The Health Care Crisis in Churches

The Health Care Crisis in Churches

I don’t know when it began, but the move to shift the cost of benefits from churches to ministers has unfolded at an alarming rate. The driver of all of this is rapidly escalating health care cost, namely health insurance. What was once a staple benefit for most...
Those to Whom Much is Given

Those to Whom Much is Given

It was a shockingly wonderful gift. The church I was serving as interim pastor was notified that a long time member left her house to the church’s foundation upon her death.  The donation was given with no restrictions on how it was to be managed or to be used. This...
How Much Is Enough?

How Much Is Enough?

Each story below is true. The names of the churches and ministers have been changed to avoid embarrassment. Ryan was coming out of seminary back in the 1980s. He had interviewed with Cornerstone Church to be the Assistant Pastor. When asked by the pastor what he...

The staffing dilemma

There is a revolution taking place in the way traditional congregations hire, manage and compensate their staff. Some of it is healthy and overdue, some of it is painful and short-sighted. As traditional congregations entered the 21st century, they walked into a...

Critical Questions for 2012

If there is one recurring theme to the conversations I have regularly with clergy, lay leaders and denominational employees, it is viability. In a myriad of ways, people are asking viability questions about ministry, congregational life, finances, staff models,...