Showing posts from September, 2011

Church Leaders and Kitchen Nightmares

I enjoy watching BBC America, especially Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.  In the program, chef Ramsay tries to help struggling food establishments regain their footing by challenging them to go beyond what they are currently doing to survive.  Oftentimes, the methods Ramsay suggests (and sometimes just implements without any warning) are radical (changing the decor, the menu, and even the restaurant name).  Of course, with such radical changes come some pretty heated discussions and a reluctance to change by some.  However, by the end of each episode there seems to be at least a glimmer of hope for the once-failing restaurant.  Although Ramsay's approach to making these changes is not necessarily what one would glean from reading a Christian leadership text, his methods do work for three reasons:

1. Ramsay has had experience with starting a new restaurant as well as times of working through struggling restaurants. 2. Ramsay is to the point and does not "beat around t…

More Bread, Please!

As a pastor, I am completely blown away by my experiences with children in worship.  During the children's time (a time when I share a message with the children in the church during the worship hour), I have learned to simply allow whatever happens to take place as it may.  Sometimes the kids are distracted by talk of a video game or movie they just saw, or they are simply being children and wandering off subject as children (and some adults, like myself) do.  Even though they may veer off subject, what the children have to say and how they say it, is really quite important and I believe we adults need to listen more closely.

I am reminded of Jesus' words in Matthew 18:3-4 where he says that our faith should be that of a child's faith, for thus is the kingdom of heaven.  Even Jesus' words of caution to the religious leaders and disciples regarding our treatment of children points to the idea that children are vitally important in the kingdom of God (here and now).