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Sign Up NOW for Lipscomb’s Ministry Intern Fair!

Posted in adolescence, church, Ministry, youth ministry with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by Walter

Lipscomb’s annual ministry fair is here to serve churches to help place students with ministries that have internship opportunities.  This year’s intern fair will be Tuesday, November 4th from 1:00-5:00pm on Lipscomb’s campus.

To begin the process please register your internship position with us.  Churches and ministries that are not able to interview in person at Lipscomb are encouraged to register and we will have students contact you directly.  These internships are intended to take place summer of 2015.

Interview Day – Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

(Last day to sign up is October 30th, 2014)

Tuesday, November 4th


Lipscomb University


Event format is similar to “speed interviewing”. Before the 5th, students will sign up for interview slots with the churches that interest them. You will arrive on the 5th to an interview table for your congregation.  You will interview candidates during the 3 hour event.  Interview slots will be a standard 20 minutes with 5 minutes between so students can find the table for their interview during the following time slot.

We’re proud of our students and look forward to working with you as you’re introduced to them!


.::What if?

Posted in church, Ministry, Theology with tags , , , , on January 25, 2010 by Walter

One of the things that I have found to be interesting, confusing, confounding, and even amusing in the Stone-Campbell Movement has been our commitment to the “Restoration” of the New Testament church. While there are many things that are admirable about this calling such as our interest in being enthusiastically evangelistic as they were in the first century.

However, one of the things that I have witnessed has been our obsession with reestablishing the FORMS of the first century church.  We have laboriously combed the Scriptures as an Architect would a blueprint to develop our programs and strategies only to find us come up wanting.  As a result, we have developed into a people who have:

  1. Never realized a first century congregation.
  2. Become law/works centered and overlooked grace for a majority of our recent history.
  3. Become apathetic and nondescript as we have “crossed the tracks” economically.


What if the call to Restoration was less about techniques, forms and process and more about the CHARACTER, PASSION, and  FAITHFULNESS of the people we see in the first century?  What kind of people might we bie if we recaptured that as opposed to how the Corinth church did communion?

Just thinking out loud.  Discuss amongst yourselves . . .

.:: What if the Church was this INFECTIOUS?

Posted in church, Life, rant, Theology, what matters with tags , , , , on May 20, 2009 by Walter

This is a great video to watch.  The story on it is that more than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. With just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt.  It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.

As I watched it, I was amazed by some of the ways it was staged to make it look like some of the bystanders just got drawn in to it and became part of the number.  It made me think, “What if we as the church were living our lives in a way like this as to draw in those around us into what we are doing?”

What if we were living our lives like these people in the station and those around us joined in because of what they saw?

What if we were actually filled with JOY in the Spirit that those around us HAD to have some of what we had?

I think that is what Peter is getting at when he writes, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  (I Peter 3:15) You see, I traditionally heard that passage preached with relation to apologetics and our need to know every jot and tiddle about Scripture so that when our lost friend asked a question about God, we would have the RIGHT answer.  But I think Peter is saying, “Live your lives in such a Salt & Light way that when others ask you ‘Why are you different?’ you can tell them about this Jesus you are following.”

So (a needle pulling thread)

What if we were this different that we oozed this hope that we have?

This infectious with our faith, our hope, our joy and our walk (or more accurately, our dance with God)?

.::A Long Pew

Posted in church, Ministry, Theology with tags , , on February 24, 2009 by Walter

Today in class we had author, writer, poet Robert Benson speak to our Intro to Ministry Class on the topic of Liturgy.  He started out talking about his own spiritual journey from being born and raised in the Nazarene church then meandering to the Methodist and more recently ending up in the Episcopal church.  In the course of this discussion, he said something that is going to stick with me for a long time, he called all these different traditions different people sitting on a long  pew that we call the “church.”

I like that image.

I like that he has us all in Christendom looking in the same direction.  While I understand that it is challenging for some to embrace this idea.  I have always been an ecumenical and it is great to now have an image that goes with my theology.

.::Church Sign Evangelism

Posted in Ministry, rant with tags , , on February 19, 2009 by Walter

myspaceDriving home the other day, I saw this sign that says, “Jesus dies for ‘My Space” in heaven.”  Now I have to say I see these signs all over town with similar phrases and sayings.

After choking down a bit of vomit, it just really got my goad.  (Yeah, I said goad . . . I’m old, I can say things like that)  But it made me really begin to think and ask the question, “Who are they trying to reach?”

Are they really trying to get people in the doors with this watered-down, trite theology that really doesn’t mirror reality?

I’d love to see the statistics about the number of people in a church that are there because of the saying that they read on the church sign.

Is this really the best way for us to teach and show the gospel?

What if?

What if these signs started saying things like:

  • “come and help us serve the poor this Wednesday “
  • “need hope?  find a community of faith”
  • “How can we help?  Call us and let us know at 615-555-1212”

What if these signs got more empowering and less convicting of people?

What if these signs were more inviting and less offensive to the general populous?

What if these signs were hopeful and not trite?