Ministering to the Chronically Ill: The Do...

October 12, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]

 

Ease Resistance With 3 Powerful Steps

September 20, 2017 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

“I hate missional. The term makes my skin crawl. Every time I hear it, I just want to run away. I’m so tired of it.” One of our lifeGroup leaders shared this at a recent leadership training session. A member of his group had apparently had enough of the training and encouragement to “be missional.” […]

 

Introverts in the Church

August 29, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Statistics indicate that introverts make up about one-third to one-half of the general population. If that’s the case, it may be that nearly half of our congregations are made up of introverts. We talk in the Apostles’ Creed about “the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,” but what does it mean to be part […]

 

Transparency and Forgiveness

August 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

It’s a slow creep. Maybe it starts with a simple deception, just keeping a simple offense secret. Then, it was the lust you kept locked behind closed doors and passwords. Then, it was the jealousy that boiled within you as you saw the success of your co-laborers. Suddenly, your life is a tangled mess of […]

 

They’re Watching

July 31, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I am blessed to have two younger brothers. They are five and seven years younger than me. They are more intelligent than me, better looking and much more talented. But back in the day, when I was a teenager and they were in grade school, my mother would remind me that I needed to set […]

 

Your Missional History

July 14, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Not long ago, my wife and I drove past a small town in rural Virginia where there once existed a small, but vital congregation of our denomination. The congregation closed many years ago after dwindling population and a military base closure. At the closing service—a true celebration of ministry—the church was packed with former members […]