A United Methodist pastor for 31 years, Bill recently shifted into full-time writing and consulting. He is the author of nine books, including Holy Places, Small Spaces: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church and a six-book series on church growth issues. Every week, he shares his thoughts on small-church leadership in his Fixing Church blog.
Bill’s Fixing Church blog is found at http://www.billkemp.info/fixing-church.
Some Fixing Church posts:
- Youth Ministry: It doesn’t hurt a local church to share the teaching of their children with other trusted congregations of the region. Rather than muddling along with ineffective children and youth leadership, churches should work together and fund a full-time missionary to the next generation.
- What Would Ansel Adams Do? :Great people don’t say, “We’ve got to keep doing things the way we’ve always done them.” Ansel Adams was a great man; even in his eighties, his mind was flexible and accepting of new ideas…If you want to be authentic in your Christian witness, learn to embrace change. Ansel Adams would. Today’s church can also.
- Why John the Baptist Matters: John the Baptist stands firmly rooted in the old order. He is the last member of the way things were before Jesus. He proclaims the Kingdom of God, but doesn’t enter it. He acts as a bridge between the old and the new. He is a transitional guide…Today an old way of being church is passing away…As we make this shift we need bridge people.