The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

I am increasingly focusing my time and attention on discerning what is the primary leadership skill needed among pastors for this season of the Protestant church in America. While it is dangerous to paint with too broad a brush, it appears to me that pastors of...
The Ox Bow Lake Church

The Ox Bow Lake Church

A friend was telling me about an organization that is struggling to adapt to some very necessary changes. While not a church, the observation she made about their inability to adjust to a changing world rings true for many of us. Her observation focused on the...
Jesus on Strategic Planning

Jesus on Strategic Planning

Building a congregation’s life around a clear vision and purpose is an easy thing to believe in. Aligning that purpose with biblical teaching and witness is an agreeable notion. I seldom encounter a leader or leadership group who resists the idea that the path toward...
A Church for Those Who Wander

A Church for Those Who Wander

The book of James closes with a most interesting assertion: “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from...
Why Visioning Efforts Fail/Succeed

Why Visioning Efforts Fail/Succeed

I have had the privilege of working with numerous congregations to clarify their identity and lean into the future proactively. When that has gone well, one consequence has nearly always been true. The fresh vision requires a significant shift in the organizational...