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...
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...