Taking Advantage of Old Folks

Taking Advantage of Old Folks

I know that is a terrible title for an article, but hopefully you will hang with me on this one. A young pastor friend of mine recently complained of too many senior adults in his congregation. Since I am myself a senior adult, I wondered why that was a problem. It...
Re-Thinking Interim Ministry

Re-Thinking Interim Ministry

Over more than forty years as a pastor and now as an interim pastor and as a congregational and leadership coach, I have had a wide array of experiences in the local church. An emerging concern for me, and for many of my fellow pastors and congregations, has been the...
Learning as a Spiritual Practice

Learning as a Spiritual Practice

What do you do when you are challenged or when you bump up against your own competencies and comfort zone? In January, I had an opportunity to participate in a workshop in New York City. The title of the workshop was “Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Conductor.”...
The 8 Deadly Sins of the Church

The 8 Deadly Sins of the Church

All organizations, including churches, have a reason for being. Only a few actually know that reason and articulate it and live into it. Sometimes the reason is clear and crisp, other times it is fuzzy and nebulous. Some choose their “why” intentionally, others do so...
Living in the Flux of Constant Change: Part 2

Living in the Flux of Constant Change: Part 2

Stability is the focus of most Christian congregations.  Two thousand years of tradition in belief and practices are not easily altered.  The world in which that tradition is sought is in constant flux.  How we followers of Jesus maintain our commitments while...
Some Things Never Change: Part 1 of 2

Some Things Never Change: Part 1 of 2

Looking backwards is occasionally necessary to understanding the present or future.  My first experience in working as a congregational consultant was in 1971.  I was a young seminary assistant professor teaching Church and Community invited to meet with a small...
Cultivating a Culture of Call

Cultivating a Culture of Call

Nearly all observers of the 21st century church in America agree that the next generation of leadership is a cause for concern. Many write, blog, tweet and generally lament the state of leadership cultivation and training, or lack thereof. Far too many congregations...