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...
Living in the Time of the Judges

Living in the Time of the Judges

“In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.”      – Judges 21:25 Editorial comments like this are peppered throughout the book of Judges.  Its editor wanted to make sure we didn’t...
Listening for the Still Small Voice

Listening for the Still Small Voice

When we at CHC do a visioning process with churches, we always start by explaining to the congregation that the work we are doing together is more profound than corporate strategic planning or the visioning exercises with which they may be familiar from their...
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...