Addressing Age Gaps: Outreach and Ministry

Addressing Age Gaps: Outreach and Ministry

Participating Project Thrive congregations are moving towards their Future Conversations and will soon create their Initiative Proposals in the fall. The concern of age gaps between congregations and surrounding communities was heard in multiple Present Conversations...

Likeability in Leadership

What does it take to be a leader who is well-liked?  Just as any of us can learn and develop certain leadership skills, we can also build into our lives certain qualities and characteristics that will make us more relatable, perhaps more inclusive, more empathetic,...

Vulnerability is a “Must Have”

In the most normal of times, it takes great effort to establish and/or maintain a culture of trust. It is certainly true as we move through and come out on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. And no doubt pastors feel the weight of it.   Pastor leaders hold the...

Let’s Be Honest About Spiritual Discernment

For many years, I have been a fierce proponent of churches using Spiritual Discernment as they navigate their future. I have worked in hundreds of settings, across multiple denominations (and no denominations), in city/urban/suburban/rural locations, and across all...

How is Your Community Changing?

Have you ever tried to define your community? How would you describe it? What are all the parts of people and things and businesses that make up your community? As leaders of your own community, you have likely witnessed changes caused by natural disasters, social...

What You Have Makes All the Difference

All four Gospels relate the story of the Feeding of the 5000.  In these stories, when faced with the overwhelming need of feeding a large group of people, Jesus told the disciples to “go look” and discover what resources they had.  He did not want to know what they...