Go Deep

Go Deep

“Religion in our time has been captured by a tourist mindset.” (Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction). I love to travel. There are few things I enjoy more than picking somewhere to go, figuring out the most interesting places to experience,...
Congregational Legacy Planning

Congregational Legacy Planning

When we hear the words “legacy” and “congregation” in the same sentence, most of us think of a devoted church member leaving a bequest in her will to her faith community. Yet, in the last eight years, I have worked with hundreds of congregations that have questioned...
The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

Most of us have read the statistics about how many churches are likely to close over the next 3-5 years.  Although the various studies come up with different totals, all of the figures are staggering.  To make matters worse, it’s already clear that the hit many of our...
A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

First Christian Church of Rome, Georgia (Disciples of Christ), was a great partner in ministry with the church I pastored for twenty-one years.  Our congregations shared common commitments to feed the hungry and care for the poor in our community.  For more than a...
Why it Might Be Time to Adapt Your Staff Framework

Why it Might Be Time to Adapt Your Staff Framework

What do NBC, Blockbuster, HBO, and Netflix have in common? That’s easy. They’re all entertainment companies, right?What do Tower Records, Napster, ITunes, and Spotify have in common? Also easy, they’re all music companies, right?You’re half right. Both lists are made...
6 Staffing Models for the Post-Pandemic Church

6 Staffing Models for the Post-Pandemic Church

A few months ago, a collegiate football coach and I were discussing ways that coaching and pastoring have changed across the years. Our tenures were somewhat parallel. I mentioned the changes in technology, noting how computers, the internet, and smart technology have...
Finding Our Way Back to Worship

Finding Our Way Back to Worship

This past Sunday morning my family gathered once again in the living room, brunch in hand, ready to participate in worship, virtually.  These have been interesting days that have required a reimagining of congregational life while challenging our understanding of...