through Friday afternoon. As such, it’s going […]

10 Reasons You Should Attend Matter: Reasons 4-5-6

Little more than a month from now (November 6 & 7) Church of the Nativity will be hosting our second ever Church Conference. It’s called Matter and I’ve been blogging about why you should attend (see previous post for reasons #1-3). Here are some more reasons to attend:  Reason #4 You should attend Matter because […]

10 Reasons You Should Attend Matter

10 Reasons You Should Attend Matter Reasons 1-3 On November 6 & 7th we will be hosting our second ever Church Conference, we call it Matter. Here are reasons why you should attend. Reason #1: Matter is a unique event for pastors, parish leaders, staff and volunteer ministers, interested parishioners, anyone who is interested in […]

Vision

We have all heard it said that timing is everything. And when it comes to God’s timing, it’s perfect. In the Bible, the prophet Habakkuk understood that well. He speaks words of hope and inspiration to God’s people, amidst a period filled with daunting challenges. Despite the difficulties, Habakkuk sees God poised and ready to […]