Right-Sizing Your Staff

Right-Sizing Your Staff

Many churches have been struggling for years to raise the financial resources needed to maintain the staffing model they’ve “always had.”  This struggle has come into even sharper focus now, given the pandemic’s impact on church giving. Given that growing...
Keeping Worship Safe

Keeping Worship Safe

When you look back over the tremendous amount of change our churches have gone through since the early days of Covid-19, it almost takes your breath away.  Congregations who couldn’t have given you a definition of adaptive change suddenly find themselves knee-deep in...
Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

One of the projects I’m working on these days is to help three presbyteries in the Mountain West think about their future.  All three are experiencing the decline with which most American churches wrestle.  All three been helping churches...
Shifting from “Why?” to “Why Not?”

Shifting from “Why?” to “Why Not?”

Over the past eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a consultant with numerous congregations around the country, trying to help them look directly into the adaptive challenges we all face.When I talk with them, they know the way they did church 20 years ago...
Change on the Ground

Change on the Ground

There’s a lot of talk out there these days about how churches are having to deal with change: hard change, messy change, adaptive change.  Those of us in pastoral leadership know these challenges are not merely theoretical.  Every day, we encounter real change on the...