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3 Essentials + 4 Really Nice-to-Have’s
Let me start by saying the title of this article bugs me, and I wrote it.
I’m a Christian Millennial parent. I’m not one of those Millennials who left the church only to return after having a child. I’ve been here and engaged the whole time.
But having a child did change my point of view more than I expected it would—and it ultimately sent us church-hunting.
Around this time of year, the mainstream media and Internet meme-machines like to remind us how old we are by telling us all of the things this year’s high school graduates won’t remember because, well, they weren’t even born yet.
That list is usually all pop culture, technology and political references. But what about church? I bet we can make a good list.
We’ve noticed this curiosity over the last few years when we share content related to Easter:
If we create content about planning Easter services and publish it when we think church leaders need it (e.g. in February), it goes unnoticed. If we publish content closer to Easter, when it’s mostly too late to make new plans or change existing ones, it gets lots of attention.
Abandoned church buildings of all shapes and sizes dot the American landscape—from the Northeast to the Southwest. A massive steepled brick church on Main Street in my city was torn down a few years ago. The congregation could no longer afford to keep it open, and the city block was coveted. The newspaper reported outrage, but it didn’t matter. The church couldn’t sustain its piece of history with a declining member base, a fuzzy vision, and outdated strategies.
It Sounds Corporate, But It’s Actually a Spiritual Experience — An Energizing One.
Today is one of those days when I write with teary eyes. It happens — usually on days when I hear first hand how God is making all things new in His Church.
We’ve passed a few emails around the staff team this morning, each from a pastor who is leading change and feeling the weight of all that comes with that. But each pastor also expressed the courage and renewed energy he has, and that encourages our hearts. The very first principle of The Unstuck Way is to bring hope.
In case you haven’t heard… The Unstuck Group has an internship program for college students who are passionate about the mission of Jesus and helping the Church get unstuck. We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2018 Marketing & Communications Intern position.