Time for a New Door

Time for a New Door

Have you ever visited Seattle? It is a magical place.  In Seattle, the coffee tastes better (skip the green mermaid, you can’t get her here), the soccer is better (Go Sounders!), and even the views are better (when it’s not raining). But it wasn’t always...
The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

The Essential Skill for a 21st Century Pastor

I am increasingly focusing my time and attention on discerning what is the primary leadership skill needed among pastors for this season of the Protestant church in America. While it is dangerous to paint with too broad a brush, it appears to me that pastors of...
Change on the Ground

Change on the Ground

There’s a lot of talk out there these days about how churches are having to deal with change: hard change, messy change, adaptive change.  Those of us in pastoral leadership know these challenges are not merely theoretical.  Every day, we encounter real change on the...
The Ox Bow Lake Church

The Ox Bow Lake Church

A friend was telling me about an organization that is struggling to adapt to some very necessary changes. While not a church, the observation she made about their inability to adjust to a changing world rings true for many of us. Her observation focused on the...
Stitched Together

Stitched Together

I am a member at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  In 2008, we began to welcome refugees from Burma into our congregation, many of whom spoke little or no English.  Today, we serve together, side-by-side, learning from and teaching each other.  On any given...
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...