Are You Curious? 

Are You Curious? 

I wish you were more curious. I wish we were more curious. I wish I were more curious. Right now, we desperately need churches, leaders and organizations that are curious. We need to be asking questions and exploring new insights. We need to confess our...
The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

I read a story recently by a man who lived in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  He and his neighbors felt a deep, intrinsic reward the first few days of shoveling muck from their homes, hosing off belongings, and saving their...
Now What?

Now What?

My friend Mike Smith (recently retired pastor at Central Baptist Church, Fountain City TN and thinker extraordinaire) and I have been speculating about what is on the horizon for congregations and parishes as the next phase of the Covid-19 shutdown takes place. We’ve...
Lessons from a Hurricane for a Pandemic

Lessons from a Hurricane for a Pandemic

I still remember the moment I first saw the spaghetti models for Hurricane Florence heading right for us.  I’m not a native North Carolinian and most of the folks who’d grown up on the coast told me not worry too much until it was a lot closer, but...
A Tale of Two Futures for your Church

A Tale of Two Futures for your Church

The coronavirus crisis has taken us off the rails we thought were permanent and dependable. Congregations are facing a future that we have no precedent for or roadmap to navigate. There is a sense of disorientation, fear and bewilderment among leaders and judicatories...
Speaking the Truth in Love

Speaking the Truth in Love

One of the projects I’m working on these days is to help three presbyteries in the Mountain West think about their future.  All three are experiencing the decline with which most American churches wrestle.  All three been helping churches...