Monday, December 07, 2009

A Church is like a Restaurant

Lunch in Soho -New York

Recently I was having a conversation with a CEO of a large corporation and I was expressing my concern that the location of some of our church buildings makes them difficult to find. He replied:
“Location does not matter a church is like a restaurant, if the chef in the kitchen is delivering high quality food then people will find it and come from everywhere.”
He has a point, great preachers/leaders attract crowds no matter where they are-that is a fact of life. I want to support high quality chefs and celebrate the large churches that are formed often as a result of God using their giftedness. It is also important that we should aim to produce high quality chefs...

but I have some questions?

  • Should a church have as one of its main strategies, to grow, the employment of a “master chef"?
  • Should we just accept that when a "master chef" moves on church numbers will decline?
  • Does location matter?
  • What do you think of the metaphor –“Church is like a restaurant”?


Saturday, December 05, 2009

Thinking about sermons for next year

Here are my draft ideas for sermons next year.
  1. We're All In This Together -Church Life x 4 Based on John Stotts book The Living Church.
  2. Changed Lives Romans 12-16 x 6 (Finishing the Romans series we started 3 years ago)
  3. Gospel of Mark x 7
  4. Exodus x 7
  5. The Work of the Holy Spirit x 4
  6. 1 Corinthians x 8
  7. Secrets of a Satisfying Marriage x4
  8. Stewarship x1
  9. Passages that Pump me Up x4 (preachers choice)
  10. Advent Series x5
  11. Combined Service x 2
I am looking for catchy titles and examples of ways people have broken up books to preach on. Any other comments welcome.