Remembering a Staff Colleague

Remembering a Staff Colleague

I’m conducting a memorial service this week for a former staff colleague, and it has caused me to give thought to what makes for a healthy relationship between ministerial staff members. Ken Denton was, for 24 years, the gifted Minister of Music at FBC Waynesboro VA....
When I Become Pope of the Protestant Church

When I Become Pope of the Protestant Church

Flying home from a recent teaching/mission trip to a third world country, I sank into an exhausted sleep and dreamed a vivid dream. In my dream, I was named Pope of the Protestant Church, and given sweeping powers to instigate any changes/adjustments/new expectations...
Our Mission Gap

Our Mission Gap

When a congregation wants to get, stay or remain healthy, one of the key questions it asks has to do with the balance between its internal and an external focus. One excellent congregational exercise to help with this question is to gather a group in a large room, and...
Four Traps for Clergy and their New Congregation

Four Traps for Clergy and their New Congregation

In a recent conversation, a minister asked me what I thought were the major traps that most often snared ministers when they moved to a new congregation. Great question! Healthy churches and ministers pay attention to potential trouble spots and act in a proactive way...