Weekly Newsletter: What’s an “Uncluttered Church?” + Continual Spiritual Awakening + More!

by | Sep 7, 2023 | The Reflectionary

De-cluttering has one significant advantage: focus. When you clear away the clutter, you can focus on the most important tasks at hand.

Think about this: If you, as a church leader, knew that this whole church thing was going to be completely done in five years, what would you change now? Where would you invest your energy? Your time? Your money? What would you be asking people to do?

Those are questions I’ve been pondering, so I wrote an article about it and wanted to share it with you.

READ: The Dream of an Uncluttered Church

Also, we’re just over a month from the Church Mental Health Summit. It’s coming up on October 10. It’s all online and it’s free to attend.

I wrote in last week’s newsletter about the importance of the church taking mental health more seriously and I hope the summit sees record participation this year.

Register for the Church Mental Health Summit Here!

And keep on growing!



This Week’s Big Sermon Idea

How to Experience Continual Spiritual Awakening

A sermon idea based on Romans 13:8-14.

Spiritual awakening is more than a one-time occurrence – it’s a daily lifestyle we develop as we love our neighbors, leave the darkness behind, and live in the light of Christ.

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Creative Sermon Series Ideas from MinistryPass

My favorite resource for sermon series and message ideas, complete series graphics, and video bumpers (but NOT full notes) to get you started is MinistryPass! Each week, I’ll feature a series I would recommend checking out for the upcoming season of the church year. This week:

Unlived Lives - a Creative Sermon Series Idea from Ministry Pass

From the Description:

This series seeks to help believers wrestling with regret. When we’re focused on our regrets, we tend to obsess about the way things could have gone and the lives we could have lived—and taken to an extreme, this can cause us to be poor stewards of the lives we actually have. How do we deal with regret? How do we forgive ourselves and others for mistakes? How do we move forward with a proper Christian perspective? This series will help believers think through these issues.

Check Out This Sermon Series »


Links for Leaders

BOOK: One of the books that taught me so much about how the American church should be engaged with racial justice is Eric Mason’s Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice, in which Eric talks about preaching as part of the solution. He says…

Prophetic preaching should never separate proclamation and practice. Jesus is the perfect expression of what the gospel is and what the gospel does.

ARTICLE: On a similar note, Jemar Tisby shares a fascinating look at a white lawyer who lost everything simply for speaking up about racial injustice after the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham in 1963 entitled, We All Did It: A White Lawyer’s Indictment of the White Community after the 16th Street Birmingham Church Bombing.

ARTICLE: Vanderbloeman has a rather helpful article this week about How to Build a Trustworthy Staff.

RESEARCH: It’s not all bad news! LifeWay Research shares some encouraging new findings in an article entitled 5 Encouraging Church Trends Right Now.

ARTICLE: John Parkey, Pastor of Church of the Crossroads in Mount Washington, Kentucky shares some deep insights about what it looks like to model leadership as a form of discipleship, using Jesus as his example.

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The Latest from Walk Humble

Walk Humble is where I host an ongoing conversation about life, faith, and relationships among people brave enough to admit they don’t have life all figured out yet. Here’s the latest if you’re interested…

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Is It Time for a Website Redesign?

When I start a website redesign project – for a church, a nonprofit, leader/pastor/speaker, etc. – I get obsessed with the details. I want it to shine! And more importantly, I want it to show up in search results.

If your website feels “clunky” or disorganized, hard to navigate, hard to find using Google, or just outdated in its style, let’s talk!! This is what I do!

Visit my creative services page and use the form to let me know about your current site, what you’d like to improve, and the budget you want to work within and we’ll have a conversation!

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