I continue to thank the NEXT CHURCH for articles that engage in thoughtful reflection on the future of the church.  For me, there was a lot to think about in this particular article, “Why Church Boards Need to Die” by Bill Habicht posted on June 10, 2014.  It is a major challenge securing and empowering church members willing to think “outside the box” in doing the transformational/entrepreneurial work of the church.  I would think this would be a major challenge in small congregations  where members have to wear a variety of leadership hats. 







Many Ways to Build Houses by Jessica Tate

Excellent link to article on congregationally based community organizing. NEXT church is an informative blog for those wishing to be in conversation about ministry……I would encourage my Saginaw friends to get involved with the Habitat for Humanity that will be working on renovating over two dozen homes in the St. Stephens neighborhood. 

Many Ways to Build Houses





What’s NEXT?

Many main-line churches are struggling/closing. Buildings are old and expensive to maintain. Membership is growing older. Pledges and congregational contributions are no longer sustaining all the needs of growing church budgets. Churches can no longer support full-time staff. All of this while churches try to maintain worship and faithful ministries centered in Christ and God’s Word.  What’s NEXT?  This summary is a good place to start.  Plan now to attend the 2015 event in Chicago.