It’s Not Your Fault

It’s Not Your Fault

I was working with a church in northern California, a church with a long history and many years of vibrant ministry.  But now it was struggling.  The church was down to its last 40 or so members, and most of them were older. The church was founded years ago as a...
What are you hearing in the churches?

What are you hearing in the churches?

My colleague Bob Dale often asks me a simple question: “Bill, what are we hearing out there in the churches?” He knows that every week members of our team are fanning out across the country to work in dozens of churches of every size, shape, denomination, setting and...
Courage to Become

Courage to Become

I’ll never forget August 3, 1995. The family and I were in Destin, Florida with good friends. We vacationed here regularly during the child-rearing years. We did the same thing every summer. We had our place to stay, our spot on the beach, and our list of restaurants...
Staffing for Survival

Staffing for Survival

What is the most important staff position at your church? Of course, as a former pastor, I must declare that we cannot function without a pastor. But then what would we do without a music/worship leader? We cannot live without leadership for children or youth can we?...
STOP/LOOK/LISTEN

STOP/LOOK/LISTEN

Our recent CHC column on the future of denominational entities engendered a wide range of responses. This one is from Bob Dale, noted church/denominational strategist and thought-leader.  It’s no secret.  America’s denominational structures are steadily losing...
Are denominational bodies doomed?

Are denominational bodies doomed?

The recent news stories describing the massive layoffs at the International Mission Board of Southern Baptists, the nearly 50% downsizing of the Florida Baptist Convention staff, the continued erosion of financial support for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and...