New Year New Plan

Yep, it is that time again.  It is a new year, so many are setting their new year’s resolutions.  The gyms will be packed this week, but in two weeks, the crowds will likely be back to pre-January numbers.  Many are not really resolved to make any changes after all. How about your church? Does […]

Consensus vs Missional Alignment

In this time of deep change and cultural shifts, there is much conversation about how one leads change.  For local church leaders, there is often the desire to lead by consensus.  I am convinced that there much have been a seminary class on leading by building consensus as this seems to be a common understanding […]

Four Lanes of the Church Body

Is it not true that the One who climbed up also climbed down, down to the valley of earth? And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed […]

Plan After Christmas Now

As we enter into Advent, I doubt you want to hear about the need to plan for January now!  Afterall, there is so much to do over these next weeks – Cantata practices, children’s Christmas program rehearsals, the annual women’s cookie exchange, gift collection for at-risk families in the community, and final touches on Christmas […]

Easy on the Church Talk

While working with a wonderful church team recently, I asked the team what they might offer as a handoff (next small step after an initial introduction to the church through an outreach event) that wasn’t “come to worship.”  With the best of intentions and purest of heart, one woman lovingly replied, “But they just don’t […]

Taking Christmas to the Community

Advent is a special time for the church – as it should be!  The church calendar is full of activities such as practices and events like the hanging of the greens, the Children’s Nativity Play, the Christmas Cantata, the cookie exchange, Christmas caroling, Sunday school class parties, staff luncheons, special fundraisers, collection of gifts for […]

Similarities of Church and Weddings

My son was recently married and I was reflecting on how weddings and churches are similar.  Granted there are many differences, too.  But I was struck by how just many similarities there were. To start, both churches and weddings bring together families of different origins.  In doing so, there are different customs, traditions, beliefs, and […]