40+ And The Church / A Matter Of Time

Three weeks ago, I posted a brief survey querying those over 40 about their experience with the local church. I've been sharing results of this survey (here, here and here), and am still collecting responses here if you're interested in sharing your thoughts. It may not be a very scientific instrument, but the results most definitely call further study and conversation.One theme that emerged in the responses to my question about why respondents were more, less or just as involved in their l … [Read more...]

Review: Troubled Minds

I've heard some believers say that mental illness can be reduced to a mind-over-matter issue. "If that depressed person would just apply a little Christian elbow grease by memorizing and applying the Word of God, they'd get over it." I've heard other believers insist that mental illness is always a spiritual issue. "It's demons. End of story."I'm glad to say I've also known believers who've been caring and faithful friends to those suffering from mental illness. There are many more who … [Read more...]

Out To The Margins: Tim Fall

What does honest faith look like? If I head out to the margins, the places at the edge of things where our messiness and Christ’s forgiveness meet, I have the best chance of finding the answer to that question. From time to time, I’d like to introduce you to people I know who’ve followed Jesus out to the margins. You and I may not sign off on each of these friends’ choices or convictions, but I hope their stories will spur you to wander out to the margins yourself. (If you do, let me know who you … [Read more...]

40+ And The Church / Beyond Sunday Morning Church Attendance

Church is where you go on Sunday morning, right?Over 70% of those who've taken my informal survey reported that they attended corporate worship services weekly. At the same time, 42% of those who took the survey noted that they were less involved in the life of their local congregation than they were a decade earlier. Those who attend church aren't tied to the programming of the church as the focus for their spiritual lives like they once were.Those who have maintained or increased their … [Read more...]

40+ Adults And The Church / Outgrowing The Congregation?

Is it possible to spiritually "outgrow" a local congregation?It is not only possible, it happens more often than you'd think. One trend I saw in my poll of those over 40 was that a notable percentage of those who'd changed churches or decreased their level of "official" involvement at their present congregation did so because they'd grown past what the church offered.I've met precious few church leaders who believe that anyone could "outgrow" their congregation. Think about it. When was … [Read more...]

40+ Adults And The Church/An Update

Last week, I shared some preliminary results (here and here) and first thoughts (here) about what I was hearing from those who took my quick survey (here) asking those over 40 to reflect about their relationship with the local church. On Monday of this week, Dr. Scot McKnight highlighted the survey on his popular Jesus Creed blog (here). As a result of that exposure, nearly 400 people have now taken the survey. Because many Jesus Creed readers are church leaders, a few of the stats I'd reported … [Read more...]

My Teenager Made Me Finally Grow Up

New parents are often told that giving birth to a baby makes them adults. That 'round-the-clock responsibility for another human is a life-altering shift that pushes us into our next life stage. Responsibility alone didn't transform me into a true adult, but parenting a teenager did.You know you're an adult when you're at a crowded mall with your preteen daughter and debating what to tell her about the adorbs (her word), inappropriate (my word) outfit she's picked out. Is it…? [Read more] … [Read more...]