About that Barna Survey on Seekers

Barna just released a survey of unchurched people’s attitudes. Here is the summary paragraph:

“….the top motivators for considering a church are knowing that everyone will be welcomed (32%), making friends and nurturing friendships (29%), support during difficult times (28%) and learning more about God (27%). Less motivating are opportunities for Bible study, volunteer […]

What the “Dones” Are Saying

A host of recent studies have all come to the same conclusion: the Church in the U.S. is losing ground.

Surveys says that church members are not attending worship as often as they used to. Many in the millennial generation are not attending at all, declaring “none” when asked about their religious preference.

And […]

Two Biblical Truths which Guide Cell Ministry


“What agenda should our group meetings follow?”

“How often should our group meet?”

There are a million and one decisions to make when leading a cell church.

For answer, you could copy another church’s practice, but there are at least two problems with that.

First, it probably won’t work as well for you […]

Betting with your life

Are you a betting person? Blaise Pascal says you are.

Blaise Pascal was a brilliant French philosopher, mathematician and physicist who live in the 17th century. He devised an argument for choosing God that goes something like this:

All humans bet with their lives either that God exists or not. If you believe in […]

Books I read on sabbatical

Over my three-month sabbatical I read about 23 books. I listed them below, in no particular order. I marked with asterisks the top four books in terms of making an impact on me personally.

I wasn’t reading for any particular goal – just what struck my interest at the moment (that’s the privilege of a […]

“Welcome Home”

Home — there is nothing like it.

As part of our sabbatical, Linda and I spent 16 days in France and 2 in Brussels, Belgium. It was a great trip and we enjoyed it a lot, but at the end Linda and I were anxious to get back home.

After we landed in New York, we […]

A new way to think



In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 3:1-2)

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17)


John actually started preaching Jesus’ message before Jesus did – repent […]

Why Be Cell-Based?

Our methodology is shaped by our theology. What we do is based on what we believe.

If cell groups are going to be the base of a church, it will be because making disciple-makers is the leadership’s central goal and commitment.

In making the transition to a cell-based ministry model, it is easy to […]

When Bigger isn’t Better

When Bigger isn’t Better


A popular commercial in the U.S. features a man sitting at a table with young children, asking, “Which is better, bigger or smaller?” The kids all respond by yelling, “Bigger!”

However, when it comes to church gathering sizes, the answer might be “Smaller”, at least where discipleship is […]

Church in the Whitewater

The U.S. Church is going through whitewater.

The most obvious rapid today is the issue of homosexuality.

This month the United Methodist Church has defrocked a pastor for leading a wedding ceremony of his son to another man. This is against church law, a law large numbers of UM pastors and leaders want changed. […]