Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How To Make Sure Your Church Is Boring! by Perry Noble

Here is a great blog post from Perry Noble. I can truly relate to this article! I hope you are blessed by it. For more posts from Perry -

How To Make Sure Your Church Is Boring! January 13, 2010

I know some people do not agree with me…but I FIRMLY believe that church should not be a boring place…because…

  • The Bible is NOT boring–the teachings of God’s Word are more relevant and exciting that anything on the planet.
  • Jesus was NOT boring – to see His life lived out in the Scriptures AND to see WHO HE IS should inspire AWE, not apathy!
  • Our message is NOT boring – Jesus was DEAD, came BACK TO LIFE and offers us the same opportunity, to cross over from death to life and be reconciled to God–THAT’S FREAKIN AWESOME!!!
  • The Book of Acts is NOT boring – there is NOWHERE in the book of Acts that ritual replaced relationship!

If the tomb is empty, Jesus is alive and HOPE is possible then HIS church should reflect that.

BUT…if you want to make sure your church is boring, here are Eight Simple Steps…

#1 – There has GOT to be apathetic leadership – Seriously, the leaders in the church MUST be obsessed with not rocking the boat and pursuing personal comfort!

#2 – There CANNOT be a desire to reach people far from God! Seriously, new birth can bring excitement to a church, which is NOT what people in pursuit of boredom desire. SO…don’t focus on the Gospel…instead teach lots of history lessons and talk about things that very few people actually care about. This will keep people far from God away from your group of people, thus not messing up the chemistry in your holy huddle. WHATEVER you do…DO NOT talk about the Gospel…it changes people!!!

#3 – DO NOT call for ANY type of commitment from ANYONE–EVER! People MUST be allowed to come and go as they please…and must NEVER be made to feel uncomfortable under any type of circumstances. If people begin responding to God it will increase the excitement level, which cannot happen in a boring place.

#4 – Always be predictable. Do the same songs at the same times, pray the same prayers and make SURE that people can look at their watch at any point in the service and know exactly what’s coming next.

#5 – Make excuses when things are done poorly! WHATEVER you do…do NOT address the obvious issues that are right under your nose. In fact, if you will simply criticize any church or ministry that IS seeing success it will take the attention off of your dysfunction and allow you to maintain the current state of your church.

#6 – PLEASE make sure not to make ANY type of references to culture in your church services. If you want to have a boring church then you’ve GOT to make people believe that the lives they live Monday through Saturday and then the life they live on Sunday are two separate things. You cannot teach that Scripture speaks to culture…because if people begin making that connection then they will begin to experience what Jesus promised in John 10:10!

#7 – You’ve GOT to allow people to pretend that their lives are perfect! Seriously, if someone has a problem then you must either put them out of your church OR tell them to act as if they are perfect. If people begin to bring their junk to your church and Jesus begins to help them work through it and they get delivered from it…your church cannot maintain its boring status.

#8 – You MUST focus on the external and NOT the internal. Make the way people dress the MOST important issue…and the way they LIVE a non-issue!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas worship Time....

Here is an article from Tom Jackson's Expressive Worship blog. I highly recommend his seminars and DVD's. They are sure to take your praise team to another level with regards to their heart attitude as well as their gifting.

4 Ideas for a Grinch-less Christmas

1. Remember that the Father initiated the whole thing and wants us back.

I love the picture that God set in motion. The plan that sent Jesus on a stealth, covert mission into enemy territory to bring down the regime that had kidnapped and brainwashed His love: us. This is a different picture than a chubby, non-crying baby that has some Gerber induced grin on his face.

2. Reverence is great, but reverence with joy is better.

Church can get stuffy around Christmas. What am I saying… that can happen all year round! Let’s be worshippers who exhibit that we are ones who know their God, Jesus. And He’s good!

3. Strive to make it real.

Jesus lives. Sentiment can sometimes help us understand truth. But if that exchange doesn’t occur, truth is lost to pious religion. Jesus hates religion. Christmas and all that God did to send His Son, can become meaningless window dressing when we don’t see Him as a real person.

4. For some, this is the only time of the year they’ll experience worship, and therefore, something potentially truly life changing.

We all know that Christmas and Easter bring people out to church; in some, maybe many cases, because they’re trying to make their mom happy. Hey, any reason will do! Let’s look at the opportunity as one that could change someone’s life and take it seriously.

Take time to listen to the Holy Spirit; maybe you could do some unexpected song that would break down people’s defenses to the Gospel. I remember a little Hispanic church where my wife was doing a concert. The pastor there walked out into the congregation and started singing Jingle Bells. Everybody joined in and it brought such non-religious joy to the room!

For More from Tom Jackson's Site click HERE~

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Be teachable!

Fellow Church Planters,
I pray you would remain humble.....and teachable. Never think you have "arrived". Look for opportunities to refresh and learn something new.

Here is a great resource.... and it's free! Thanks to Perry Noble and NewSpring Church in Anderson SC.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Your Worship.....

Have you found yourself frustrated that your congregation doesn't seem to enter into worship? Let me ask you this.... are you a worshiper? Remember as the "head" of the local church you set the atmosphere of worship. I'm not talking about going through the motions....2 fast songs... a medium song and then 2 slow ones! I'm talking about actually worshiping the One True Living God!!

Now.... what about your worship leader? Is he/ she really a worshiper? Have you ever seen them when they weren't  on the platform and someone else was leading? Did they enter in? If not.... maybe ...just maybe they are playing songs...using their talent...but the anointing cant fall on them because they don't have the heart of a worshiper. As the primary vision carrier of the church plant, you need to teach on worship and better yet.... model worship.

Give Us Clean Hands
Charlie Hall
We bow our hearts we bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes from evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols
Give us clean hands give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
And oh God let us be a generation that seeks
That seeks Your face oh God of Jacob
And oh God let us be a generation that seeks
That seeks Your face oh God of Jacob

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

For the Glory of God....

An outreach on Halloween? Isn't that wrong? Why? Everyday is a good day for the good news! Everyday is a good day to honor Jesus!

What other time of year are you going to find people are knocking on your door every few minutes...if not seconds? I say... that if we put on our thinking caps, we can hijack this "holiday" for the glory of God :)

See some of my ideas at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Back to Church" Sunday

This year, we are a part of the Back to Church Sunday campaign.

What is it? Glad you asked.

This year, National Back to Church Sunday kicks off on September 18th, 2011. National Back to Church Sunday is a special day set aside each year on the third Sunday of September when thousands of people who do not regularly attend church are invited and welcomed to a church near them. On that day, thousands of churches will open their doors and welcome everyone who would like to rediscover church.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I wish I knew......

Here is an article from that you will find hlpful and even encouraging:

10 Ministry Principles I Wish I Knew When I Started

Monday, June 13, 2011

Get a Word.....

Just read an article by Perry Noble and it was something so simple yet something I needed to hear. As church planters, this is something we should all keep in mind.

This is what he said, " the trap that I am seeing so many pastors fall into is they fall in love with the process of creativity and allow it to bypass the love they once had for their Creator."

Creativity is good.... actually great, but it is not intended to take the place of a Word in due season. Perry goes on to say that we should read the Bible until something in us is stirred up into a fire and out of that passion fire, we preach that Word and pass the fire on. (This is paraphrased by yours truly - but the jest of it is Perry Noble's)

Dont Quit!! Keep doing what you do for the glory of God!!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011


If you have been a leader for over a month :) you will know the feeling. The feeling of being back-stabbed.... the feeling that someone is talking about you...gossiping about you or the way you handle things... Sad to say but this is part of the gig.

I found a short article to help with such times. I love the last 2 lines: "The greatest leaders I know are not easily offended. Instead, they practice the habit of overlooking offenses. They take the high road, give the offender the benefit of the doubt, and move on."

If you would like to read more check out Catalyst.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Discipleship Program?

Words like Jumbo Shrimp..... or government efficiency (lol) dont seem like they go together. Well, in my opinion the words discipleship and program are the same way!

I know many churches who have such "programs" and I know their heart is well intentioned. But because they are "programs" they are destined to fail. Maybe not at first, but eventually they will fail. Why? Because they are programs! Programs have a way of being cyclical. They are full of excitement at first...then they get grow tired...and then end up with people wondering what's the real purpose.

Discipleship really should be a lifestyle. Isn't true discipleship:

1) Following Jesus?
2) Fellowship with other believers?

3) Telling others about Jesus?

The best discipleship manual is your life. Discipleship works if you understand what discipleship really is all about.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”