This isn’t about Halloween, Thanksgiving, football or basketball. (In Kentucky there is no basketball season; it goes year around.) No, this is about the membership drive season or the pledging season.
So far this fall we’ve been asked to give by Public Radio, UK, Bellarmine, Centre College, the University of … Continue reading
Three years ago I gathered the children’s program committee to talk about church attendance. A large percentage of St. Matthew’s parishioners are families with children. While many churches in the 21st Century have declining or non-existent forty and under populations, St. Matthew’s is growing.
The demands on families today are … Continue reading
The year was 1976. The band Blue Oyster Cult had its biggest hit. The song was about death. And these guys told the world, very simply, not to fear it.
The song hit my radar later during my teen years. Death wasn’t something that I took seriously as a kid. I was … Continue reading
“I no longer judge people by what they say but rather by what they do.”
– NYC Rabbi, reflecting on 9/11.
Our Moving Forward Project in 2012 was a response to a decline in attendance, membership and giving in mainline Protestant churches, something St. Matthew’s … Continue reading
Last week, we turned toward autumn, and many of us around the city of Louisville couldn’t be happier with the weather—solid days of warm temps by day and cool temps by night. We’re entering a new season altogether.
And, as the weather shifts, so does our view in … Continue reading