#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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Hot Hands and Cold Churches: Christianity in the Age of Analytics: Aaron Earls

In 2018 sports, analytics is king. Minute pieces of data drive multi-billion-dollar decisions. But for the church, Jesus is King. And the Holy Spirit should guide eternal decisions.

Can churches be data-driven and spirit led?

Christian researchers and many pastors have discovered that data and research can play an important part in following the Spirit. Churches already are using data, often without realizing. If you know how many people attended your worship service last Sunday, you have a piece of data about your church.

But as more data about communities and individuals becomes available, how do churches sift through piles of numbers to find the right information to help them make wise decisions? …Read More.

The Way You Became a Christian Is the Same Way to Grow as One: J.D. Greear

In Galatians 3, Paul compares the salvation process to the experience of Abraham: “… just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness” (v. 6 CSB). He quotes Genesis 15:6, where Scripture says that Abraham “believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”

If you go back to read Genesis 15, you’ll see that God made a staggering promise to Abraham: From him would come a great nation that would provide forgiveness and salvation for the world. The promise was staggering because when God made it, Abraham was old and childless.

When Abraham believed God’s promise, however, two things happened. …Read More.

Eleven Reasons Some Pastors Leave a Church Too Soon: Chuck Lawless

Last week, I posted two posts about pastors staying too long in a church (here and here). Today, I want to address the other side of the coin—pastors who leave a church too soon. In this case, I refer to anecdotal evidence gathered through the years by talking with pastors who themselves say they left a church too soon. Few pastors I know leave a church saying, “I know this is too early, but I’m leaving”; instead, they reach that conclusion after the fact. …Read More.