10 People Americans call heroes (Jan. 2009)

October 4, 2009

In the May/June edition of Outreach Magazine the following list was mentioned. I listed it just as it was in the magazine.

It’s interesting to see the order used.

Here it is:

1. Barack Obama

2. Jesus Christ

3. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Ronald Regan

5. George W. Bush

6. Abraham Lincoln

7. John McCain

8. John F. Kennedy

9. Chesley Sullenberger III

10. Mother Teresa


What are 10 reasons why young adults leave church?

September 20, 2009

I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
Post as many reasons as you can think of. I found two articles (I will share them in a few days) on this subject. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave, you know that the church faces a HUGE challenge of reaching, reclaiming or claiming young adults for Christ.

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Don’t be shy! Speak right up!


John Wesley’s 10

September 6, 2009

This was new to me. Just thought I’d pass it on. Let me know what you think.

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?

2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

3. Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?

4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work , or habits?

5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

6. Did the Bible live in me today?

7. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?

8. Am I enjoying prayer?

9. When did I last speak to someone about my faith?

10. Do I pray about the money I spend?


10 reasons your members come to church even though it stinks (sucks)

July 5, 2009

Why do people go to your church? Are they really being blessed by the service? Have they experienced a closer walk with God?

People attend churches for a variety of reasons. I’ve listed ten.

1. family-Family attends the church.

2. friends-Friends attend the church.

3. tradition-Where I’ve always gone to church.

4. closest to home-I don’t have to travel very far.

5. music-Not great but it’s identifiable. LOL

6. preaching-It’s only once per week so I can bear it.

7. people my age at the church- I can at least connect with people my age.

8. that’s where they grew up-similar to tradition, I’m connected to the church. I know people.

9. trying to find a spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend- because I know people, I’m trying to ind a spouse from among my kin folk.

10. guilty-I just feel like I HAVE TO GO TO CHURCH.


5 Questions to ask visitors who come to your church

June 28, 2009

Would you be open to asking visitors what they think of your church?
In the back of every Outreach Magazine there is a section that grades churches on how visitors were treated. We certainly want our churches to be places welcome to visitors, but some churches haven’t done well at treated visitors with love.

Outreach has an unbeliever report on an unannounced visit to a local church. Outreach asks the question: “Could It Be Yours?”

1. What were your first impressions of the church?

2. What was it like inside?

3. What was the service like?

4. Did you connect with anyone?

5. Would you visit again?


And the ONE Winner Is…

June 22, 2009

Tony Parrish!!!

Congrats Tony!


Ben’s One

June 18, 2009

In order to win the Israel Houghton CD (The Power of ONE) you must leave a comment answering the ONE question below. I will choose ONE winner at random from those who leave comments. The ONE winner will be announced on Monday, June 22 at ONE o’clock (PST).

Here’s the question:

What’s one thing in ministry you wish you had the guts to do?