Sermon: 1967 Sundays and Counting

Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 13:11, 14 Sermon Excerpt What in the name of God is going on here? What in the name of God is going on with Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ? Nine months ago I started my first sermon as your Transitional Pastor with that same question. After journeying with you for some time, I can begin to answer the question.  FMC UCC is doing a lot, and all we are doing we do in God’s name. While it would be impossible to share all that has Read More …

Churches: Be Who You Are

David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church and founder of Church for Men, recently blogged about the strength that comes when churches know who they are and work within that framework.  For Murrow the importance of such was illustrated when he visited a traditional church that made a poor attempt at offering an occasional contemporary worship service.  His sound counsel for all local congregations follows: . . . be who you are. Do what you do well – and do it over and over. If you Read More …

Single Objective of Youth Ministry

How would you complete the following sentence: The single objective of youth ministry is __________. Youth ministry expert Mark Oestreicher answered the question with Christlikeness.   So What? Youth ministry is typically thought of in terms of what it offers its participants, especially in terms of programs and relationships.  Youth ministry leadership teams would benefit greatly from taking time to explore together why they do what they do.  The simple yet challenging question Read More …

What Makes A Vital Congregation?

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell has served as senior pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, TX since 1982.  During that time the church has grown from around twenty-five active members to over 18,000.  Recently, the Rev. Caldwell was asked, by the United Methodist News Service, "What makes Windsor Village a vital congregation?"  He answered: When I came in 1982, I shared with the administrative council then that we were going to do three things, and we’re still trying to do Read More …