The 16oz Church (Small Can Be Big!)

Scott AtteberyChurchLeave a Comment

soda

Remember the Pepsi Challenge? It was a marketing campaign in the 80’s where people would be offered two unmarked cups. One contained Coke and the other contained Pepsi. After taking a sip of both, the participants would be asked to reveal which one they liked the best. Apparently more people picked Pepsi. At least, that’s what their ads led us … Read More

It Takes a Village

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, ChurchLeave a Comment

church-community21

I have two roles in my family. I am a father and a son at the very same time. At first glance, you might think that my relationships with my dad and my son are very linear –ie. My dad teaches me and I teach my son –period. But actually, the learning process is not so black and white. If … Read More

Knowledge vs. Skill

Scott AtteberyChurch, DiscipleshipLeave a Comment

book

Knowledge is great, but it is no replacement for skill. If a man said, “I know every play in the playbook,” we wouldn’t automatically assume he is an NFL quarterback. If a woman said, “I can name every bone in the human body,” we wouldn’t necessarily call her “doctor.” And if someone said, “I know every planet in the solar … Read More

Who Is Responsible For The Pastor’s Joy?

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, ChurchLeave a Comment

I Heart My Pastor bumper sticker

He’s not a soldier, but he fights for truth; He’s not a police officer, but he watches out for me; He’s not a university professor, but he teaches me; He’s not a social worker, but he is always available to listen to me; He’s not a professional consultant, but he provides guidance for me; He’s not a relative, but he … Read More

Proper Proclamation

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, ChurchLeave a Comment

megaphone

To preach simply means to proclaim. It doesn’t necessarily mean raising one’s voice or getting “worked up.” What is important about preaching is the content of the sermon and the manner in which it is presented. The content must be biblical and the presentation must be representative of the nature of Christ.   Content: A sermon must start with Scripture. … Read More

Three Plans Every Church Needs

Scott AtteberyChurchLeave a Comment

plan

God has blessed my church with plenty of talented members of the medical community. If a medical emergency were to take place, it is reassuring to know how quickly and efficiently our members could work to resolve the issue. But what if our church didn’t have people with medical expertise? Or what if there had been a different kind of emergency? … Read More

How to Make an Effective Announcement

Scott AtteberyChristian Living, ChurchLeave a Comment

Microphone1

The morning worship service was broadcast live each week on the local radio station. So, the pastor knew he had to wrap everything up by noon. At the close of the sermon, he glanced at his watch to see that he had only one minute left, so he quickly transitioned to announcements. Imagine driving in your car and tuning in … Read More

Teach to Learn

Scott AtteberyChurch, Discipleship1 Comment

Teach

In the mid-1960’s a research team worked with New York City schools to study improved methods for teaching children to read. During one part of their study, the researchers matched low-proficiency readers with older students in the school district. The older students were asked to tutor the younger students in reading for five-months. All of the students were tested for … Read More

Where is Your Church’s Allegiance?

Scott AtteberyChurchLeave a Comment

Romney_RGB_www_gophoto_it

In his book, Mere Discipleship, author Lee Camp recounts the Rwandan civil war from the mid 1990’s. At the time, Camp was located in Kenya as a missionary. In the book, he explains how Rwanda had been considered a textbook case of successful Christian Missions. Churches were being planted and were multiplying rapidly. Then came the civil war between the … Read More

Eight Ways to Improve Your Church “Care Plan”

Scott AtteberyChurch1 Comment

plan

Loss is hard. Although everyone handles grief differently, I’m convinced that nobody handles it easily. One of the ways that Christ comforts His children is through His body –the church. Romans 12:15 reminds us to “weep with those who weep.” After all, that’s what Jesus did. When His friend Lazarus died, He wept with Mary and Martha over their loss … Read More