Unpacking Church Innovation

The word innovation has been used more frequently the last few years in the church world.  I’ve found the reactions to its usage to be quite fascinating.  Some find the word exciting – seeing a future full of opportunity, hope, and possibilities. Others cite being “over it” already.  Some of our younger leaders state it […]

Innovating Starts with Your Ears

Remember when you first became interested in that special someone?  The two of you would spend hours together listening to stories about one another.  You had insatiable curiosity about one another’s likes, dislikes, childhood, and hopes and dreams for the future.  Every detail about who that person was became of the utmost importance to you.  […]

Innovating for Love

What church doesn’t want to new people to start coming on Sunday, right?  But what is the underlying reason for that desire to reach new people?  Are we looking for more people to ease the burden of paying the growing overhead expenses of the church?  Are we short on people to volunteer to carry out […]

The Colossal Crisis in Church Leadership

While we would all like to report and ultimately experience something different, we all know the alarming statistics.  Fewer people are choosing to become part of clergy leadership (especially younger people).  The same is true for laity in the church.  The most common dilemma the church is facing is the lack of competent leadership – […]

Strategic Ministry Planning

We blinked and it was summer and now the crisp fall season is in full swing.  Before this season slips away, be sure your leadership makes time for the critical work of strategic ministry planning for next year.  Have you calendared and begun to plan your church’s strategic ministry planning retreat with your leadership team […]

A Fresh Approach to Cooperative Parishes

The idea of cooperative parishes is nothing new.  In the past couple of decades, they have most commonly been used to solve an appointive dilemma. In other words, when a church can no longer afford a full-time pastor, no pastor at all, or experience some other reduction in pastoral support, the judicatory leader responsible for […]

Shifts Happen

Yep, that’s right . . . shift happens.  And most of the time we didn’t even see it coming – or going for that matter.  It just happened slowly over time.  It wasn’t intentional.  Shift just happened. Missional shift is so very common in the life of the church.  While it is likely common in […]