Theological Musings of the Chair Guy

We Asked Questions about Church Chairs and Discovered Some Great Insights

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In the Margins or at the Center? We discovered something profound by accident. In our quest to understand how to build better church chairs we asked, “Why do you like your church?” What we ended up with was what Francis Chan calls bragging about God. In a society in which so many voices clamor to [...]

Church Chairs, Change and Courage

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How Did We Make It So Boring? By Ray Wheeler, DMin. The problem was that the change project we designed as a pathway to release ministry in the congregation threatened to turn into a train wreck. My pastor and I had spent hours sitting in church chairs in the sanctuary reflecting on the health of [...]

Do your Church Chairs Speak in Other Tongues?

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When Church Growth Crosses Cultural Boundaries Ray Wheeler, DMin. When Philip called and asked me to address his congregation about the challenges of mission I was intrigued. Philip (not his real name) grew up on the mission field. He led a congregation in an area of Western Washington that was growing in cultural diversity and [...]

Are the People in your Church Chairs Happy?

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An Agitating Question – Investigating Hope Are the people in your church chairs happy? When the question first popped into my head I was startled by it. It is not what is typically asked about church members. It seems almost nihilistic. But, happiness in this context does not mean a pursuit of pleasure. Maximizing pleasure [...]

Significance is Not Found in the Number of Church Chairs

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. The significance of ministry is neither found in the number of church chairs occupied by bodies on a Sunday morning nor in the capacity of your building to hold larger numbers. A friend of mine recently posted a statement on Facebook that captures the essence of significance; I measure the significance [...]

Are There Mentors Sitting in those Church Chairs?

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. Finding a mentor challenges most emerging leaders – the emergence of the Millennials in leadership brings the subject of mentors to the fore in a fresh way. It is not that Millennials don’t have mentors; in fact according to demographic researchers Millennials maintain some of the healthiest relationships to their parents [...]

Bikers, Church Chairs, Community and Diversity

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. The unmistakable rumble of three dozen Harley Davidson choppers rolling into the church parking lot sent a shiver down my spine and resonated over the church chairs in the sanctuary – it had only been three weeks since the leader of an outlaw gang had threatened to show up on a [...]

When Selling Church Chairs Introduces the Power of Forgiveness

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. It does not happen often but when it does it is awkward and heart-rending. It may be surprising to some that we encounter it at all – most of the stories we hear when we are working with congregations about their seating needs are exciting times of growth or revitalization or [...]

When is Leadership like a Church Chair?

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. It is apparent by the volumes written on leadership that people want to know what authentic and effective leadership looks like. Defining leadership is difficult because definitions of leadership are profoundly impacted by (1) the personality of the leader; (2) the context in which the leader works; (3) the culture in [...]

Get spiritual: Leading the People in your Church Chairs Depends on it

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. A group of researchers working with the United States Army determined that spiritual leadership is critical to developing organizational commitment and performance. Their research demonstrated that organizational performance is directly related to the ideas of calling/meaning and membership typically associated with spirituality. [1] The researchers point out that; … the tenets [...]