I have to confess when it comes to calculating and filing my taxes, I am a procrastinator. It is not that I am unaware of where I will … [Read more...] about Unto Caesar- Unto God
The Great National Church Disappearing Act
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met last week in St. Louis. We Presbyterians didn’t talk a lot about sexuality issues this … [Read more...] about The Great National Church Disappearing Act
The Health Care Crisis in Churches
I don’t know when it began, but the move to shift the cost of benefits from churches to ministers has unfolded at an alarming rate. The driver of all … [Read more...] about The Health Care Crisis in Churches
Philanthropy and Stewardship
There is an old children’s poem that goes like this: What kind of church would my church be, If all of its members were just like me? That is a good … [Read more...] about Philanthropy and Stewardship
Those to Whom Much is Given
It was a shockingly wonderful gift. The church I was serving as interim pastor was notified that a long time member left her house to the church’s … [Read more...] about Those to Whom Much is Given
How Much Is Enough?
Each story below is true. The names of the churches and ministers have been changed to avoid embarrassment. Ryan was coming out of seminary back in … [Read more...] about How Much Is Enough?
Are denominational bodies doomed?
The recent news stories describing the massive layoffs at the International Mission Board of Southern Baptists, the nearly 50% downsizing of the … [Read more...] about Are denominational bodies doomed?
Critical Questions for 2012
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