Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Level of Dissatisfaction

| February 23, 2012

Often congregations look for feedback on church issues.  This seems to be a healthy practice.  You cannot understand the people unless you communicate with them.  But once this process takes place, people will provide feedback.  But mostly a feedback situation is provided to air negative thoughts.  Rarely do people go searching for positive thoughts, and [...]

Review of “Leadership Baton”

| February 22, 2012

One would believe that anti-institutional churches of Christ would love this book, but probably not.  But the sentiment of the book is that the church should be the primary organization for the training of leaders.  The book goes into great detail rejecting, or maybe one should say, adding to the seminary model of developing church [...]

Preacher Training Camps

| February 21, 2012

I was added to the Bear Valley Preacher’s Camp group on Facebook.  This got me thinking about this ministry in the church.  I believe this camps have been around from sometime.  But it seems that these camps are gaining some popularity.  There was one congregation in the Nashville area that hosted a camp, in which [...]

Wisdom In Questions

| February 16, 2012

I have noticed over the years that the best ministers are not those who provide the best answers but ask the best questions.  Over and over again, a young minister, like myself, as this has happened to me over and over again, will give the best answers to situations or dilemmas.  The young dude will wax [...]

Review of “Making Shifts without Making Waves”

| February 15, 2012

The minister is hired by the congregation, there is great excitement that he can lead rejuvenation within the church, but after one year little growth has taken place besides the increasing polarization by the leadership and the members over his ideas.  The minister is frustrated by the receptivity of the church.  The church is upset [...]

Pedigree and Mutts

| February 13, 2012

I have always been a mutt in the churches of Christ.  If you travel any distance in the church circle you will discover that you always know someone mutually.  The family circle is interconnected in numerous ways.  This would seem normal since church members normally marry other church members.  And why not.  It has always interested [...]

Me, The Cursing Preacher, And The Poor Wife

| February 9, 2012

My wife reminded me of this little story last night.  It is a story of how hard it is to be a preacher’s wife in the church.  It is also a story of love for a man.  When I first started doing ministry, a rumor started to spread concerning me.  It was that I cursed [...]

Review of “A Short History of Leadership Theory”

| February 8, 2012

This book has more of a term paper feel.  Probably because it was a term paper at some point.  It is not a flowing read, or even an enjoyable read.  Reading it makes you feel bad for all of the professors across the nation that have to read hundreds of term papers from students.  It [...]

Beauty of a D.Min Class

| February 7, 2012

I am in hardfast preparation for a class at Harding Graduate this month.  The class is on Developing Leaders within the church.  At first, I thought this class was going to be on being a leader in a church context.  It was going to be your typical leadership development class on helping the minister be [...]

Appointment of Leadership

| February 6, 2012

I could be wrong, but I guess since I am writing this I think I am right.  It seems to me in the church that we appoint leaders.  You have the appointment of deacons and elders in the church.  Maybe I am making a big deal out of nothing, but is appointment really what should [...]