Stop Going to Church

If church is a place you go to, stop going. Stop 'going' to church. Church is not a destination. Church is not a building, an address or even a worship service. You don't go to church like you go to the store, go to school, or go to a ball game, because church is not a building.In fact, the word 'church' shouldn't even be in the Bible. In Jesus' famous statement from Matthew 16:18, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not o … [Read more...]

9 Types of Quirky People in Your Church

Let's be honest, sometimes church people are weird. They're quirky. Anyone who's been to high school knows the power of labels. Whether you're a 'cheerleader,' 'jock,' 'band nerd,' or 'mathlete,' your label defines you. It shouldn't be this way, but it is. Why do the hard work of actually getting to know someone when you can just stick a label on them? Even in church, we have labels. We shouldn't, but we do. Maybe one of these labels describes you or the person in the next pew over:1. … [Read more...]

Repost: 10 Things the Church Puts Ahead of Reaching People

Yesterday this blog post just passed 250,000 page views, making it the most viewed blog post on my site by far (by roughly around 243,000 page views!) In honor of that milestone (and because I wanted a day off), here's the post once again. Originally posted March 23, 2015. You would think the Great Commission is clear enough: Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. Unfortunately, too many churches put other things ahead of reaching people. Here are 10 of the … [Read more...]

The #1 Thing That Drives People Away From Church

If you listened to seminaries, you might think the answer was the biblical faithfulness of the preaching. If you listened to the ones who complain the most in the church, you might think the answer was the style of music or the overall decadence of society.Several weeks ago I asked a question on Facebook: If you ever left church for a significant portion of time, what was it that drove you away? Here were the answers I got:[My husband] and I both were very involved in youth groups … [Read more...]

10 (More) Things the Church Puts Ahead of Reaching People

A week ago I wrote a blog post titled 10 Things the Church Puts Ahead of Reaching People. I had absolutely no idea what kind of deep reservoir I had tapped into when I wrote those thoughts. The blog quickly went viral with over 175,000 views in the first week. More than that, many of you engaged, leaving comments with your experiences and other things that you would add to that list. In honor of your great interaction and some incredible comments, I want to share 10 (More) Things the Church Puts … [Read more...]

7 Things The Church Puts Ahead of Reaching People

On Monday I wrote a (surprisingly viral) blog post about 10 Things the Church Puts Ahead of Reaching People. I had no idea the chord I would strike with this post as it's been shared over 6,000 times on Facebook and viewed over 37,000 times in the first four days. That post was a written version of what I shared verbally with my church in my most recent sermon. Here's the video version of Monday's viral post (I had edited it down to 7 Things for time … [Read more...]

The Way Forward Past the 10 Things

I honestly didn't know Monday's post would strike such a chord with people (1000 Facebook shares and 6000 page views in two days). It was a written form of something I preached last Sunday. Apparently it resonated. According to my wife, it gave voice to something people have been feeling for years.So now that I've opened up this pandora's box of emotion, let me see if I can help chart a way forward. Here was the Next Step for Sunday's sermon, the way we could put the truths we learned i … [Read more...]

10 Things the Church Puts Ahead of Reaching People

You would think the Great Commission is clear enough: Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. Unfortunately, too many churches put other things ahead of reaching people. Here are 10 of the biggest:Location - Some people are tied to an address. Church is an address, a location. I’ve seen churches die because their people moved away and they weren’t willing to reach the new folks in their neighborhood.Buildings/Architecture - For some, the bricks and mortar are what mak … [Read more...]

The First and Most Important Thing We Talk About at Every Staff Meeting

No, it's not Bible or prayer. Although those are two very spiritual answers, the primary goal of Mt Vernon's staff meeting* is not to have a Bible study, but to plan and maintain the health and growth of the church. As a guy that's worked at a local church for thirteen years now, I've been to a myriad of staff meetings. There are basics you need to cover: the upcoming calendar, events, allocation of resources, any conflicts between staff members or programs, and of course, depending on the week, … [Read more...]

Married People #4 – Love God First

The sermon below is the fourth installment in our Married People series. Enjoy!https://vimeo.com/111456842 … [Read more...]


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