One of the most frequent conversations we have with churches has to do with finances and staff. Specifically, with the majority … [Read more...] about Church Staffing Concerns
I recently had the privilege of teaching a week-long Doctor of Ministry seminar in a seminary to a group of very bright and thoughtful students. Our … [Read more...] about What Does Real Leadership Look Like?
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”?
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 Our Mission Gap
Just prior to closing the door, I noticed it. “JESUS” was upside down. A few days ago, an unexpected wave of emotion swept over me as I was … [Read more...] about Keeping Jesus Right-Side Up
Building a congregation’s life around a clear vision and purpose is an easy thing to believe in. Aligning that purpose with biblical teaching and … [Read more...] about Jesus on Strategic Visioning
In my work as a pastor, I often felt an inescapable tension between the “priestly” and “prophetic” dimensions of my calling. To simplify a bit: … [Read more...] about Prophetic Priests, Priestly Prophets
When Gil Rendle speaks, I listen. He’s been a pastor, author, and consultant. Now retired, his work has inspired me and given voice to much of what I … [Read more...] about Pushing People to Purpose
For the last half of the 20th century in America, local churches functioned as programmatic centers of activity. Embedded in a supportive churched and … [Read more...] about Are we a movement or a program?