The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

The Faithful Gift of a Leaving a Legacy

Most of us have read the statistics about how many churches are likely to close over the next 3-5 years.  Although the various studies come up with different totals, all of the figures are staggering.  To make matters worse, it’s already clear that the hit many of our...
A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

A Church’s Hope of Resurrection

First Christian Church of Rome, Georgia (Disciples of Christ), was a great partner in ministry with the church I pastored for twenty-one years.  Our congregations shared common commitments to feed the hungry and care for the poor in our community.  For more than a...
7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

7 Traits of Thriving Congregations: Hope

In the 1950’s a somewhat morbid experiment was conducted by a professor at Johns Hopkins University named Curt Richter.  He put wild rats in a container of water and forced them to swim as long as they could before drowning.  Most of the rats swam for only a few...
Ministry and the Gifts of Christmas

Ministry and the Gifts of Christmas

Among the myriad gifts of Christmas are: Assurance that God is with us—“Emmanuel.” God is not aloof from us or disinterested in us—not, as Bette Midler once sang, merely “watching us from a distance.” God is among us and for us. Clarity about the character of God. God...