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?
After thirty-seven years of working in and alongside churches, I believe church health may be the best lens available to assess the culture of today’s … [Read more...] about Three Signs of a Healthy Church
Whenever I address a group about the work our organization does, I mention that one of our frequent calls is to help a congregation, staff, … [Read more...] about The Conflict Pandemic
There is a consistent theme in the conversations I have with clergy and laity alike about what frustrates or challenges them most. Without a doubt it … [Read more...] about Curbing an epidemic
A recent column about some of the positive experiences of clergy who have recently moved motivated some responses around the theme of “things that … [Read more...] about Search Committee Ethics
Let’s start with a disclaimer. I know that congregations and restaurants are not in the same business. I understand that thinking like a restaurant … [Read more...] about What’s on your menu?