Follow Up: How One Pastor Guides Above the Noise

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Earlier this week, I shared a chat with Mark MacDonald inspiring and encouraging us to talk above the noise. In God’s beautiful timing, as I was pondering this topic and considering how a community might communicate this attitude, my friend Rev. Dr. Katie Hays posted a pastoral letter to … Read more

Talking Above the Noise – Chat with Mark MacDonald

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA In her book, Less Clutter. Less Noise, Kem Meyer prophetically claims that “a person needs to be reachable before they’re teachable.” In this age of constant communication and even more noise, I wanted to know how churches could communicate better. I also wanted to see how churches could … Read more

Stop Being the “Best Kept Secret”

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA If I have heard it once, I have heard it a hundred times. “My church is the best kept secret in town.” I have even said it a few times myself. I wonder how that got to be a statement of pride. If our ministry mandate is, “Go therefore … Read more

How to: Choose a Financial Reporting Tool

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA Finances – an unavoidable part of the stewardship and administration of ministry. We need to be able to communicate them in a transparent and accessible way to our community. For years congregations have been using many tools to communicate the resources gathered for and used in ministry. Before we … Read more

Unity is not Homogeneous – Monday Follows Sunday

Monday Follows Sunday is a series of challenges and prompts for your Monday morning. Inspired by by this quote: “[God’s] as capable of intervening in your office on Monday afternoon as [God] is in your church on Sunday morning.” – Andy Stanley, When Work and Family Collide. One of the themes that is continually at the … Read more

Come to Church vs. Come meet Jesus

I have about a 15 minute commute each morning. These days, in between the renditions of “Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee” and toddler commentary about “the news making me sleepy, ” I continue one of my favorite hobbies  – reading church signs. I have seen a lot of signs in my 32 years… There … Read more