The Promise and Peril of Conflict

The Promise and Peril of Conflict

A compelling example of leaders turning conflict into opportunity for structural and cultural change is found in the first seven verses of Acts 6. The idyllic description of the first Christian community (Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37) is soon marred by incidents of...
Digital Rip Van Winkles

Digital Rip Van Winkles

Part One: Waking Up in the Future Microsoft Corporation says COVID-19 has accelerated the technological transformation of our society.  A year of digital change now happens every month.  On average, each month, the number of people who shop online, meet by Zoom, join...
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...
Making Sense of Change

Making Sense of Change

Everywhere I look, I see transitions underway. Whether it be friends retiring or relocating, local congregations facing a myriad of change or significant family transitions, everyone is undergoing some sort of change. For several decades, I have watched a parade of...
Living on the Ledge

Living on the Ledge

Sometimes we find ourselves out on a ledge.  Personally, professionally, as churches.  The view can be spectacular, or it can be terrifying.  It all depends on which lens you choose to look through.Last weekend I was watching a documentary, Free Solo.  I don’t usually...
Interdependence and Staff Transitions

Interdependence and Staff Transitions

The Center for Healthy Churches uses the garden as a metaphor for healthy churches as we “seek to bring hope, help and healing to churches and clergy in the spirit of Christ.” One of the components of this metaphor is interdependence. Just like a garden depends on the...