Category Archives: Church Leadership

Trellis and Vine

The organic growth of a vine must happen along with the structural development of a trellis; too much trellis hampers the growth of a vine, inadequate trellis prevents the flourishing of that vine. Similarly the organic growth of the church … Continue reading

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Challenges of Community and Growth

Our Issue  As I listened to Phil Vischer’s message on community from Ephesians, I wondered, “So must the church return to his grandfather’s day in Muscatine, Iowa? Is that the answer?” He insightfully connected the struggles of the church to … Continue reading

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Planting Grass or Pulling Weeds? Creativity in the Margins

  Are you proactive or reactive? Do you want to plant grass seed or pull weeds?   When I’m tired (or lazy), I find myself primarily reacting to problems or requests, endlessly pulling weeds for problems that come up. Yet … Continue reading

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Moving Forward (Acts 7:44–60)

Change is never easy. Very broadly, Living Water has navigated changes from small to large, mono-generational to multigenerational, and  monocultural to multicultural.  Very broadly, Blanchard has navigated changes from a comfortable (yet declining) stability to an uncomfortable (yet growing) change, … Continue reading

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Root Canals, Novocain, Giving and God’s Promises

Speaking on giving at church can be like talking about root canals at the dentist; it has to be done, but nobody likes doing it. On the other hand, not talking about God’s promises on giving at church is like … Continue reading

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Growing Smaller

As a church we must grow smaller. Our church has more people attending on Sundays, more home groups, more ethnic diversity, more age groups and more ministries than before. And we have grown rapidly. Before our merger, Blanchard and Living Water … Continue reading

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Dressers, Tuition, Obedience and Miraculous Provision

When Eunsil and I were first married, we lived simply. Our kitchen table was a folding card table. We had no dresser so our clothes hung in the closet and our socks and undergarments were in a drawer in our … Continue reading

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