Search for a Church – Taking Recommendations

Almost every study I have ever read finds that at least 3 out of every 4 people find a new church because of a recommendation. More specifically, someone already involved in a community of faith invited them to visit. So What? Now that my search for a church is in its fifth month, I am taking recommendations. In other words, feel free to invite me to your church - especially if you really think I would be a good fit. (If you have no idea whether or not I would be a good fit simply share Read More …

Millions More Leaving Organized Religion

The rise of the nones (those people claiming no religious affiliation) has been a popular topic of conversation since well before I started this blog in 2009.  As one who has long been involved in leadership positions within so-called organized religion, I find this ongoing shift has significant implications for Christian communities of faith. Earlier this month the Public Religion Research Institute shared the latest statistic: 22% of American adults are now nones.  There are, however, many Read More …

America’s Most Charitable Cities

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published its annual "How America Gives" special report.  It includes information about the most charitable large cities (only the 50 largest metropolitan areas were considered) in the United States based on how much people within the city give to charitable causes.   Within this list: only 2 cities had giving rates of 5% or greater, 7 of the top 10 cities had higher giving rates in 2012 than in 2006, and the bottom half of the cities featured Read More …

New $130 Million Church Campus

First Baptist Church of Dallas is about to celebrate the opening of its new 500,000 square foot campus.  The new facility cost $130 million, which is "believed to be the largest church building campaign in modern history."  The celebrations will include: March 24 - lighting of the cross tower and fountain, March 31 (Easter) - grand opening, and April - a special guest or musician each Sunday as a way of celebrating God's faithfulness. The new campus is a "re-creation, not a Read More …