On Standard Time and Church Culture

On Standard Time and Church Culture

This weekend, I found myself getting unreasonably angry at (most) local churches on my social media feeds. As I was scrolling around Facebook and Instagram (I’m too old for Snapchat), it became apparent that the American Church may be one of the only remaining...
A Progressing Church

A Progressing Church

My desktop is a nightmare. I’ve got folders and files and graphics all over the place, most of which I never access—old seminary notes, teaching folders filled with Keynote presentations and syllabi for courses I will probably never teach again, a file labeled...
The Evolution of a Pastor

The Evolution of a Pastor

When we first started The Restoration Project, I was young(ish)—31. And even though I had been to Bible college and seminary, completed PhD coursework twice (long story), and worked in various ministry contexts for over 10 years, there was a lot of stuff that I did...
Let’s Talk About Money

Let’s Talk About Money

I know, I know. I don’t like talking about it either. But maybe you can learn from some of our missteps. When we first planted The Restoration Project, we were idealistic. We wanted to do things differently, in a lot of ways, and money was certainly one of them. Doug...
we must be doing something right…

we must be doing something right…

I’ll be honest, when I am given the opportunity to contribute to this blog, my mind immediately begins to catalogue each of the many difficulties of church starting as potential topics. Rather than celebrating the beauty and growth in our community, which is apparent,...