Right-Sizing Your Staff

Right-Sizing Your Staff

Many churches have been struggling for years to raise the financial resources needed to maintain the staffing model they’ve “always had.”  This struggle has come into even sharper focus now, given the pandemic’s impact on church giving. Given that growing...
Bouncing Back: Finding opportunities for resilience

Bouncing Back: Finding opportunities for resilience

A man has back surgery and returns to work in just a week. We say that he “bounced back.” A college student has a bad semester, yet makes the Dean’s List the next. We say that she “bounced back.” A businesswoman has a bad quarter financially, but posts solid gains the...
The Work of Resilience

The Work of Resilience

Resilience is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot these days.  Lectures, TED Talks, Brené Brown, Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg… it seems everyone is inviting us to pursue resilience as a key to joy, fulfillment, and growth.  I don’t disagree.  But what’s the pathway to...
Your Church: Re-Start, Re-Fresh or Re-Launch?

Your Church: Re-Start, Re-Fresh or Re-Launch?

Our current virus pandemic has forced all of us to face some harsh realities. One of the benefits of experiencing a seismic shift in our world is the ensuing time of introspection and the questioning of our assumptions. Most churches are realizing that the landscape...
Keeping Worship Safe

Keeping Worship Safe

When you look back over the tremendous amount of change our churches have gone through since the early days of Covid-19, it almost takes your breath away.  Congregations who couldn’t have given you a definition of adaptive change suddenly find themselves knee-deep in...
5 Ways to Keep Connected in a Pandemic

5 Ways to Keep Connected in a Pandemic

I came across an interesting list a few months ago.  It was a list of the richest animals in the world.  Did you know that the richest animal in the world is a dog named Gunther IV.  Gunther is worth about $373 million dollars give or take. He received his wealth from...
Congregational Leadership in a Crazy World

Congregational Leadership in a Crazy World

They never taught us…how to pastor a church during a pandemic.  They never taught us…what to do when news channels trained the members of our churches to look at the exact same events and see them in two totally different ways. They never taught us…what...
Why Am I So Tired?

Why Am I So Tired?

Who knew it was such an exhausting commute from the coffee pot in the kitchen to my office in the upstairs bonus room?  Just 16 steps.  Each way.  I counted.  It’s one of the quirky things you do on Day 89 of...
Congregational Health and Social Justice

Congregational Health and Social Justice

At the Center for Healthy Churches we don’t tend to dwell on controversial topics. We’re an organization that focuses on congregational best practices. Hiring well, articulating a clear vision, being intentional with stewardship—these practices aren’t always easy but...