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 […]

It’s Crazy Out There; Be Kind!

Just when I think it couldn’t get any crazier out there, it somehow does.  Nearly each day something happens that utterly surprises me.  In fact, I have even done some really crazy things myself lately.  I am not going to rat myself out.  Let’s just say I seem to be more forgetful lately – a […]

At the Heart of the Matter

In earlier posts I have suggested that people are searching for community and purpose.  People are lonely and many are depressed.  People are looking for a sense of purpose and impact.  Where the church has come to understand this is when a church is vital. When a church becomes part of the community and has […]

Relating to All Types of “Gathered”

In my most recent publication, Being the Church in the Post Pandemic World, I coined three different typed of “gathered” people as they relate to the life of the church.  They are three distinct groups of people with some similar characteristics and needs, but also some distinct differences.  These types are the already gathered, newly […]

Ready for a New Expedition?

As we have all discovered, a new future is before us.  Our post-pandemic world has created a new reality for us.  Much of that reality is yet to be revealed.  Are we ready to discover, explore, learn, and take the next faithful step into this new reality? As a church, do you ever feel like […]