Well Rested

Well Rested

If you think your pastor doesn’t work very hard, please continue reading. Ten weeks ago I left the pastorate after 25 years to teach full time at Simmons College of Kentucky, a wonderful historic black college. During this ten week period, I did the following: Changed...
Just what is a “healthy church”?

Just what is a “healthy church”?

Every once in a while, one of us who serves as a consultant or coach at the Center for Healthy Churches is asked by a church leader, “Exactly what do you mean by a healthy church?” That’s a fair question.  Initially, you may be tempted to think, “Well, everyone knows...
7 Ways to Invest in your Staff Culture

7 Ways to Invest in your Staff Culture

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast. I am not sure where I first heard that phrase, but I have certainly come to appreciate its validity when it comes to congregations. Most sources attribute the quote to the late business management guru Peter Drucker. Drucker who...
Ministry in the Meantime and Mean Time

Ministry in the Meantime and Mean Time

Ministry happens in the meantime and in the mean time. The meantime is a season of sometimes bewildering change and troubling transitions. It’s an interval between a past we know well and a future which isn’t yet clear and between a familiar way of doing things and an...
A Pastor’s Prayer for Pastors

A Pastor’s Prayer for Pastors

Gracious and Loving God, Today I come to you as a pastor praying for pastors.  I pray for all men and women from every walk of faith who are called into this peculiar and rewarding vocation of encouraging and equipping others for their journey. First, I pray for...