Your 2016 Church Goals Should Start Here

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The most powerful reason the church is struggling in North America right now is that the church’s way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to the norms of the culture. Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates with the assumption that their job is to make their ministry [Read More...]

Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness

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I’m happy to be participating in an ad hoc blog tour for a new book written by a new friend of mine named Dan White. The book is called Subterranean. My assignment was to engage with Chapter Two… so here goes:   Subterranean Ch. 2: Excessive Personality Dan begins with a recollection of his third [Read More...]

4 Mistakes Leaders Make While Trying to Avoid Vulnerability

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“The hardest lesson I’ve had to learn as a leader is this: If I am not vulnerable, I am not leading.” Shrink, p.44   “We must lead from a position of vulnerability. Most people think that leadership is the exercise of power, but it is not. Leadership that has been informed and transformed by Christ [Read More...]

The MegaChurch is Like An Athlete On Steroids

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If the church is the body of Christ, then the megachurch is like an athlete on steroids. Every major city has a bevy of churches drawing between 5k-25k people. To get a body to grow that big leaders have to use some sort of performance enhancer. These things—typically models, strategies, and techniques gleaned not from the gospel or [Read More...]

J.R. Woodward Engages With Shrink at the V3 Blog Today

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I am excited to see that J.R. Woodward at V3 Church Planting Movement is engaging with Shrink on his blog today. You can read the full article at his site. J.R. is crashing together themes from Shrink, Slow Church, and the recent attention given to Amazon.com’s work/leadership culture. It’s a pretty interesting read. Here’s a quick excerpt: Too [Read More...]

What is the Path to Human Freedom? (It’s Not What You Think It Is)

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Freedom is a big deal in our culture—the founding virtue of American society—despite the fact that most of us have a naïve understanding of what we mean when we claim to be free. Freedom is typically defined as self-determination; no limits. We are free to do whatever we want to do, so long as we [Read More...]

Why the Church Is In Decline…

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I love the church. I believe in the church. I believe in the church maybe more than I believe in any other thing in this world. The church is the surest sign I know of that God loves everything he’s created; that God is not done with the world. The church is the singular reality [Read More...]

How does the word Christian modify the word Leader?

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Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates under the same underlying assumption that their main job is to make their church or ministry grow. This assumption is typically not a conscious thought, although it is in many cases. The assumption is highly operative, and uncritically accepted, even though if you asked them about [Read More...]

Why the “Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian” Isn’t Our Problem

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The New York Times reported earlier this week on the sharp decline in the number of Americans who self-identify as Christians. I’m guessing Christians will likely blame this on shifting cultural values or some other outside phenomenon. As for my take, I think the church should probably be able to manage faithfulness with or without cultural approval. [Read More...]

New Shrink Video Releases Today: A Creative Introduction

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Author readings are all over youtube.com, but I’ve never seen an author take any care with the medium–make any kind of creative investment in them. I have long thought author reading videos could have value beyond their use as a promotional tool. They could exist as a creative way to experience the author’s voice first [Read More...]


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