The Stranger in Our Midst

The Stranger in Our Midst

Virtually every church I know, if asked to describe itself, would use words like friendly, caring and welcoming. Not every new person who comes their way would use those same words. While churches are not hostile to newcomers, many of them are unaware of the coolness...
I Beg to Differ

I Beg to Differ

When Dr. Bill Wilson asked me to join him and others as he was founding the Center for Healthy Churches, he explained that the main focus of our work was to be four-fold: visioning, pastoral transitions, staff development and conflict engagement. While honored by his...
The Health Care Crisis in Churches

The Health Care Crisis in Churches

I don’t know when it began, but the move to shift the cost of benefits from churches to ministers has unfolded at an alarming rate. The driver of all of this is rapidly escalating health care cost, namely health insurance. What was once a staple benefit for most...
When Trust Is Lost…What Then?

When Trust Is Lost…What Then?

In a recent article, CHC Ministry Partner David Brubaker, Associate Professor at Eastern Mennonite University, wrote: “Trust in our institutions-and in institutional leaders-is crumbling. Put simply, our society and our world are changing much too rapidly for our...
How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?

Each story below is true. The names of the churches and ministers have been changed to avoid embarrassment. Ryan was coming out of seminary back in the 1980s. He had interviewed with Cornerstone Church to be the Assistant Pastor. When asked by the pastor what he...