Future Church – More Egalitarian

Church v.2020 - Ten Changes: #2 More Egalitarian – Less Hierarchical When compared with the American church of 2012, the future church (v.2020) will be more egalitarian and less hierarchical.  This shift will be fueled by a greater emphasis on the priesthood of all believers, including efforts to help all within the faith community identify and use their gifts in areas of personal interest and passion; use of technology, especially to help those in the community be more connected (more Read More …

The Introverted Ministry Leader

Adam S. McHugh, Presbyterian pastor and author of Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture (2009), wrote an article in the Summer 2011 edition of Leadership Journal about introverted leaders that included these words: . . . in more than a decade of Christian leadership I have come to see the significant contributions introverts make to others and have learned effective introverted models of leadership.  So we must distinguish between our energy level for a task and Read More …

Full LGBT Equality in the Church

Believe Out Loud is a project of Intersections International that is committed to being a" trans-denominational movement that promotes LGBT-inclusion in the Christian church."  Recently they launched a campaign to get one million Christians to sign on in support of "full LGBT equality in the church."  Sojourners, led by Jim Wallis, rejected their new 83 second ad  (watch below) depicting lesbian moms and their son entering a new church and receiving a welcome from the minister.  Over the last Read More …

The Priesthood of Believers NOT of Staff

Adam McLane of Youth Specialties recently blogged about an all too common functional reality: the priesthood of the believers being in embraced in theory, but not in practice.  He writes: Most people on church staff have no idea how to turn the reigns of their ministry over to the church. It seems counter-productive to lead without holding the reigns. The attitude is generally that church staff are the experts, seminary trained, denominationally ordained and battle-experienced to do the work. Read More …