“In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.” - Judges … [Read more...] about Living in the Time of the Judges
When we at CHC do a visioning process with churches, we always start by explaining to the congregation that the work we are doing together is more … [Read more...] about Listening for the Still Small Voice
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met last week in St. Louis. We Presbyterians didn’t talk a lot about sexuality issues this … [Read more...] about The Great National Church Disappearing Act
One of the most common conversations I have with churches of all sizes is one I’ve come to call “too much church / not enough people.” These churches … [Read more...] about When Your Building Is Simply “Too Much”
Every once in a while, one of us who serves as a consultant or coach at the Center for Healthy Churches is asked by a church leader, “Exactly what do … [Read more...] about Just what is a “healthy church”?
I was working with a church in northern California, a church with a long history and many years of vibrant ministry. But now it was struggling. The … [Read more...] about It’s Not Your Fault
I am fascinated by the things that turn out to have retro appeal. People warn you not to get rid of your old clothes (the classic case being … [Read more...] about Watching the Future Emerge Together
Except in very rare cases, there is always a bit of tension between a pastor and his/her congregation when it comes to preaching, especially prophetic … [Read more...] about Preaching from the Purple Pulpit
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 … [Read more...] about Is It Post-Christendom Yet?