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
Our current virus pandemic has forced all of us to face some harsh realities. One of the benefits of experiencing a seismic shift in our world is the … [Read more...] about Your Church: Re-Start, Re-Fresh or Re-Launch?
Approximately 100 days into the Corona-19 pandemic, we continue to find ourselves bewildered and confused by the upheaval to our way(s) of life. It … [Read more...] about What Will We See Less of and More of in Churches in the 2020s?