What is the most important tool in the pastoral toolbox? What ability will strengthen all the other abilities with which one is endowed? And what … [Read more...] about Reading the Landscape
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
Everywhere I look, I see transitions underway as we close out 2013. Whether it be friends in the news business, local congregations, ministers in … [Read more...] about Making Sense of Change
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?
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
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
It comes in a variety of accents. It can be a man’s voice or a woman’s (my favorite is the female Australian). It can break your heart or serve as a … [Read more...] about Recalculating
For centuries the church has taken Ephesians 4 to heart and suggested that there are five primary roles for a minister to fulfill. Modern ministers … [Read more...] about A new ministerial role