Several years ago, we tried something radical on Wednesday evenings at our church. Over the course of five weeks, we had prayer meeting. This was not … [Read more...] about Asleep at Church
My Tweets for Advent 2018
Take time to listen, really listen, to the hearts, sounds and invitations this season of the year offers. Breathe once to let go, twice to be present … [Read more...] about My Tweets for Advent 2018
Empowering “If” In Local Congregations
In the Industrial Age, national and regional denominations had a religious monopoly, producing and providing programs for local churches. Pre-planned … [Read more...] about Empowering “If” In Local Congregations
Life in Pieces: Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle
Here’s my confession: I enjoy piecing together jigsaw puzzles. I’m still not sure whether my affinity for puzzles parallels my work as a pastor, but … [Read more...] about Life in Pieces: Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle
Leading like the Good Shepherd
What’s your guiding image for ministry leadership? In addition to the traditional roles of “pastor,” “priest,” and “prophet,” there are many others. … [Read more...] about Leading like the Good Shepherd
Ready for a vocabulary lesson? Stagnant. Boring. Aimless. Tired.Tepid. What do these words describe? You? Your minister? Your church? Your Sunday … [Read more...] about Reclaiming Enthusiasm
Remembering a Staff Colleague
I’m conducting a memorial service this week for a former staff colleague, and it has caused me to give thought to what makes for a healthy … [Read more...] about Remembering a Staff Colleague
If you think your pastor doesn’t work very hard, please continue reading. Ten weeks ago I left the pastorate after 25 years to teach full time at … [Read more...] about Well Rested
Just what is a “healthy church”?
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”?