Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

As I sit at my desk and look at the 14 inches of snow piled up outside my window, I think back to the weather forecasts that filled the TV screen in the days leading up to the storm. The forecast went from 8”-12” to 5”-8”. It went from heavy snow to freezing rain and...
The Reformation of Your Church

The Reformation of Your Church

I have had the privilege of working with numerous congregations to clarify their identity and lean into the future proactively. When that has gone well, one consequence has nearly always been true. The fresh vision requires a significant shift in the organizational...
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...