The Work of Resilience

The Work of Resilience

Resilience is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot these days.  Lectures, TED Talks, Brené Brown, Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg… it seems everyone is inviting us to pursue resilience as a key to joy, fulfillment, and growth.  I don’t disagree.  But what’s the pathway to...
Congregational Health and Social Justice

Congregational Health and Social Justice

At the Center for Healthy Churches we don’t tend to dwell on controversial topics. We’re an organization that focuses on congregational best practices. Hiring well, articulating a clear vision, being intentional with stewardship—these practices aren’t always easy but...
Are you Ill? 

Are you Ill? 

My grandmother often used a word to describe herself or other people. It was the word “ill”. She did not use it to describe someone who was sick with a cold or the flu. She used it to describe an attitude, a demeanor, or a spirit. For example, if someone were rude or...
Bullies in the Church

Bullies in the Church

I had the privilege of volunteering in a local elementary school in its drug awareness and violence prevention program.  The fourth graders were quick to identify behaviors that victimized others; we talked at length about bullying in the school and identified...
Asleep at Church

Asleep at Church

Several years ago, we tried something radical on Wednesday evenings at our church. Over the course of five weeks, we had prayer meeting. This was not simply the hospital list prayer meeting, this was honest prayer. One hour of prayer, five weeks in a row. Each week we...