We Don’t Need Volunteers (We Need Ministers)

Every February at Christ Church we hold a conference called “Navigating Change.”  Our best attended break-out sessions always involve “finding volunteers” in some way, shape or form.  All churches of all sizes are always looking for more volunteers and are hungry to learn how to find them!  Surely we need “laborers for the harvest” butContinue reading “We Don’t Need Volunteers (We Need Ministers)”

Ripping the name off the back of the uniform…

I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan.  It is not mandatory that I do not like the Yankees (as juxtaposed with our signed covenant to hate the Cubs); but I somewhat resent the Yankees.  They have an infinite amount of money to spend in the building of their team and the Cardinals have to doContinue reading “Ripping the name off the back of the uniform…”

When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust”

Every month I balance my checking account on Quicken.  Well, I sort of balance my checking account.  I am usually within a hundred dollars one way or the other (except for last month and possibly the one before that…) and I have zero interest in getting down to the penny if I am that close. Continue reading “When God doesn’t “Reconcile,” hit “Adjust””

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?

Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church? I often get the opportunity these days to help pastors and congregations think about growth.  Here is a formula I use when I consult.  Take your sanctuary capacity; multiply it by .75 and double it.  That is your target.  I see a lot of churches in USAmericaContinue reading “Are We Inviting the Wrong People to Church?”

Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the  church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s.  It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism.  In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call my own and myContinue reading “Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”

Simmering the Stress (of church leadership)

Simmering the Stress (of church leadership) Some years ago (when I was still “young-ish”) my health was in a rapidly declining state.  Christ Church was moving from 400 in worship each weekend toward 750 and it was literally killing me.  Our staff was a mess, the congregation was in flux and I was doing theContinue reading “Simmering the Stress (of church leadership)”

One Pastor’s Thoughts on Clergy Attire (Don’t Wear Cargo Shorts)

Some years ago (before dressing down was the norm) I spoke at a hip, new church plant. They had a clearly defined church culture (before I knew what church culture was) and were thriving. Upon arrival I was greeted by a person assigned to me for the morning. He was dressed in some Dockers andContinue reading “One Pastor’s Thoughts on Clergy Attire (Don’t Wear Cargo Shorts)”