Yes, you read correctly. It’s time for congregations to start celebrating failure! We don’t celebrate failure in most businesses and certainly not in … [Read more...] about Let’s Celebrate Failure
The Advent season is upon us, the season of waiting and preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Christ child. Waiting is hard. When I … [Read more...] about Can We Risk Waiting This Advent Season?
Our Methodist colleagues in Minnesota made national news this week as they made the difficult decision to close and relaunch the Cottage Grove campus … [Read more...] about Helping Your Congregation Survive and Thrive
Adaptive leadership, it’s all the buzz these days. From early work by Ron Heifetz, to more recent books like Sailboat Church by Joan Gray … [Read more...] about Adaptive Leadership
Yesterday I was with a group of inter-faith pastors and educators. When we introduced ourselves, we shared our names, where we served, and the … [Read more...] about What If?
I am a member at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. In 2008, we began to welcome refugees from Burma into our congregation, many of whom … [Read more...] about Stitched Together
Conflict. Just the word gives many of us a sinking feeling. And it seems to be everywhere these days: in our homes, our churches and other ministry … [Read more...] about Conflict: It’s Complicated
If you are reading this column, you are passionate about the work of ministry. You may pastor a church, coach ministers, provide consulting services … [Read more...] about A Brief Call to Action
When I talk to people about calling, sometimes I like to start by asking them if their call stories are more like the shepherds or the wise men. … [Read more...] about Are You a Shepherd or a Wise Man?