Innovating for Love

Innovating for Love: Christian Social Innovation by Kenda Creasy-Dean is part of The Greatest Expedition series that I was so fortunate to be able to collaborate with amongst nineteen thought leaders from around the country.  Each author and each resource offer precious golden nuggets of wisdom and next bold steps for this post-modern and post-pandemic […]

What’s Your Holy Disturbance?

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us asHe talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”Luke 24:32 NLT “After the crucifixion and, at that point, rumored resurrection of Jesus, some of the disciples were contemplating the events around Jerusalem as they walked home. A man joined them […]

WHAT’S YOUR STRESS LEVEL?

The pandemic has caused a mental health crisis. The number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed. This is marked with a 93% increase in anxiety screenings and a 62% increase in depression screenings (2020 over 2019) according to Mental Health in America. The number of people screened with moderate to severe symptoms […]

Cost of Lacking Self-Awareness

How healthy are our American pastors?  According to a recent Barna study, the statistics are quite alarming.  Only one in three American pastors scored excellent or good in all six physical and emotional health categories.  Forty-one percent had an excellent or good score in at least three of the six categories.  One quarter of pastors […]

The Cost of Low Laity Deployment

How many laity in your congregation are equipped and deployed in ministry (not meetings)?  Continuing in the series of Barna’s, The State of Your Church, the third needed church shift identified is, “A renewed Church required contributors and participants in gospel mission not just consumers of gospel content.”  In an earlier blog, we looked at […]

Needed: Objective Evaluation of Impact

“A renewed church requires Christian leaders who are characterized by honest and objective evaluations of the impact they are making.”  states David Kinnamon, President of Barna, in The State of Your Church.  What kind of evaluation process does your church have in place for every ministry, every leader, and the church’s vision?  How do you […]

The Cost of No Leadership Development

Every year the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development gathers.  They find the latest copy of the church’s pictorial (now at least 4-5 years old) and begin searching for their next victim – I mean nominee.  Who isn’t currently serving that they could finagle to say yes?  Who should call to ask them to serve […]

The Price You’re Paying for Lacking Discipleship

In Barna’s State of Your Church report, one of the key shifts identified that churches will need to make toward renewal is, “A renewed Church needs leaders who are in tune with the flourishing of the people they are serving and discipling.”  Barna has identified the areas of personal flourishing as faith, relationships, vocation, financial […]

The Greatest Expedition ReLaunch

Next week we are thrilled to be celebrating the ReLaunch of The Greatest Expedition!  The Greatest Expedition is a congregational journey for churches led by a church Expedition Team of 8-12 brave pioneering leaders. The purpose of The Greatest Expedition is to provide an experience for Expedition Teams to explore their local context using new […]

Introduction to Simplified, Accountable Structure

There is a growing curiosity from church leaders about Simplified, Accountable Structure.  The need for swift decisions during COVID drove more leaders to consider the model along with fewer people available to fill leadership slots.  But all too often, churches jump into this model of structure too quickly and without being fully informed.  They usually […]