The Shadow Side of Church

The Shadow Side of Church

Since my first hearing of the term “Shadow Mission” I have been struck with how relevant this discovery has been for coaching individuals and congregations. John Ortberg, the Senior Minister of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, spoke about such a mission...
Learning to Navigate Diversity

Learning to Navigate Diversity

One of the most enriching and fatiguing things about church life these days is the vast diversity within most local congregations. During some recent days of self-reflection and ministry evaluation, I spent some time thinking about why I feel more fatigued these days...
Is It Post-Christendom Yet?

Is It Post-Christendom Yet?

It was one of lines you read in a book and then say to yourself, “Well, of course that’s true, but I’ve never realized it until now.” It came from one of the thousands of “post-modernity/post-Christendom” books that scream at us to read them before our congregation’s...
When Trust Is Lost…What Then?

When Trust Is Lost…What Then?

In a recent article, CHC Ministry Partner David Brubaker, Associate Professor at Eastern Mennonite University, wrote: “Trust in our institutions-and in institutional leaders-is crumbling. Put simply, our society and our world are changing much too rapidly for our...