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City Blog: October 2013

October 31, 2013

Back to basics - doing small church well

Benjamin Spalink
Let’s face it – we’re a small church.  On a good Sunday, our attendance is in the high 70s. But being a small church isn’t a bad thing – in fact, lots of people I talk to come to City Grace because it’s small.  That’s what they like about it.  There’s one word that jumps out when you consider what is good about a small church – relationships.  Besides Jesus, that’s our main selling point.  If we forget about relationships, we’ll be giving up on our most important asset. Our church is small.  The programs are not glamorous. The worship is ...
October 18, 2013

A Culture of Excellence - for church leaders

Benjamin Spalink
The culture of an organization is terribly important.  It affects not so much what is done, but how.  Churches look the same on the outside.  You have a worship service.  You have small groups.  You have leaders and pastors.  You have community.  You have coffee and snacks.  But the culture of the church is about how things are done, and about what things mean or symbolize within that organization. Having come to the East Coast, I was struck by the warmth of the coastal culture.  I was shocked upon walking into church in NJ that men and ...

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