7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

In the 1950’s a somewhat morbid experiment was conducted by a professor at Johns Hopkins University named Curt Richter.  He put wild rats in a container of water and forced them to swim as long as they could before drowning.  Most of the rats swam for only a few...
Are you ready for the 2020’s?

Are you ready for the 2020’s?

The 2020’s are upon us, and while I am not interested in speculation, I believe it is important to stop and assess what our current trends suggest we will be dealing with in the coming decade. Here are some very initial and quite limited thoughts about what is before...
Leading Change at the “Church of Stuck-ness”

Leading Change at the “Church of Stuck-ness”

So, is your church stuck and can’t move forward?  Are you wondering how to lead it out of its well-worn ruts? Churches are conserving groups by nature.  Our communities of faith have a precious Message to protect and share.  That’s our...
Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive leadership, it’s all the buzz these days.  From early work by Ron Heifetz, to more recent books like Sailboat Church by Joan Gray and Canoeing the Mountains by Todd Bolsinger, everyone is talking about the reality that many of our old ways of doing things...
Making Sense of Change

Making Sense of Change

Everywhere I look, I see transitions underway. Whether it be friends retiring or relocating, local congregations facing a myriad of change or significant family transitions, everyone is undergoing some sort of change. For several decades, I have watched a parade of...
Living on the Ledge

Living on the Ledge

Sometimes we find ourselves out on a ledge.  Personally, professionally, as churches.  The view can be spectacular, or it can be terrifying.  It all depends on which lens you choose to look through.Last weekend I was watching a documentary, Free Solo.  I don’t usually...