Christian community

Expanding the Core: Building relationships with Christians in the Church

Every congregation has a core---an unofficial group of members who show up to nearly every function, work party, moving help, or bible class. These are the folks who are actively involved in the church in whatever capacity they are suited to. Sometimes they are noticed, sometimes not, but they are familiar, reliable faces and their absence is felt if not always acknowledged. No matter what the situation, our congregations should seek to expand this core, bringing the fringe members in so that there is no longer a core, but rather an entire group that works together as a family. This begins with building meaningful relationships.


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May your day be blessed wherever you are. Please pray for the people who are not able to be with their families or who are having a difficult Christmas, including: Soldiers deployed overseas Law Enforcement on patrol today Nurses and Doctors working today Elderly folks---particularly those in nursing homes---who may not be with… Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Christian Living · Forgiveness

4 things to do before age 60

When we are young, we think we have an abundance of time. After all, our parents and teachers tell us, "there'll be time for that later," or "not until your older." We spend the first 18-20 years of our lives waiting until we are "older" to "do" things. There is one thing we should never put off...


Stuck, alone and helpless. [The Effective Prayer 9.29.15]

Imagine for a moment being on end-of-life care or severely immobilized. You're stuck in a wheelchair or confined to a hospital bed. You have no driver's license. You don't have the physical capability to get around town at all. You feel like a caged bird. A world that used to brim with possibility is now beyond reach. You can't sally forth on a new adventure unless someone is willing to take you along. You feel stuck. Alone. Helpless.

encouragement · Prayer

Remember the widowed… [The Effective Prayer 8.31.15]

She sits alone on that same old pew again His tenor voice still echoes now and then It brings back all those memories of him there by her side What she'd give for one more Sunday drive


Praying for the Elderly – The Effective Prayer 6.19.15

Are the elderly still a critical part of the church? You bet! And they need our prayers and encouragement.