Change. Will life ever stop changing? (more…)
Following Jesus—it is lived out in different ways for all of us. And it is lived out in specific ways for pastors and their families. (more…)
“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming!” (more…)
Seven factors will drive almost all future church growth—and at the top of the list is “Personal Invitation.” This was written by Carey Nieuwhof in his February 28, 2018 blog. (more…)
Bible story fans—remember Peter? The impetuous, impulsive, “bull in a china shop” follower of Jesus. The one who promised never to betray Jesus and then turned right around and did exactly that, not once, but three times. The same Peter who, after the resurrection, when filled with the Spirit of God, became the fearless leader of the early church. Yes, that Peter! (more…)
“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” I found this on a small plaque carefully placed where very few would ever see it. I was a rookie youth pastor. (more…)
I once read that the Free Methodist Church in our country had as many churches in 1890 as we have today. Our church family exploded across the country in our first thirty years of existence but in the General Conference gatherings of 1890 and 1984, a decision was made that we were growing too fast and that we should regulate the aggressive evangelism of the church. David McKenna looks back on this moment and writes “Without undue exaggeration, the rest of the history of the Free Methodist Church can be written in the multiplication of strategies and systems to jumpstart aggressive evangelism and get the church going again.”
Just 12 years ago, our own Pearce Memorial Church was bursting at the seams with an average weekend attendance of almost 1,300—including well over 200 children and teens. Our 2017 weekly attendance average was 570. And now we ask ourselves, how we might “jumpstart…and get the church going again.”
I have an article on my desk from the Harvard Business Review, “How the world’s oldest company reinvented itself.” It’s the story of a corporation (Stora Enso), formed in 1288, and its transformational journey in today’s global market. But I’m not drawn to corporate turnaround strategies.
I’m not even drawn to trying to repeat what God is blessing around the corner or around the world. My heart is drawn to ask our God of unfailing love to show us what He is doing on the westside of Rochester and beyond, and then show us ways He can and will use us—His Church here at Pearce—for His glory.
Let’s dare to seek God first. Let’s dare to promise God our full and complete obedience, even before He answers our prayers. Let’s dare to love God and neighbor with such a reckless abandon that His love might be unleashed in hearts and homes all across the westside of Rochester and beyond. Let’s dare to be a church that looks, lives, and loves like Jesus!
Hi Friends—Children’s Sunday School is back starting this Sunday at 10am! It is now called Journey Kids and it will be an amazing hour. I have invited Pastor Kayleigh to use the rest of my blog to share her heart on this exciting relaunch for our children and families! (more…)
When God Left the Building is a documentary about to be released. This is a story of the exodus of America’s faithful and what’s next. Director Thom Schultz set out on a journey to uncover why churches—once the heart and soul of their communities—are now shrinking in both size and influence. Sadly, there are parts of this that strike close to home even for our beloved church here at Pearce. (more…)