I was raised in the Eternal Light Church of the Apostolic Faith in Mount Vernon, New York. I was about 8 years old when my family left Eternal Light, and I guess the Lord had His hand on me even then. He wouldn’t let me backslide, even before I was ever really saved. I began going with my grandmother to Grace Baptist Church (in Mt. Vernon). I stayed there for about 5 years before being introduced to the Allen Memorial Church of God in Christ (also in Mt. Vernon), where I remained a member until leaving New York. When I moved to Georgia, I returned to the Apostolic faith, where I’ve remained to date.
I credit my spiritual foundation to Eternal Light Church, my frame of reference for order and structure to Grace Baptist, and my passion for excellence in ministry to Allen Memorial.
Over the years, I’ve helped build about 20 churches and organizations. The majority of my experience as a church member and as a consultant has been with small to mid-sized, charismatic churches, so my perceptions, observations, and opinions are largely from that perspective. Over the years, I have connected with several networks of other church business administrators and executive pastors, so I’ve gained quite a bit of insight into the world of million-dollar budgets, ten thousand-member congregations, and all the problems that go along with that stuff.
I’ve found that there are quite a few resources available for administrators and pastors of large churches, but very few that relate to or identify with the issues that we face in smaller churches. Contrary to what some might assume, we don’t just face the same problems on a smaller scale; our problems are vastly different in many respects.
In this blog, I intend to address some of the issues that are present in many of today’s churches. Perhaps you will be able to present a different point of view or discuss how you addressed a similar problem or share your advice or opinions. Although I’m writing as an administrator, I welcome comments from anyone who might relate to any subject we discuss. Maybe we can all put our heads together and find a way to restore… Order in the Church!