WHO STOLE MY CHURCH? — Meeting 1 (of 8)


For those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with Franklin Lakes Baptist Church (FLBC), an explanation of what this is and why we’re doing it can be found here.

Last night we began a series of discussions on the church and the changing cultural as well as religious climate of our world. The following series of posts (Meetings 1-8) are meant to serve as a basic review, general impressions/observations and follow-up to each meeting.

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For those of you reading this who aren’t affiliated with Franklin Lakes Baptist Church (FLBC), allow me to explain what this next series of blog posts, titled “Who Stole My Church,” are about (in case you’re interested). If you are a part of our church family, I’m already asking you to read a whole book in a short amount of time… so you can feel free to jump to this post if you like.

I’m a younger pastor (33 to date) who, 5 years ago, received a call to a small (under 100 people) church in a very affluent and bustling part of New Jersey. The church was older, at least older than me at that time, and was well established. There were a number of programs and practices, which predated my teen years, that this wonderful church family had and were faithfully running when I arrived. There was also a deep sense of identity and family that existed (and I believe still exists) amongst the faithful family that gathered here week to week. Continue reading

You’re Scarier Than You Think

Scaredy Cat

You know… I wish someone would have told me a long time ago that all adults are scary, even after you become an adult. It’s taken me a few years to realize this, but after 100’s (if not 1,000’s) of personal meetings, counseling sessions, leadership pow-wows, conflict resolution sit-downs and so on, I can confidently say that everyone is at least a little scared of everyone else.

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