Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just get along?

I got caught up in two celebrations on Sunday. The first one was at my church where the congregation finally got to hear a report from a church-growth consultant team which has been study our situation, both inside and outside the church for several months.

The good news: we are in the right place at the right time with a very talented congregation to be able to take advantage of the opportunity to grow the Body of Christ in Richmond for the next 10-15 years. But in order to do this and move forward from where we find ourselves at the beginning of 2010, there are some barriers to overcome. The one most obvious and the one the team focused on the most is the present size of the new facilities that we moved into in 2005. They presented a workable plan to the congregation and now it is up to us to see if we can in fact come together and dedicate ourselves to the task.

But this challenge also throws into the spotlight the number one requirement ( in my humble opinion) to be able to do this successfully as a fellowship of Christians bent on following the Head of the Church-the Commander-in-chief. Churches don’t operate the same as corporations- we don’t have ceo’s. If we do, we deny the essence of who we are as God’s new creation- God’s new humanity. No, we have a CIC, and the only hope of success is to follow His strategy by faith and by His Spirit.

Thankfully, I am a part of a congregation which says they understand that: our mission statement is centered in “Alive in the Power of God!” That is before us every Sunday as we gather to worship- on the front cover of our worship bulletin. So the challenge to grow (and I believe our people have embraced that it is God’s desire for His Church to grow) begins with growing deeper spiritually. In this way, I believe we will know if we are “up to the challenge”. Thank you Doug and Dan of the Lifeway Consultant team for your excellent work.

Alive in the Unity of The Spirit







Alive  in the Light- a message from the CIC in I John 1.



5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

See Also the Apostle’s statement in the Gospel of John regarding this key element of LIGHT: John 3:16-21