James Emery White
James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president. He is the founder of Serious Times and this blog was originally posted at his website www.churchandculture.org.

Is Giving to a Cause, Not the Church, Even Biblical?

If people do not think giving to your church is giving to a cause, they need cause-lessons. And you need vision-casting lessons.

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When MultiSite Works against the Mission

We are ending our multisite approach because we practice what we preach when it comes to strategic church leadership. Namely, that methods must be ruthlessly evaluated in light of missional effectiveness. This not only means asking if they are still “working,” but how well they are working.

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Don’t Settle for a “Lesser Than” Vision

We must cast the vision of that reality to those we lead. We must hold them, and ourselves, to the highest standards of commitment and excellence.

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This Is What Happens When Ministry is Both Physical & Digital

There’s a new, and important, word: “phygital.” It reflects the growing necessity for the seamless flow between the physical and the digital.

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Two Critical Strategic Mistakes Most Churches Make

One of the most important responsibilities of leadership is navigating the dynamics between strategy and tactics.

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What Your Church Sign May Say About Your Church Vision

The problem with the American church today is simple: It’s turned inward toward the already convinced instead of outward toward those far from God and, as a result, does nothing of an informed nature in terms of strategy or tactics to reach those far from God.

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Clarity Process

Three effective ways to start moving toward clarity right now.