Church Leadership

How Deep the Well?

With apologies, this is a “rerun” of the post I put up in March.  A number of people have asked for it to be “made available” because they had trouble finding it.  I’m just reposting it to make it easier to find.  The topic is clergy self-care, but it applies […]

Martyrdom or Majesty

Perhaps the biggest surprise I received at “Charm School” (the denominational training for District Superintendents and Directors of Connectional Ministry) was a widespread sense of burden and sacrifice that presenter after presenter lifted up and focused on.  (Not all of them, but many… our plenary speakers on Poverty and Global Health […]

Creating the Frankenchurch Monster

I sometimes get accused of being negative.  Okay, fine, this post is definitely negative.  However, it is not a blaming or accusing post.  It is merely describing something bizarre and ugly — patchwork bodies of Christ, slapping together bits and pieces (s0me dead) to create a well-intentioned mockery of life.  […]

Charm School

All this next week (August 23-28) I will be attending the New District Superintendent & Director of Connectional Ministries Orientation hosted by the General Boards of Higher Education & Ministry and Discipleship & our Council of Bishops in Lake Junaluska.  This annual shindig is lovingly known as “charm school.”  It is […]

“We” Faith in a “Me” Culture

I am convinced that the most serious challenge to the Christian church in the United States is the individualistic, consumeristic, self-indulgent, and personal entitlement mindset of most Americans.  On a recent church visit, I met a forty-something woman who told me, “I come to church for me.  I ask my […]

Creating a Type III Church

In college, I learned an incredibly important lesson about problem solving and planning.  It involved errors, and four main types of errors we make but are often unaware of.  A Type I error involves applying a good solution to the right problem, not getting the expected result, and abandoning the […]

Bipolar Church

bipolar — characterized by opposite extremes, as two conflicting political philosophies When I began doing congregational consulting in the late 1980s, I made a distinction between two core strategies of healthy churches: growth or mission.  A growth strategy pursues more — more people, more programs, more money, more building, more […]

30 Minute Expertise (Event-gelism)

How long does radical transformation take?  What is a reasonable time frame for the development, first of competency, then of mastery?  Put another way, how long would it take you to become Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods?  Think you could reach mastery by attending a weekend retreat or a one […]

Behavior Modification or Transformation?

Some comments at the School of Congregational Development highlight an incredibly important distinction.  “We’ve heard all this before.  The problem is putting it into practice.”  “You don’t have to talk me into thinking this is important, tell me ways to make it happen.”  “Doing this stuff is a lot harder […]