Core Values

Driven to Abstraction

Recently, a young pastor shared this story with me.  He and his congregation studied Vital Signs together over a year ago, and they have been working to balance their inward focus (ministries for the membership) with an outward focus (ministries to the community).  He thought the church was doing a really […]

Designer Wineskins

Two recent experiences stay in my mind that cause me to question some of the current values driving many of our churches.  Three values specifically call for some reflection: do we prefer substance or do we prefer style? are we more concerned about our identity or our image? is being […]

A Clash of Values

It is said that one of the most important functions of leadership is to bridge the gap between where we really are and where we say we want to be.  Where we are — our current reality — reflects our lived values.  Lived values are those that cause us to […]