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A Path For the Church--Candyland Part Two

Quincy Brown

2/6/2019

Nearly eight months ago, I wrote a blog on the board game Candy Land. Click here to read the blog. You do remember the game, don't you? In the article, I played with the idea of the game as a metaphorical pathway for the church to assess each area of the Sunday morning experience for a new here guest.   Last week, I got a chance to try out the metaphor first hand as I was a "new here" guest at a church. I went to the church because a friend who was going to attend invited me. Frankly, it would ...


Don't Be Boxed In

Quincy Brown

1/23/2019

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of walking down memory lane. Once with my college classmate Charlie, and the other with a few of our district churches during a morning message. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 29 years since I graduated from college.   As I reflected on my experiences, I also remembered how long it took me to get a job after I graduated. Fortunately, during the time that I was in limbo having a degree but not enough experience and no money, my ...


Adapt to Change

Quincy Brown

1/9/2019

On New Year’s Eve, I attended LA Fitness gym for my first session with a personal trainer. Since I was well into the throes of a Christmas time warp, where it’s easy to forget what day it is, I was caught off guard when my trainer asked if I had plans for later that night. With a puzzled look, I responded in a somewhat clueless manner, “Now, why would I have plans for later tonight?” After my new trainer gave the “where have you been” stare at me, it finally occurred to me that it was ...


Christmas Chaos

Quincy Brown

12/5/2018

It's been a busy few weeks. Much, like you, I survived the "special days" of the past two weeks, including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Rivalry Saturday (for college football enthusiasts--Go DAWGS, yes I know, I know...), Cyber Monday, and finally Giving Tuesday.  Amazingly enough, NONE of these days were actually in December! Thanks to Kiss 104.1 FM's DJ, Ron Youngblood, the host of the oldies but goodies R&B show Spotlight Gold on Saturdays I can now focus on Christmas. On Saturday, December...


Thanksgiving

Quincy Brown

11/20/2018

 3D Journey On Thursday, our family will host the annual family Thanksgiving gathering. And I'm gearing up for my only job of keeping the kitchen clean for 24 hours. I'm looking forward to seeing my family and sitting at the kids' table during dinner. Yes, I still sit at the kid's table on Thanksgiving! It's something about Thanksgiving that touches the child inside of me.     Sandwiched between Halloween, and Christmas, Thanksgiving is the simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday...


M Lab

Quincy Brown

11/7/2018

 3D Journey Do you remember Science Lab experiments from high school? I do, and I hated it. I wasn't a very hands-on student nor was I a fan of the teacher. Well, more specifically, I wasn’t a fan of my chemistry teacher who made a Gentlemen’s Agreement with me at the end of the course. He quipped: "If I give you a C in the chemistry lab, would you promise me that will NOT take another science class for the remainder of your high school experience?"   Knowing that I only needed ...


What Story is Driving You?

Quincy Brown

10/24/2018

For the past several months, I've spent a lot of time walking pastors, friends, and church leaders through the process of change and transition. It's taken me some time to get a handle on a process, and it's still a work in progress, as I've made some missteps along the way, but I've come to realize the importance of going slow to go fast in helping congregation walk through the wilderness of change.   Sounds simple enough, right? But it isn’t. It ranks as number three on the hardest thing ...


Cracking the Code

Quincy Brown

10/10/2018

What do a small yellow sign with black lettering and an arrow and the phrase “beef not got bone, dog not got business” have in common? If you answered nothing, you would be wrong. Let me explain. On first glance, it’s true that the sign and phrase are nothing alike. But what if I told you they there were both codes for people in the know. Then what they have in common is that they both need to be decoded.   Signs like the one pictured above may be familiar to you, especially if you live or work...


90-Days Until Christmas

Quincy Brown

9/26/2018

90-Days Until Christmas I couldn’t believe my eyes! The dashboard thermometer display in my car registered 90 degrees. I checked to make sure that I was still in Covington, GA and not the North Pole. And yet all that I could see was snow on the ground. There was only one conclusion: Christmas has come early to Covington! Fortunately, a few days later, all the snow had vanished. Then it dawned on me; they're filming another movie in Covington!   Living up to its nickname "The Hollywood of the ...


DNA, Culture and Values

Quincy Brown

9/12/2018

Have you ever hit a wall of resistance with a new idea for a ministry? Whether you're a new pastor to your congregation, have served for a few years, or you've been an active member for a long time, resistance to new approaches are often met with, "We've never done it that way before!”   What's going on when you encounter resistance to a new idea, is that you bumped up against a church value. Values make your church’s DNA or culture what it is. Our DNA is what carries the instructions to your ...


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