Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture Tells a Story

The story of my life was captured on slides. Some families used printed pictures, but my Dad captured all the important moments in the life of our family on slides. Periodically we would have a family slide show and look at the pictures of yesterday. Since my Dad was...
Remembering a Staff Colleague

Remembering a Staff Colleague

I’m conducting a memorial service this week for a former staff colleague, and it has caused me to give thought to what makes for a healthy relationship between ministerial staff members. Ken Denton was, for 24 years, the gifted Minister of Music at FBC Waynesboro VA....
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...