Archive for Change/Conflict

Observations on Churches of Christ – The Graying of our Churches

by Tim Woodroof –   Interim Ministry Partners (IMP) has the privilege of working intensively with churches across the country—more than seventy-five congregations in the last few years. As a result of our work, IMP is strategically (perhaps uniquely) positioned to observe churches in a wide variety of circumstances and draw out some common themes. […]

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A User Friendly Church (Part 2) – A No! Chuch (And How To Avoid Becoming One)

by Mark Frost –  It was a Sunday morning. We were on vacation out of state. Our clan of four approached the morning with a mix of eager anticipation and anxious trepidation. We were visiting a church we had never before attended. On the one hand, we enjoyed meeting brothers and sisters in new locations. We […]

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A User Friendly Church (Part 1) – A Yes! Church?

by Phil Ware –  As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.”  For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what […]

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What Time Is It At Your Church? (part 3) – Time To Re-Prime?

by Phil Ware – I was recently asked, “Why do so few churches regain their former glory once they realize they are past their prime?” The answer to that question is as simple as it is harsh: nostalgia. Many people seem to believe that the only way for a church to regain its former glory is […]

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What Time is it at Your Church? (part 2) – Bill Knapp’s Keeps Me Up at Night

by Mark Frost  – Author’s Note: As part of our series on the seasons of a church’s life, I’d like to offer the following piece that I wrote in 2007, when I was preaching for the Church of Christ in Trenton, Michigan. It describes the dilemma a church faces when it wakes up to realize […]

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What Time is it at Your Church? (part 1) – Seasons

by Tim Woodroof – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecc 3:1) I’m getting older. Can’t run as fast or long as once was true. I ache in places I never noticed before. I wear tri-focals. My memory isn’t what it used to be. (Where did I […]

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Followship: Part 1 – A Crisis of Followship

by Tim Woodroof Open your Bible and show me a time when God’s people ever flourished in the absence of good and godly leaders. Point out an instance where “everyone doing what was right in his own eyes” resulted in kingdom accomplishments. Give me an example when murmuring, resistance, and revolt against God’s anointed leaders […]

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Followship: Part 2 – Selected or Called?

by Tim Woodroof May I suggest one factor that makes leading and following so difficult in our congregations today? We (at least those of us who belong to Churches of Christ) have no functional theology of calling. In place of such a theology, we have adopted the leadership ideals and perspectives of our democratized culture, […]

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Followship: Part 3 – The Difference “Calling” Makes for Followers

by Tim Woodroof In my previous blog post, I suggested it is helpful to believe spiritual leaders are “called” by God rather than “selected” by members, that church leadership relies on God’s election rather than ours. And I asked “What practical difference might this make for the leadership ‘culture’ of our churches?” I point out […]

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Followship: Part 4 – A Culture of Complaint?

by Tim Woodroof In the end, church leaders get the kind of followers they have fostered. If our churches are fractious, if members have difficulty with discipline and rebuke, if they feel perfectly free to share not only their opinions but their low estimation of the intelligence and spirituality of their leaders (and if you […]

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