Tips for the Pastor Search Committee Process

Tips for the Pastor Search Committee Process

There are several ways a church search committee process can go when it comes to choosing a pastor. The right approach coupled with heeding God’s guidance can lead to selecting the right spiritual leader for both the church and its congregation. Below is a discussion...
Missional Focus: Tourist, Traveler or Pilgrim?

Missional Focus: Tourist, Traveler or Pilgrim?

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 Focus”, meaning the ability to keep the congregation focused on its highest priorities. It also comes as no surprise...
Missional Fervor: Telling Our Story

Missional Fervor: Telling Our Story

Does the name Kirk Christiansen mean anything to you?Born in Denmark in 1891, Christiansen was a carpenter by trade. By mid-life, however, he grown tired of doing the same old jobs over and over again and so he decided to put his carpentry skills to work making toys....
Church Staffing for Growth: What You Need to Know

Church Staffing for Growth: What You Need to Know

Your church is, above all, a ministry. However, your church is also an organization, and like an organization, you have to focus on church staffing for growth to meet your congregation’s needs.At Center for Healthy Churches (CHC), we encourage you to staff in such a...
Visionary Leadership Requires Clarity

Visionary Leadership Requires Clarity

In his book, The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni makes a powerful case that intelligence is not enough when the task is leadership. Being smart helps, even working hard helps, but the additional quality which sets apart the best leaders is the ability to create healthy...
A New Set of Metrics

A New Set of Metrics

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 statement, I want to point out the Bible firmly grasped in my right hand. I assure you that stuck in those pages was my weekly...