Twenty Core Values to Guide You (in tough times)

Here are twenty core values that guide me every single day. Especially in tough times. 1. Remember your call. When things get tough, remember why you chose to do what you do. 2. Keep your primary relationships strong 3. Tend your soul 4. Get better every day 5. Add value to the lives of others.Continue reading “Twenty Core Values to Guide You (in tough times)”

Thinking About Returning to On-Site Church?

If you have not been to on-site services at your church since the pandemic began and are considering returning, here are seven thoughts: 1) Churches are running way less than half what they did per-pandemic; there is more room for distancing than you probably think. 2) Most churches have taken substantial measures to keep peopleContinue reading “Thinking About Returning to On-Site Church?”

Melissa is Retiring (and I am humbled)

Melissa is retiring. We will honor her service on Sunday. We will serve carrot cake and coffee. I am humbled. My wife, best friend and ministry partner Melissa Bishop is retiring. I am happy for her. She has served as the Youth Director, Worship Director and most recently, the Education Director at Christ Church overContinue reading “Melissa is Retiring (and I am humbled)”

SURVIVING IN THE FISH BOWL

Lay people who love God often have romantic ideas about vocational ministry. They think it will be like getting paid to go to an endless church camp. The reality is that vocational ministry IS very much like church camp; WORKING at a church camp! Employees cook meals, wash dishes, mow the lawn, maintain the property,Continue reading “SURVIVING IN THE FISH BOWL”

Four Little Things (A Movement of One)

Thinking a bit. I wonder if four little things we all can do might help the state of our world: 1) Let’s clean up our language. There is just no need for it. Leave yourself something to say when you get really mad. Bad language disrespects everyone. 2) Let’s tap into manners. Please and thankContinue reading “Four Little Things (A Movement of One)”

Might COVID-19 Save the Church?

A thought popped into my mind.  What if the COVID-19 Global Pandemic ends up saving the Western church?  Think about it. The Western church has been in decline for decades and with a few notable exceptions, has addressed the collective decline by doing more of what it was doing previously.   What was it doing? Continue reading “Might COVID-19 Save the Church?”

Seven Post-COVID Questions for Churches (that need to be asked right now)

Louisville, Illinois. 1984. I was about half-way through my first year of teaching history at North Clay Jr. High School.  I was twenty-two.  It was time for parent-teacher conferences and I needed some advice.  I had never been on this side of things before.  I dropped by the room next door for some counsel fromContinue reading “Seven Post-COVID Questions for Churches (that need to be asked right now)”

What We Want to Hear (A Perspective on Race)

When my daughter Lydia was in high school we didn’t really talk much. We spent time together but we didn’t really talk. In fact, I used to joke that the words she most often spoke to me during her teen-age years were, “Dad, is mom there?” and that was over the telephone. When we didContinue reading “What We Want to Hear (A Perspective on Race)”

Churches: Get Your Defense Off the Field!

COVID is like a bad headache that just won’t go away. Regardless of your opinion on why people have headaches, how to prevent headaches or how to properly treat headaches, one reality remains. We have a collective headache. Right about the time church leadership couldn’t get any harder; it got harder. About half of churchesContinue reading “Churches: Get Your Defense Off the Field!”