Pivoting

I've probably heard the word pivot more in the last three months than I have heard it in my entire life. I've probably used the word pivot more in the last three months than I've have in my entire life. In a COVID-19 world, pivoting has become trendy. We are doing things in a new… Continue reading Pivoting

4 COVID-19 Church Discoveries

Confession time, I don't like the term new normal. Normal is subjective to one's experience and the word normal implies that we all have the same experiences. We are using so much these days because we simply don't know what else to say. We also don't know what life will look like in the coming months, maybe even years.… Continue reading 4 COVID-19 Church Discoveries

A Pastoral Response to Coronavirus

It seems unreal that a couple of months ago many of us had never heard the word coronavirus.Today, that word dominates much of our conversation, our thoughts, even our actions.  I write this as a pastor, not someone with any infectious disease knowledge. You don't need me to tell you to wash your hands. Two… Continue reading A Pastoral Response to Coronavirus

5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

2020 is here and if you attended a religious community this weekend, you have perfect attendance for the year. Congratulations!  A new year brings new opportunity and a chance to reset our priorities and practices. Church folks are busy taking down the Advent and Christmas decorations and thinking about what 2020 might hold. Many are… Continue reading 5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

4 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Church to Welcome New People

By Tuesday, pastors and lay leaders have put last Sunday in the rear-view mirror and are thinking and planning for next Sunday. The thing about Sunday is that it always comes and there are no re-runs. Many are looking at visiting a church, perhaps your church, this Sunday. Welcoming these guests isn't as simple as opening… Continue reading 4 Things You Need to Do to Prepare Your Church to Welcome New People

3 Reasons Why More People Are Doing Lent

Several years ago I was talking with someone who attended the local mega-church. He was excited to tell me that his pastor had started a new tradition leading up to Easter called Lent. I asked if he meant that the church had started to observe Lent this year. "Oh no, he invented it for this year. Isn' t it… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why More People Are Doing Lent

4 Ways Your Church Can Empower New Leaders

No matter the size of the congregation or the size of the staff, the ministries of a church are primarily carried out through those who make up the church community. Many congregations experience a leadership vacuum, with long-time leaders burned out and newer members not being offered a seat at the table. We make it hard to… Continue reading 4 Ways Your Church Can Empower New Leaders

5 Resolutions for the Local Church in 2019

For most, their experience of the Church universal is the local church. The local church remains the most powerful vehicle through which to spread God's love and grace. Despite what many numbers tell us, I still believe that some of the local church's best days are still ahead of it, especially within mainline traditions. Today,… Continue reading 5 Resolutions for the Local Church in 2019

5 Things You Can Do for Your Pastor at Christmas

The administrator at church got in the habit of clearing my calendar and marking me out during the second week of January. The first time it happened I asked her about it. She was smart enough to observe that I put so much into and ran so fast during the Advent season, that once the… Continue reading 5 Things You Can Do for Your Pastor at Christmas

5 Simple Ways to Create a Better Church Experience

Monday morning. The moment when I was able to properly reflect upon what happened at church the day before. The thing about being a pastor is the next Sunday is always right around the corner. You need to find time to reflect upon what happened the previous Sunday so that you, your staff, and your… Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Create a Better Church Experience