Strength in the Spokes

Strength in the Spokes

I like to think in images and metaphors. I reflect on the things around me and imagine how they illustrate an idea. I suppose that is why bicycle wheels cause me consider leadership and healthy congregations. Four years ago, I took up cycling. After years of running,...
What Future Leaders Do Differently

What Future Leaders Do Differently

We live and lead in a dark, chaotic world.  But, you’ve noticed that already, haven’t you?  How do we, as church leaders, lead effectively in the future? Leaders see disruptive forces everywhere.  Church leaders feel overwhelmed by the instability of their ministry...
New Year, New Thinking

New Year, New Thinking

Amy Butler, pastor of the Riverside Church in NYC, recently reminded congregational leaders: “Make it our priority to perpetually reframe the narrative from scarcity to abundance…. When congregations speak in narratives of decline and death, desperation and...
Are You a Shepherd or a Wise Man?

Are You a Shepherd or a Wise Man?

When I talk to people about calling, sometimes I like to start by asking them if their call stories are more like the shepherds or the wise men.  Often, as folks look back over their own faith journeys, the answer is, “Both.” The Christmas story is a good reminder...
Advent: Taking the Scenic Route to Bethlehem

Advent: Taking the Scenic Route to Bethlehem

Although plans were being developed for a new federal highway system as early as the 1930’s, construction for the Interstate Highway System was finally authorized by the Federal Highway Aid Act of 1956. However, by the time I-20 opened between Atlanta and Birmingham...
When I Become Pope of the Protestant Church

When I Become Pope of the Protestant Church

Flying home from a recent teaching/mission trip to a third world country, I sank into an exhausted sleep and dreamed a vivid dream. In my dream, I was named Pope of the Protestant Church, and given sweeping powers to instigate any changes/adjustments/new expectations...
The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change

When we were small children, the future was simply tomorrow. While it seemed distant, it was only a good night’s sleep away.  Later, the future turned into dreams: what will you be when you grow up?  The future felt like it was eons away, but it beckoned us with...