Congregational Apathy

Over the past few years, I have noticed a growing sense of what I refer to as congregational apathy.  The symptoms are be identified as a desire and openness for great things to happen, but no energy, personal commitment, or tolerance for any needed changes, or sense of urgency for the great things to come […]

Post-Pandemic Flexibility

If we have learned nothing else in the past year and a half, we have learned the need to be flexible!  We have learned to change directions at a moment’s notice.  We have adapted to new working and learning environments.  We shifted to home delivery and curbside pickup for meals, groceries, and other household necessities.  […]

Post-Pandemic Commitment

As I have repeatedly written about in this past year, the opportunities available to the church at this pivotal time in history are endless.  All of these opportunities are grounded in one key foundational understanding.  And, that understanding is in purpose.  That is, the understanding in why the church exists.  The church is one of […]

Post-Pandemic Courage

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to […]

Post Pandemic Vision

Most church leaders are familiar with the life cycle of a church.  When a church is on the growing side of the life cycle, vision followed by external relationships are driving the church.  When the church begins to plateau and fall into decline, vision is the first to wane, relationships become internally focused, and structure […]

Pastors and Staff as Equippers

“The moment you hand power over to other people, you get an explosion of curiosity, innovation, and effort.” Joshua Cooper Ramo Too often I hear Pastors and paid staff express concerns about not enough volunteers to serve.  Likewise, I cringe when I hear Board/Councils’ first response to a desire to grow a ministry is to […]

What if …

Do you ever find yourself in the wondering mindset of “what if?”  What if usually provides opportunities for what is possible.  Granted for some people “what if” takes them to a place of all the possibilities of negative things that could happen.  But for many of us, it places us into a position of thinking […]

Living in Times of Possibility

In this past year we have all likely been feeling a bit (or a whole lot) off balance, out of step, or wondering what lies ahead for us in the future.  At times it has felt disorienting, confusing, and perhaps even overwhelming.  I have heard the word weary used more often in the past year […]

Transition Time

While some are ending their school year or even graduating, in the church world many are entering into a time of transition.  This is a time when there is soon to be a change of pastoral leadership.  This could be a senior pastor or an associate pastorate.  This is a time of transition for both […]