Category Archives: The Local Church

Beyond a Botched Delivery: The Stories Behind Autumn Ridge Community Church’s First Baptism

If we were playing Jeopardy!, then this story would fall under the category, “Situations that make you want to swear to the point of being disqualified from ministry…” Answer: “Delivery scheduled for the Thursday before your church plant’s first baptism. A signature is required for delivery…but we didn’t tell you that. We politely leave a […]

Why Church Membership?

Power struggles. Bureaucratic inefficiency. Favoritism and exclusion on unbiblical grounds. Chances are, you’ve heard stories of church memberships that were plagued by these realities. Maybe you’ve experienced one personally… With examples such as these, I can certainly understand why people are nervous – even skeptical – about the concept of a formal church membership. But […]

Is it Time to Leave your Current Church?

The statistics related to “church hopping” or “church shopping” are remarkable. The Barna Research Group reports that, each year, one out of every seven adult church attenders changes churches. One out of six regularly attends two or more local churches on a “rotating” basis. For some, these transitions are made for preferential reasons: a church’s […]

Gilmer County’s Acts 17 Moment

I have long clung to Acts 17:26-27 as two of the most encouraging verses in the whole Bible. “And he [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and […]

Do We Really Need More Churches?

“Do we really need more churches?” This retort came from the man who was cutting my hair – right after I had finished explaining our family’s plans for planting Autumn Ridge Community Church in Ellijay, GA. Not wanting to say or do anything that might result in an “accidental” high-and-tight, I held my peace and […]