Why did you enter the ministry?

Why did you enter the ministry?

I think that many of us go into ministry out of a love for the Lord, a love for people, and a love for biblical theology. But once in ministry, we realize very quickly that we are responsible for leading and managing an organization. The larger the church, the more the focus of our time moves from doing ministry to leading staff, casting vision, dealing with fundraising, and attending to the myriad demands of organizational life. While all of those things are important, they often fail to bring that sense of fulfillment that led us into ministry in the first...Read more …
What can the Church learn from Sears?

What can the Church learn from Sears?

Sears, Roebuck and Company, the once iconic retail giant, has been almost as synonymous with America as baseball, apple pies, and Chevrolet. Some may argue, based on history, that this has also been the case with Christianity and its expression, the Church. However, in a recent Group Publishing blog post, Rick Chromey, author of a number of church ministry books including Sermons Reimagined, draws a sobering, yet compelling comparison between the demise of Sears and what doesn’t bode so well for the church. Earlier this spring the flailing retailer shockingly announced that it was literally fighting for its life–Humpty Dumpty is very close to falling off the wall. Is the church...Read more …
Planting time!

Planting time!

Can I share something with you that my friend Jodi recently wrote on Facebook? I’m thankful today for another woman (a stranger to me) who moved with the call to imagination and beauty. She poured out her love on this ground. What is now my backyard. And here I am with my little family, years later, enjoying the benefit of that hard and worthy work. What a great reminder to release the temptation for instant gratification and gratitude. I’ll press into the opportunity to leave a beautiful mark on the world and my people just by living into the woman...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. Say what you want about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—he has said some pretty insightful things regarding building a successful business: “For any consumer brand today, it is incumbent upon the company to create relevancy in all aspects of its customer’s lives.” Interesting. Now, forgive me if I stretch the concept. Have we—the Church—created relevancy in all aspects of our customers’ lives? I’m going out on a limb to say, no. Unfortunately, although Jesus said He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life—in other words, He...Read more …
Do you need to step back?

Do you need to step back?

When I read Linda Chontos’ story about a 1,000-piece puzzle she assembled recently, I found myself resonating with her self-proclaimed obsession: GET.IT.DONE. Linda and her husband found that, instead of getting easier as the pieces of the puzzle diminished, the puzzle became harder. No matter what she did—rotate, flip, try again—certain pieces just seemed not to belong. But they were in the box! So surely they had to go somewhere! Have you ever wanted to GET.IT.DONE for God? Linda said, “There have been times in my life when I thought I knew the way things were supposed to work out....Read more …
Too busy?

Too busy?

It’s true. Being productive often means being busy. And for most intentional people, the word “busy” is probably a correct description of their lives. But unfortunately, for too many of us, the typical answer to the typical “How are you?” question has been replaced with “Too busy,” “Buried,” or “Swamped.” Pastor Kevin DeYoung of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, calls it “Crazy Busy” and wrote a “mercifully short book” (with that phrase in its subtitle) about this “really big problem.” And it is. A really big problem for all of us. How can we equip others (or ourselves) to notice,...Read more …
Identifying the Biggest Threat to a Successful Group

Identifying the Biggest Threat to a Successful Group

When I first joined Theology Pub, I did it to be edgy. I was launching a new church that I hoped would attract all the skeptical, hipster twenty-somethings. And I hoped Theology Pub might be a doorway into that world. It wasn’t. But, it turned out to be much more interesting than that. Theology Pub is basically a Q Place that meets in a pub, made up of folks with an interest in God-stuff and a membership in a web service called meetup.com. At first, I was just an attender. I showed up for the fireworks. It was thrilling to...Read more …
On the Radio–Today on Walk the Way

On the Radio–Today on Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. Titus 2:10 finishes with these words: …so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. Here, Paul is talking about those who call themselves followers of Jesus and how their lives are supposed to make the Gospel attractive. This got me thinking about mine. Did my baseball coaching this summer make the Gospel attractive to everyone at the games? Does my parenting reflect the love of God my Savior? What would someone conclude about my God watching me interact with...Read more …

On the radio this week – Walk the Way

Inspired, blessed or challenged by Q Place’s Walk the Way radio minute? Ask your local Christian radio station to add Walk the Way to their program line-up! And make sure to check out the Walk the Way Facebook page. You can join the community there for daily, vibrant spiritual conversations. We hope you’ll catch Q Place…on the radio!Read more …

Being Normal

Just this week, Q Place President, Mary Schaller, and former Q Place National Field Director, John Crilly, had a blast talking with host Steve Brown on his program, Key Life, about the 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations. The shared passion of Key Life and Q Place is obvious: the radical grace of Jesus changes how we love and evangelize! Steve Brown wholeheartedly believes that when any one of us experiences the freedom and joy that comes from realizing that “God’s not mad at us,” it’s just plain normal to want to share it! But Steve was especially jazzed with Mary and...Read more …