Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Missional Dissertation Reflections–Organic Outreach

| October 31, 2012

This plan might overcome some of the difficulties of reaching people who are vastly different from the demographical makeup of the Castle Rock congregation. Much of the missional literature is focused on reaching the fringes of the culture.  This is a worthy goal, but one that Castle Rock struggles to accomplish.  Sometimes the missional mindset [...]

Missional Dissertation Reflections–DIscipleship

| October 29, 2012

Developing a discipling culture in the congregation seems to be picking up momentum in Christianity.  Even congregations that would appear to be consumeristic are moving away from a program model, to a discipling culture.[1]  David Platt who is a pastor for a large mega-church in the South wrote an influential book.  In his book, “Radical” [...]

Review of “Why They Left”

| October 25, 2012

The calls are ringing out loudly concerning people leaving the church.  Numerous members of the church are feeling this departure from the faith.  Pews that used to be filled with entire families are left empty on Sunday morning.  This dropping out of the church is creating stress in our churches.  People are wondering what to [...]

Missional Dissertation Reflections–A Path Forward

| October 24, 2012

In response to this, it would be advisable to start more organically.  Moving forward, a small team of people who are dedicated to becoming missional disciples would be the best next step.  As the authors of Building a Discipling Culture note “If you make disciples, you always get the church.  But if you make a [...]

Missional Dissertation Reflection–Personal Change

| October 23, 2012

The final major area of reflection is concerning organizational shift in contrast to individualistic shift.  During this process, it seemed that there was a lot of focus on congregational change.  The team was led through systems theory, transition theory, and missional theology.  The team was warned that people might resist.  We spent the majority of [...]

Missional Dissertation Reflections–Kingdom Ethic

| October 22, 2012

Over the next little while, I will be sharing some missional reflections with the readers of the blog.  For people who do not know, I have done missional transformation in an established congregation for the last four years.  We are not the best at this, but we tried it which is more than most churches. [...]

Isolate the Issue

| October 18, 2012

There is always something happening at a congregation.  The congregation is growing.  The congregation is dying.  People are leaving, or people are coming.  There seems to be high tension, or there seems to be peace.  But one thing is for sure, something is happening in the congregation.  And we all seek to isolate it.  We [...]

Review of “The Charisma Myth”

| October 16, 2012

Yes, I probably should not even mention that I read this book.  Maybe some in the Christian world would be displeased that this is a characteristic I work on developing.  But as a minister, I am in the people business.  You are always working with people for the Lord, and any tool that helps accomplish [...]

Adventures in the South

| October 15, 2012

As the one read of this blog noticed over the last two weeks, there was only one post.  This was because mostly I was involved in a couple of Gospel Meetings.  Of course, I do not announce these before hand, because the wife does not like the world to know she is home a lone.  Do not [...]

No Magic Pills

| October 3, 2012

If you look at the weight loss industry, they are always advertising a pill to lose pounds.  If it was this simply, you would believe everyone would be skinny in America.  But it is not.  Losing weight is hard work, and keeping it off is just as hard.  You cannot take a magical pill to [...]