Life by the Clock or life by the Compass?

Life by the Clock or life by the Compass?

Which do you live by: Clock or compass? If the clock dictates, your life is consumed with the immediate and pressing issues of the moment. Clock-life is focused on short-term results. If the clock rules, you find yourself racing from event to event in a mad...

Helping Your Congregation Survive and Thrive

Our Methodist colleagues in Minnesota made national news this week as they made the difficult decision to close and relaunch the Cottage Grove campus of the Woodbury United Methodist Church. The decision, which left the church’s older members feeling disenfranchised,...
7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

In the 1950’s a somewhat morbid experiment was conducted by a professor at Johns Hopkins University named Curt Richter.  He put wild rats in a container of water and forced them to swim as long as they could before drowning.  Most of the rats swam for only a few...
Are you ready for the 2020’s?

Are you ready for the 2020’s?

The 2020’s are upon us, and while I am not interested in speculation, I believe it is important to stop and assess what our current trends suggest we will be dealing with in the coming decade. Here are some very initial and quite limited thoughts about what is before...
Leading Change at the “Church of Stuck-ness”

Leading Change at the “Church of Stuck-ness”

So, is your church stuck and can’t move forward?  Are you wondering how to lead it out of its well-worn ruts? Churches are conserving groups by nature.  Our communities of faith have a precious Message to protect and share.  That’s our...
Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive leadership, it’s all the buzz these days.  From early work by Ron Heifetz, to more recent books like Sailboat Church by Joan Gray and Canoeing the Mountains by Todd Bolsinger, everyone is talking about the reality that many of our old ways of doing things...