Category Archives: Church

Two questions about growth. (1) Why are people coming? (2) What can we do?

“So how long have you been coming here?”  This is a great question to ask if you don’t know someone. In our church, nobody knows everybody, even me! Around the time that Living Water and Blanchard merged in 2015, our … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Burden of Leadership

We must not underestimate the burden of leadership. In 2 Cor 1:8–9, Paul says, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt we had received the sentence … Continue reading

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Raising our Failure Rate

G. K. Chesterton says, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”  A number of years ago, a church consultant concluded that Blanchard needed to raise its failure rate. I think that I’m doing a good job … Continue reading

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Stages in the Journey towards Hamilton and Grafted Tomatoes

  As a church, we want to be more Hamilton than King and I, more a grafted tomato plant than a bouquet of flowers. If you don’t know what I mean, then read here, where I begin to paint a … Continue reading

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Flower Bouquets, Grafting Tomatoes and Hamilton: Journeys in Multi-ethnicity

Encouraged. Inspired by a recent elders’ meeting, this word sums up my feelings recently. I’m encouraged to see how each of my daughters are uniquely blossoming. I’m encouraged to see the momentum, energy, conscientious service and hunger for God in our … Continue reading

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Growing in our Weaknesses

We grow when we identify and work on our weaknesses. Last week we reflected on our strengths as a church. Today I want to identify areas of weakness. At our Town Hall at 12:45 p.m. this coming Sunday, we will … Continue reading

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Looking Back: Strengths at Wellspring

Even for Jesus, ministry flowed from intimacy with the Father (John 5:19-20). Similarly, may our ministry flow from our intimacy with the Father. Over the past month, our Governing Board and pastoral staff have been discussing and discerning what God … Continue reading

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