Churches Should Be More Like _____

Catherine A. Caimano's latest post suggests the church should be more like a gym.  As a clergyperson who serves as a denominational executive for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, she regularly participates in the worship life of a number of congregations.  Based on the dissonance between her observations of how Sunday morning worship focused most local congregations are and her understanding of what a local community of faith should be, she suggests a shift is needed. Like a Read More …

Should Church Be More Like an Apple Store?

Michael Buckingham is the founder of Holy Cow Creative (a church creativity and design studio) and the creative director for the Center for Church Communication and Church Marketing Sucks.  A few weeks ago he blogged about the tendency of churches to take ourselves and our rules too seriously, which is in complete contrast to typical Apple store environment.  To illustrate the "all are welcomed" approach of Apple stores, he shared a YouTube video of Mark Malkoff attempting to determine just what Read More …

Learning from Starbucks

Leonard Sweet's The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living with a Grande Passion has helped many people give greater consideration to lessons the church can learn from Starbucks.  In an interview about the book, Sweet addressed the need for the church to learn to be more EPIC: Carpenter: In your book, you focus heavily on an acronym you have created called EPIC.  It stands for Experiential, Participatory, Image Rich, and Connective.  How does this connect a coffee shop with the Church? Sweet: Read More …