The Great National Church Disappearing Act

The Great National Church Disappearing Act

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met last week in St. Louis.  We Presbyterians didn’t talk a lot about sexuality issues this year.  We crossed the Rubicon on GLBTQ ordination and marriage equality a couple of Assemblies ago.  The congregations who...
When Your Building Is Simply “Too Much”

When Your Building Is Simply “Too Much”

One of the most common conversations I have with churches of all sizes is one I’ve come to call “too much church / not enough people.”  These churches have physical plants built for a time when the congregation’s membership was far larger than it is now.  The current...
Just what is a “healthy church”?

Just what is a “healthy church”?

Every once in a while, one of us who serves as a consultant or coach at the Center for Healthy Churches is asked by a church leader, “Exactly what do you mean by a healthy church?” That’s a fair question.  Initially, you may be tempted to think, “Well, everyone knows...
It’s Not Your Fault

It’s Not Your Fault

I was working with a church in northern California, a church with a long history and many years of vibrant ministry.  But now it was struggling.  The church was down to its last 40 or so members, and most of them were older. The church was founded years ago as a...
Watching the Future Emerge Together

Watching the Future Emerge Together

I am fascinated by the things that turn out to have retro appeal. People warn you not to get rid of your old clothes (the classic case being bellbottom jeans), “because they’re sure to come back in style again.” The whole business model for the cable channel Nick at...