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Three Stubborn Obstacles that Keep Your Congregation Stuck

Three Stubborn Obstacles that Keep Your Congregation Stuck   There are three stubborn obstacles that keep your congregation stuck. These barriers to renewal reinforce patterns of decline. Not only that, but these barriers also prevent congregations from moving...

Minority Rules

Minority Rules   The minority, not the majority, rules. You may think that because we live in a democracy, and like to give everyone voice and vote, to make sure that everyone has a seat at the table, that the majority would rule. You would be wrong. The minority...

Beyond the Hands and Feet of Christ

Beyond the Hands and Feet of Christ   A recent pastoral prayer I heard reminded me that it’s time to up your prayer game beyond praying to be the hands and feet of Christ. Longing to be a mere appendage of Christ is aiming too low. Rather than being the hands and...

What My First Marriage Taught Me About Acceptance

What My First Marriage Taught Me About Acceptance   Even though we weren’t married long, my first marriage taught me about acceptance. Doug, my first husband, was a smart, funny, kind person; a man of deep faith, and a lawyer by training. He had a heart of gold....

Do You Have the Faith of a Mailman?

Do You Have the Faith of a Mailman?   While I’m happily married now, and have been for almost 20 years, I fielded all sorts of unusual questions when I was a single pastor, and dating. One in particular sticks in my mind. “Do you think I’m an apostle?" Do I think...

Women, Leadership, and the B-Word

Women, Leadership, and the B-Word When a male leader is direct or decisive, he’s often known by a C-word:  Confident.  Competent. Charismatic. He’s prized as a strong, natural leader. Women in leadership, however, are often stuck with a less desirable word. With less...

The Most Vital Step Your Church Can Take to Address Racism

The Most Vital Step Your Church Can Take to Address Racism What is the most vital step your church can take to address racism? It’s an important topic that deserves ongoing conversation. In the words of US President Joe Biden, “We have all seen the knee of injustice...

The Four Rules of Helping

The Four Rules of Helping “I’m tired of giving people $40 toward a shut-off notice, or a plastic grocery bag of Spam and crackers, or a one night’s stay in a hotel as our feeble attempt at outreach here,” Rev. Tina Cross told me, her voice rising with conviction. “I...

Greening Our Faith

Greening Our Faith Going green is all the rage. But what does it really mean? For persons and communities of faith, it's more than just changing light bulbs, although that's important. Going green at its core is about recognizing our right relationship with both our...

Three Tips for Church Leaders in Weird and Crazy Times

Three Tips for Church Leaders in Weird and Crazy Times How do you lead well as a church leader in a weird and crazy world? Most church leaders were trained to lead congregations during times of relative stability. You knew you would have to work harder than your...

Beyond the Hands and Feet of Christ

Beyond the Hands and Feet of Christ   A recent pastoral prayer I heard reminded me that it’s time to up your prayer game beyond praying to be the hands and feet of Christ. Longing to be a mere appendage of Christ is aiming too low. Rather than being the hands and...

Do You Have the Faith of a Mailman?

Do You Have the Faith of a Mailman?   While I’m happily married now, and have been for almost 20 years, I fielded all sorts of unusual questions when I was a single pastor, and dating. One in particular sticks in my mind. “Do you think I’m an apostle?" Do I think...

Women, Leadership, and the B-Word

Women, Leadership, and the B-Word When a male leader is direct or decisive, he’s often known by a C-word:  Confident.  Competent. Charismatic. He’s prized as a strong, natural leader. Women in leadership, however, are often stuck with a less desirable word. With less...

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