Ryan Burge is rather convincing. As an academic (Eastern Illinois University) social scientist-American Baptist pastor, he has a foot in two of the … [Read more...] about What to Do with the Nones?
As surely as we can expect thunderstorms in the summer, hurricanes in the fall, and blizzards in the winter, the Church is about to experience a … [Read more...] about 7 Suggestions For Preventing Conflict Before It Happens￼￼
In our Lilly-funded Project Thrive, we have outlined seven key traits of thriving churches. It comes as no surprise that one of those is “Missional … [Read more...] about Missional Focus: Tourist, Traveler or Pilgrim?
I recently found this photo of my mom standing with my sisters and me on an Easter Sunday morning around 1964. Aside from my stunning fashion … [Read more...] about A New Set of Metrics
On this one-year anniversary of the start of the Covid Pandemic, it seems appropriate to take stock and assess the American Church. For many of us, … [Read more...] about From Risk Management to Risk Taking
Regularly, ministers ask for my help with ministerial and congregational life in pragmatic ways. What is the best way to organize, plan, preach, … [Read more...] about Five Crucial Tools for Healthy Ministry
In recent years, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) has become a highly visible part of our culture, and generalized trauma has emerged as a … [Read more...] about PTED: Post Traumatic Election Disorder and a Trauma-Informed Congregation
What would you say is the best gift a Transitional Pastor can give a congregation? Most traditional interim training programs land heavily on the … [Read more...] about Please Don’t Waste Your Transition Crisis!
CXAs a child, my neighborhood friends and I loved to play on a train track near our house. Foolish, I know, but quite fun and exhilarating. We learned … [Read more...] about The Train of Conflict is Coming