As surely as we can expect thunderstorms in the summer, hurricanes in the fall, and blizzards in the winter, the Church is about to experience a … [Read more...] about 7 Suggestions For Preventing Conflict Before It Happens￼￼
Five Crucial Tools for Healthy Ministry
Regularly, ministers ask for my help with ministerial and congregational life in pragmatic ways. What is the best way to organize, plan, preach, … [Read more...] about Five Crucial Tools for Healthy Ministry
I have known dozens of churches well. Some I served; some were served by colleagues. Others were neighboring congregations. A few of these churches … [Read more...] about Necessary Leaders
By the Numbers
AttHow large is your church? For many years the primary way of measuring church size was to look at church membership. In Baptist churches we began to … [Read more...] about By the Numbers
The day the Bodybuilders met the Baptists
I recently attended a national gathering of Baptists that was a stark reminder to me of the desperate need for congregational and clergy health. Some … [Read more...] about The day the Bodybuilders met the Baptists
Are We Flying our Churches Into the Ground?
Spatial disorientation is the condition in which an aircraft pilot's perception of direction does not agree with reality. It is typically results from … [Read more...] about Are We Flying our Churches Into the Ground?
Why Faith and Health Are Inseparable
Compartmentalization is the bane of authentic faith. When we begin to divide the realms of our life from one another, the end result looks very … [Read more...] about Why Faith and Health Are Inseparable
The Shredding Machine
It was a very impressive group of church leaders. Clergy and laity alike, they were successful and savvy men and women who had been patiently … [Read more...] about The Shredding Machine
Confession from a Consultant
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