What’s Happened to the Heroes?

I don’t consider myself an old fogy or a prude, but I’m getting fed up with what’s happening to our superheroes.  Last year I eagerly anticipated the Watchmen movie, yet I left it disgusted at the glorification of brutality and the gratuitous violence that all but obscured the story.  Now, we […]

52

Age.  What a concept.  Yesterday (April 29) was my 52nd birthday, and I am contemplating what it means to be “middle-aged.”  Yes, I realize I have BEEN middle-aged for some time now, but for me 52 is about the mid-point of middle age.  Middle age seems to hit around forty, […]

Yesterday Once More

I am constantly amazed at how many churches are looking for their future in their past.  It’s a bit like looking in the cupboard to see if we can find the best meal we ever ate.  For a people who believe that their Savior makes all things new, we certainly […]

Broken By You

I remember attending the worship of a young pastor a few year’s ago who was presiding over his first communion.  He served a rural congregation, known far and wide for the ongoing conflicts within the small fellowship.  It was hoped he could bring peace to an embattled situation.  As he […]

Communichaos

Pastors are generally noted for their preaching and teaching — their communication skills.  Yet, have you ever noticed how often “expert communicators” have so much difficulty communicating?  I have been doing church consultation for almost twenty years, and the number one concern at both congregational and conference levels is often […]

Time for Change

I was on the phone recently with a pastor lamenting that his church wasn’t growing.  Beginning his fifth year, he confessed that he thought there would be better signs of vitality.  We talked about what he was doing and he told me that in his relatively short stint as appointed […]

Call Waiting

Are we missing something?  I have worked with college and seminary students for about twenty years now, and I am alarmed that the concept of “call” is on the endangered species list.  In a recent conversation about “call to ministry,” I actually had a second year seminary student come to […]

Model Students

We’re looking for a program that will turn things around.  We’re ready for change, but we lack that one key piece.  If we can just find the right model, we’re set!  We’re taking 28 people to Leadership Institute in October.  Our plan is to go take all the workshops we […]

Measuremental Disorders

Blog-buddy John Meunier asked me a question on his blog on a topic that I was in the middle of writing about on my blog.  So here is his question as well as my answer.  His question, “I wonder if anyone who has studied church vitality and maybe even written […]

First Impressions

I drove past a church sign last week (I am happy to say, NOT United Methodist) that proudly proclaimed, “Christ is Rised! Jesus is Load!”  Now, this might have been a mistake, though the church also has a banner outside advertising “Sevices 9 & 11.”  I don’t think these are […]