Wanted: Agile Leaders for Seismic Eras

Wanted: Agile Leaders for Seismic Eras

We live in a “blur world.”  Leaders are constantly challenged, disrupted, and disoriented by change.  With so much turbulence, we’re almost surprised by any signs of stability and continuity. But, the globe hasn’t always seemed to spin so fast.  Ten years ago, when my...
When Your Building Is Simply “Too Much”

When Your Building Is Simply “Too Much”

One of the most common conversations I have with churches of all sizes is one I’ve come to call “too much church / not enough people.”  These churches have physical plants built for a time when the congregation’s membership was far larger than it is now.  The current...
Living in the Flux of Constant Change: Part 2

Living in the Flux of Constant Change: Part 2

Stability is the focus of most Christian congregations.  Two thousand years of tradition in belief and practices are not easily altered.  The world in which that tradition is sought is in constant flux.  How we followers of Jesus maintain our commitments while...
Some Things Never Change: Part 1 of 2

Some Things Never Change: Part 1 of 2

Looking backwards is occasionally necessary to understanding the present or future.  My first experience in working as a congregational consultant was in 1971.  I was a young seminary assistant professor teaching Church and Community invited to meet with a small...
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...
The Speed of Change

The Speed of Change

When we were small children, the future was simply tomorrow. While it seemed distant, it was only a good night’s sleep away.  Later, the future turned into dreams: what will you be when you grow up?  The future felt like it was eons away, but it beckoned us with...