3 Ideas for a Great Staff Retreat

3 Ideas for a Great Staff Retreat

When’s the last time you had a really great staff retreat?  I’m not talking about a “working vacation” type of retreat when you were able to knock out a big project free from the distractions of the office and phones.  It’s a bonus if the group can...
Healthy Adult Choirs (Still) Matter

Healthy Adult Choirs (Still) Matter

Adult choirs still matter and these faithful singers when at their best contribute to the health of the church.  A healthy adult choir both reflects and contributes to church health. What does it mean to have a healthy adult choir and what can ministers of music...
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...
My Tweets for Advent 2018

My Tweets for Advent 2018

Take time to listen, really listen, to the hearts, sounds and invitations this season of the year offers. Breathe once to let go, twice to be present and a third time for now what… Lower expectations, heighten relationships… Try to live at the pace of...
Empowering “If” In Local Congregations

Empowering “If” In Local Congregations

In the Industrial Age, national and regional denominations had a religious monopoly, producing and providing programs for local churches. Pre-planned activities and structures, like gumballs, were placed in the chute in Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, or...