Articles, Church Board Articles, Leadership Conversations

The Whole

This month, church boards will convene in the wake of the U.S. midterm elections. A congregation of any size has within it those who do not agree with one another socially, politically, theologically. What does belonging to one another in a church mean when the headlines of the day are serving to confirm, agitate, delight, and divide? How can you build community and nurture trust not only in your worship but in your board meeting? Continue reading

Articles, Church Board Articles, Leadership Conversations

The Main Thing…the Only Thing

If we feed people spiritually, all the true institutional needs of a congregation will be taken care of.

I think the corollary is also true: congregations can organize, plan, arrange, recruit, announce and invite folks to all types of things, but if the deep spiritual needs of women and men, girls and boys, are not addressed, the institutional needs of any congregation will resemble a parched desert. Continue reading