3 Negative Attitudes Toward Church And How We Can Change Them

3 Negative Attitudes Toward Church And How We Can Change Them

  by Rob Cizek One of a leader’s greatest responsibilities is to keep an eye on the culture in which they serve, and to make adjustments accordingly. Here are three increasingly negative attitudes about the church today . . . and what we can do to change them: #3. I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR CHURCH BECAUSE OF KIDS SPORTS Church leaders should recognize the degree to which youth sports are impacting families. Increased college costs raise hopes for athletic scholarships. For-profit travel teams... Read More
The Most Effective Way To Lead Your Team

The Most Effective Way To Lead Your Team

by Dan Scott As I scroll through the pictures on my phone, I see a few types of pictures. Food and landscapes from my recent travels. The obvious selfies to prove I was actually there. Posed snapshots of my family in various locations. And bits of life captured in candid images. Out of all of them, I think the candids are my favorite. The annual family photos are great and all, but when you really think about it, I wonder if it’s an accurate picture of my family. We never coordinate our... Read More
The One Thing That Shapes How You Treat Families

The One Thing That Shapes How You Treat Families

If you want to build an everyday faith in the lives of the next generation, you have to begin to see families in a different way. This is never more clear than in Deuteronomy 6: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when... Read More
“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

by Joe McAlpine It is 5 p.m. on a Friday night in December. The kids have finally decompressed from a long week at school and the fallout from the backpack emptying ritual has finally settled—I still don’t know why the school needs to send so much paperwork home. I am walking through the door after planning for the upcoming weekend services. My wife is fried from laundry, cooking, cleaning and all the other household duties that seem to never stop. We are finally ready to just kick back and be... Read More