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Rebekah’s writing can also be found on Ministry Matters and Thrive Global.

Stewarding the Vision

George Bullard’s pivotal work, The Life Cycle and Stages of a Congregation, reinforces what the author of Proverbs once said, “Without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). It turns out this proverb holds true for churches, too. Bullard demonstrates that...

Voting Rights, Justice, and Faith

U.S. law is deeply embedded with systemic racism. It is also deeply embedded in the history of faith communities. That's why, since the murder of George Floyd, I have been hosting "The Uncomfortable Conversation Series." In these hour-long discussions, spiritual...

How to Overcome Negativity with Emotional Intelligence

People are on edge with each other, hypervigilant, buffeted in a sea of negativity. Clergy colleagues report that otherwise stable church folks are having meltdowns and launching into attack mode.  My husband, a cordial golfer, returned from the links last night...

The Gift of Unhurried Time

Most of my days are structured and filled to the brim with things to do.  While I enjoy them, and get a lot done, one key element is missing:  free-flowing creative time with God. This week, I am spending time away, working on a writing project.  In this case, away...

What to Leave Out in Conversations about Race

Racism is deeply intertwined with law, custom, and even religion. It’s so pervasive that it’s not always easy to identify, let alone dismantle. So constructive conversations about racism must be approached with emotional intelligence. Elsewhere I have written about...

The Surprising Impact of Emotional Intelligence on Racism

Emotional intelligence is a soft skill often prized in the world of interpersonal relationships. Can it be used as a tool to dismantle something as hard and ingrained as systemic racism?  My answer is a resounding yes.  In fact, I don’t think that the structures,...

The Most Vital Step Your Church Can Take to Address Racism

As conversations about race, racism, and racial justice heat up, you may be wondering what you can do to engage your congregation and your community on these topics. Where should you begin?  March for Black Lives Matter?  Write letters to the editor?  Support people...

How the Pandemic Prepared Churches for Addressing Racism

Over the last three months, the church pivoted quickly to be able to serve people in a new way.  You have made changes that needed to be made for years.  You have moved from being building-bound to offering online worship, from attendance-based giving to online...

Your First Sunday Back

“What should we focus on during our first Sunday back in the building?” someone recently asked me.  “Celebration,” I said, without thinking. “Celebrate who you have become through this pandemic.  A crisis of this proportion has expanded your capacity.  Own it....

Has COVID Undone Church Decline?

As churches prepare to re-open, it’s fair to ask if COVID has undone church decline. Over the last two months your congregation has gone through a transformation. You have created new forms of worship, established new means for people to give, and launched new forms...

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