The Gift of Momentum

The Gift of Momentum

As my interview with the Personnel Team of a church looking for an interim pastor came to an end, the chair turned to me and said, “We don’t want to waste the momentum we have right now.” When I asked for a broader explanation of what he meant by that, he said, “We...
The 20-year test

The 20-year test

There is a school of thought running rampant in congregations these days that sounds something like this: “This is the worst Pastor/Group/Recession/President/Situation/Era/Event that we have ever known! We must get rid of him/her/it/them immediately or we are doomed.”...
Reading the Landscape

Reading the Landscape

What is the most important tool in the pastoral toolbox?  What ability will strengthen all the other abilities with which one is endowed?  And what skill when missing from the ministerial repertoire gets the clergy in hot water over and over again? In Texas, it’s...

Success or Signifigance?

The novelist Walker Percy often said that the trouble with most people is that they are not up to anything significant. Bob Buford once wrote a book titled Halftime: Moving From Success to Significance in which he suggests that many of us come to a point in our life...