My Tweets for Advent 2018

My Tweets for Advent 2018

Take time to listen, really listen, to the hearts, sounds and invitations this season of the year offers. Breathe once to let go, twice to be present and a third time for now what… Lower expectations, heighten relationships… Try to live at the pace of...
Why Visioning Efforts Fail/Succeed

Why Visioning Efforts Fail/Succeed

I have had the privilege of working with numerous congregations to clarify their identity and lean into the future proactively. When that has gone well, one consequence has nearly always been true. The fresh vision requires a significant shift in the organizational...
Stitched Together

Stitched Together

I am a member at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  In 2008, we began to welcome refugees from Burma into our congregation, many of whom spoke little or no English.  Today, we serve together, side-by-side, learning from and teaching each other.  On any given...
The #metoo Movement and the Church

The #metoo Movement and the Church

#MeToo, a social media movement that began in November 2017, has ignited awareness of and accountability for sexual harassment. This new awareness of the abuse of power will hopefully cause all of us to pause and think about the congregation’s response. The reality of...
The Reformation of Your Church

The Reformation of Your Church

I have had the privilege of working with numerous congregations to clarify their identity and lean into the future proactively. When that has gone well, one consequence has nearly always been true. The fresh vision requires a significant shift in the organizational...
Church Staffing Concerns

Church Staffing Concerns

One  of  the  most  frequent  conversations  we  have  with  churches  has  to  do  with  finances  and  staff.  Specifically,  with  the  majority  of  churches  plateaued  or  declining,  intense  pressure  is  often  brought  to  bear  upon  church  staffing ...
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...
Empowering “If” In Local Congregations

Empowering “If” In Local Congregations

In the Industrial Age, national and regional denominations had a religious monopoly, producing and providing programs for local churches. Pre-planned activities and structures, like gumballs, were placed in the chute in Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, or...
Trusted Leadership Begins Here

Trusted Leadership Begins Here

Today’s church faces great uncertainty and risk. To be alive and well calls for trusted leadership. Imagine two lists: One contains the qualities that a pastor should have, and another that includes the attributes most pastors would say they wouldn’t choose to lead...
Two Ways to Say the Same Thing

Two Ways to Say the Same Thing

Not many people quote Chuck Colson and William Sloane Coffin in the same breath. That is one of the problems in the church today. We draw lines in the sand between liberal and conservative and tend to camp out on one side of the line or other. However, if we really...