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...
Reclaiming Enthusiasm

Reclaiming Enthusiasm

Ready for a vocabulary lesson? Stagnant. Boring. Aimless. Tired.Tepid. What do these words describe? You? Your minister? Your church? Your Sunday School class? Your career? All too often, I hear ministers and parishioners alike using such words to describe all of the...
Remembering a Staff Colleague

Remembering a Staff Colleague

I’m conducting a memorial service this week for a former staff colleague, and it has caused me to give thought to what makes for a healthy relationship between ministerial staff members. Ken Denton was, for 24 years, the gifted Minister of Music at FBC Waynesboro VA....
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...