Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

On Easter Sunday at Wilshire our Sanctuary Choir sang two great choruses from Handel’s Messiah, “Worthy is the Lamb” paired with “Hallelujah.”  In conversation with our worship planning team we had placed these selections after the...
Building the Church

Building the Church

Cathedrals have been on my mind in recent weeks. I was one of millions who watched in horror as the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned on April 15. The world has since offered an outpouring of support for the people of Paris and the damaged structure that lies...
The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

I am increasingly focusing my time and attention on discerning what is the primary leadership skill needed among pastors for this season of the Protestant church in America. While it is dangerous to paint with too broad a brush, it appears to me that pastors of...
3 Ideas for a Great Staff Retreat

3 Ideas for a Great Staff Retreat

When’s the last time you had a really great staff retreat?  I’m not talking about a “working vacation” type of retreat when you were able to knock out a big project free from the distractions of the office and phones.  It’s a bonus if the group can...
A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary Tale

Stephen Covey told the story of being on a subway when a man and his three children got on the same car in which he was riding. The young children were loud, boisterous and generally out of control. They were disturbing everyone else on the subway, and the father did...
Change on the Ground

Change on the Ground

There’s a lot of talk out there these days about how churches are having to deal with change: hard change, messy change, adaptive change.  Those of us in pastoral leadership know these challenges are not merely theoretical.  Every day, we encounter real change on the...
The Ox Bow Lake Church

The Ox Bow Lake Church

A friend was telling me about an organization that is struggling to adapt to some very necessary changes. While not a church, the observation she made about their inability to adjust to a changing world rings true for many of us. Her observation focused on the...
Unto Caesar- Unto God

Unto Caesar- Unto God

I have to confess when it comes to calculating and filing my taxes, I am a procrastinator.  It is not that I am unaware of where I will likely stand on the subject at the end of the day; it is just a task that I do not enjoy. Ok, no one does unless it...
It’s Not Just A Sermon

It’s Not Just A Sermon

Most ministers, particularly those who have studied to be pastors, took at least one course in seminary on preaching.  That class time covered using the Bible, sermon structure, and delivery.  A few hours of these classes also discussed how to plan...