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About gcmatrix

God has called me to bring vitality to His church through training, consulting, preaching and teaching. So that's how I spend a large part of most days.

The Mother of Invention

The Republic by Plato contains the phrase, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” Adapting Plato’s claim to the present day, I’m going with this: COVID-19 is the Mother of Ministry Innovation.” OK, if not the mother then at least the … Continue reading

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Something’s Coming!

West Side Story is an amazing musical – a sung version of Romeo & Juliet set in the urban jungle of 1950’s New York City. One of the featured songs is Something’s Coming! by Leonard Bernstein. One stanza goes like … Continue reading

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Daily Revitalization

I’m often asked how long it should take for a church to revitalize. This question is incredibly difficult to answer because there are many dynamics and elements in play. I’m tempted to answer, “It depends,” because there are so many … Continue reading

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The GO Center Becomes Self-Aware Part 2

The move to Phoenix, AZ, in the summer of 1993 made sense. An eighty-seven year old church had declined down to thirteen members and the regional leadership of its denomination had hatched a plan, a vision. “Let’s bring in a … Continue reading

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The GO Center Becomes Self-Aware Part 1

A story is continuing to unfold and I want to capture this story by tracking its development in my blog. It’s the story of the GO Center and I think now is the time to begin documenting its emergence as … Continue reading

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Sending Cheap Signals

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is bending my mind. I’ve just started reading his New York Times bestseller, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. So far I’ve read the prologue and the first six pages of Chapter One and I’ve … Continue reading

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Permanent Half-Mast

As usual, I was up early this morning. I made the familiar drive to a local shopping area to visit a familiar grocery store to pick up milk and a few other items. Pulling into a parking space, I noticed … Continue reading

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