Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Church Leadership is Hard!

A friend just blogged:
I recently received an e-mail from a pastor who resigned from his congregation. The last straw for him was conflict over the design of the congregation's web site. (That's right, a well established congregation in a major denomination is just now building its first site in 2008.) He wrote:

"We had a large disagreement about the purpose of a web site. They wanted it for upkeep of our calendar and shut-in lists, etc. I wanted it to be an evangelism and educational tool- sermons, blogs, mp3 and video. When I tried to convince them that it could be all of the above they really didn’t want to hear it. It was a small example of the big picture problem I’ve had with them for 7 years."

Church leadership is hard! And it’s all too often that a small group within the congregation imposes their will on the entire church and against the leadership of the pastor. It is a clear misunderstanding of the way God works through pastors.

My favorite rule of thumb: if it’s not contrary to scripture, let the pastor lead! Like the rabbi said: “Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (Acts 5:38-39, NIV)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Can I Have a Mac, Part II Published!

My study and analysis of the Mac has been fun, frustrating, and rewarding. I've published my conclusions on whether the Mac is worth the added expense. The article is available as a PDF on our corporate website as a free download.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Spring Church IT Roundtable Registration is Open

Registration is open for the Church IT Roundtable! The cost is only $15, and it's in Oklahoma City. Check Jason Powel's blog for details.