Have you noticed our tendency to try and control others with rules? We started with Ten Commandments. That led to Jewish scholars noting that the … [Read more...] about The Rise of Church Discipline
A recent column on the surge of churches calling pastors in their fifth decade evoked a wide range of responses. Many came from mid-career clergy who … [Read more...] about New Clergy Deserve a Chance
One thing that is predictable about pastor search committees is that they all want something similar: a great preacher, an amazing administrator who … [Read more...] about Prime Time
Every congregation needs to be engaged in a healthy conversation about worship. Hopefully, it is at the heart of your identity, calendar and … [Read more...] about Worship at Gate A3
Among the critical questions every minister and staff needs to ask as we begin a new year is this one: Which parking spot will you choose? Clearly, … [Read more...] about Which parking spot for you?
When a congregation wants to get, stay or remain healthy, one of the key questions it asks has to do with the balance between its internal and an … [Read more...] about The Unbalanced Church
If there is one recurring theme to the conversations I have regularly with clergy, lay leaders and denominational employees, it is viability. In a … [Read more...] about Critical Questions for 2012
An increasing part of my life is spent advising and coaching Pastor Search Committees. A healthy search process requires great patience, spiritual … [Read more...] about Can we have a healthier pastor search process?
Time for a confession. Let me tell you a consultant’s dirty little secret: congregational strategic planning is frequently a waste of time and can be … [Read more...] about Confession from a Consultant