Congregational Leadership in a Crazy World

Congregational Leadership in a Crazy World

They never taught us…how to pastor a church during a pandemic.  They never taught us…what to do when news channels trained the members of our churches to look at the exact same events and see them in two totally different ways. They never taught us…what...
Why Am I So Tired?

Why Am I So Tired?

Who knew it was such an exhausting commute from the coffee pot in the kitchen to my office in the upstairs bonus room?  Just 16 steps.  Each way.  I counted.  It’s one of the quirky things you do on Day 89 of...
Congregational Health and Social Justice

Congregational Health and Social Justice

At the Center for Healthy Churches we don’t tend to dwell on controversial topics. We’re an organization that focuses on congregational best practices. Hiring well, articulating a clear vision, being intentional with stewardship—these practices aren’t always easy but...
Are You Curious? 

Are You Curious? 

I wish you were more curious. I wish we were more curious. I wish I were more curious. Right now, we desperately need churches, leaders and organizations that are curious. We need to be asking questions and exploring new insights. We need to confess our...
Whispering in Worship

Whispering in Worship

“God is calling through the whisper of the Spirit’s deepest sighs.” –Mary Louise BringleWe’ve all done it. Whispering in worship, that is.  Maybe it was speaking to a squirming child or perhaps it was a comment to our pew-partner that simply couldn’t...
The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

The Path to Hope Leads Through Endurance

I read a story recently by a man who lived in Houston during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  He and his neighbors felt a deep, intrinsic reward the first few days of shoveling muck from their homes, hosing off belongings, and saving their...
Adaptive Change During a Crisis – Kairos Time!

Adaptive Change During a Crisis – Kairos Time!

Like many at the start of this pandemic lockdown I went all Marie Kondo on my home. In the process I came across handwritten notes from a talk Ron Heifetz (Godfather of Adaptive Change) gave several years ago.  An audience member posed a question...
Pandemic Preaching

Pandemic Preaching

John Ruskin once wrote, “Preaching is thirty minutes to raise the dead.” This well-worn quote is worth hearing again. While our preaching during this pandemic may be shorter than thirty minutes due to online attention spans, the cultural moment that is...