Your First Sunday Back

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?

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...
Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Crises generate both chaos and miracles.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused breakdowns of every sort, it has also created breakthroughs. The pandemic has revealed to us what’s most important, most essential, to us. Especially in the areas of worship, spirituality...
How to Stave Off the Post-Pandemic Blues

How to Stave Off the Post-Pandemic Blues

“I’m really depressed about everything that is going on,” my long-time friend Lin confided to me.  I understood.  After all, her state had been in a serious lockdown.  Her fiancé was sheltering in place five states away.  She was stuck at home where once she was used...