Welcome to the Metokos Discussion Board

While the Metokos Discussion Board is set up in a blog format, allowing comments, our hope is that it will be treated more as a discussion page on issues affecting smaller churches. While posts will not require pre-approval, we do ask that each person register and then sign in before posting. By capturing your name and email address (which will not be published without your permission) we can develop a mailing list for the ministry. We encourage our readers to send us articles they believe would be helpful for others to read – perhaps the story of success in some ministry or practice in your congregation that you would like to share. We would also welcome questions you have that you would like to see answered and opened up for discussion. At this point, we are not set up to receive proposals and questions within the website framework, so simply send anything you have to don@metokos.org and be sure to use METOKOS DISCUSSION BOARD as the email subject line

Beyond Leadership to Collaboration in the Local Church

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] Last December, “I’m Dreaming of a ‘Fat Christmas’” began a Metokos blog journey to show a path to healthy, revitalized churches.  This entry, a final bit on Collaboration, ends this first cycle of Metokos blogs. These six pieces have been designed to lead […]

Genesis 1 and the Roots of Collaboration, A Path to a Healthy Church

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was an age of wisdom, it was an age of foolishness….” So read the memorable first lines of Charles Dickens’s 1859 work, “A Tale of Two Cities.” First lines should hook readers to turn the page to a story about to be […]

Collaboration, a path to a Healthy Church

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Message’ type=’textarea’/][/contact-form] It’s time to look at the beginning of the “how.”  How will Metokos guide your church to being a revitalized place? The answer is, by reminding you of what it means to collaborate. In her stash of English-teacher books, my wife has an old […]

Mercy.Justice.Descipleship. Part 3b/3

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Message’ type=’textarea’/][/contact-form] Okay, so this entry on our thinking journey is going to include a good deal of quoting.  Quite simply, ministry-focused topics need to pull in thought and scholarship from around the church.  Let’s be thankful the writing is out there as we work in […]

Mercy. Justice. Worship. Part 3a/3

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Message’ type=’textarea’/][/contact-form] Easter Day 2016 has come and gone.  Last Sunday, churches everywhere were full of “heartfelt gladness” as described in Acts 2.  But, as we continue this examination of mercy and justice in the context of a revitalized church, we must not forget the other […]

Mercy and Justice on the Path to Gladness and Generosity in a Healthy Church, Part 2/3

Remember that tired and discouraged pastor from early in this series about the focus of Metokos?  He shared a number of things about his church that had him down emotionally. We could hear his frustration at efforts his church made that seemed to show no results. Let’s take some time here to examine one area […]

Mercy and Justice Part 1/3

If we think of a blog a free food – free thought food, if you will, then here is the next tray. As you help yourself to the topic offered, keep talking to your conversation partner(s). Soon that conversation can lead to a relationship. The Metokos blog is centered on church revitalization. We collaborate with […]

Mercy, The Third Leg of the Healthy Church

Since we are looking at the health of the revitalized church as a three-legged stool, it is time to take a look at the third leg balancing the stool – Mercy Ministry. A revitalized church must address Mercy Ministries as well as Worship and Discipleship in order to be the church Jesus – through the […]

Discipleship Revitalization

Worship, discipleship, and mercy – these are the three strong legs of the stool Metokos helps churches to build as they seek God’s direction in revitalizing themselves. I have given some thought seeds on worship. Now, let’s do the same for the second leg of discipleship. The word discipleship, to some folks – especially those […]

I Am Dreaming of a “Flat Christmas”

There is a Christmas song that goes, “Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!” Too often for some pastors it feels like Christmas is coming and my church is going flat. Christmas somehow can become a routine that feels like a rut—a “flat rut” to mix graphic metaphors. The joyful celebration of the […]