Category Archives: Church Leadership

Discerning Values

At Wellspring, we merged two different ways of doing church with Blanchard and Living Water. One church merger between an Anglo and African American church fell apart because one side did not realize how much they inadvertently assumed that their … Continue reading

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Stepping into the Mess

People are messy. When I was finishing my Ph.D., I wondered whether my primary vocation would be as a pastor in the church or a theologian in the academy. I knew that I’d always combine these identities, as a pastoral … Continue reading

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A View from My Seat

I have a great seat to see what God is doing through the church. Today I want to celebrate a few of the stories that I’m hearing. In our youth ministry, a non-Christian student struggled to feel loved.  At our … Continue reading

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Gifts from Heaven and Starbucks

Recently, a dear man of God dropped by out of the blue and dropped off a gift from heaven and a gift from Starbucks. From Starbucks came two cookies that could be savored with a cup of strong black coffee. … Continue reading

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Praying Together

At Wellspring the past few weeks have not only been marked by increased attendance but also an unusual presence of God’s Spirit.  Why? Are our innovative strategies paying off? Is it the musicality of our worship team? Is it the … Continue reading

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From Doing Ministry to Developing Ministers

Pastors who do their job poorly focus attention on themselves; pastors who do their job properly equip the saints from the work of ministry (Eph 4:12). Recently our pastoral staff has been discussing how we can shift our focus from … Continue reading

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A Problem…and two solutions

We have a problem. In Wheaton for our 11 AM worship service, we don’t have enough seats. Experts say that when a sanctuary is 80% full, then people will stop coming because it is too full. At 11 AM our … Continue reading

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