What does the church have that culture doesn’t have? More importantly, what does the church have that culture shows absolutely no interest in having? Continue reading
That is the understandable question that church board members ask when their meetings begin to tilt toward Bible study, discussion of articles about the nature of God’s church, and prayer. Continue Reading →
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
The hurricane that is bearing down on the east coast as I write this, the earthquakes that have shaken Japan, the spilled cargo of an 18-wheeler that snarls traffic for hours on your way to work—these are bad, potentially dangerous disruptions. Continue reading
We are living and leading in interesting times. People are either turning to the church, with more demands and expectations on us as leaders and the church in general; or they are leaving the church sometimes hurt, sometimes confused, almost always searching for more. Continue reading
Presence. Perhaps one of the reasons our diverse pastoral cohorts are so generative is because these pastors spend three or four hours a month together for three years. They go away on retreats together. They travel together for a two-week pilgrimage in the Holy Land (nothing quite brings out the real self than extended travel!). In other words, they have occasion to build authentic relationships of trust, sometimes discord and reconciliation, and deep friendship. Continue reading