The Power of Community to Heal

The Power of Community to Heal

We live in a time of deep political, economic, religious, social, racial, and generational polarization. It’s hard to agree on truth, let alone find traction to move forward. Yet, the church has an important role to play. We know the power of community to heal. So,...
How to Build Spiritual Community

How to Build Spiritual Community

Belonging is a key aspect of mental health, happiness, and productivity. This is especially true in a post-pandemic world. It’s why creating true community at church—community that is both social and spiritual—is essential. In this article, I’ll share three ways to...
How Your Church Can Partner with Your Community

How Your Church Can Partner with Your Community

“I’m a pastor, not a warehouse manager,” Rev. Leigh Goodrich said to the church trustees when they complained that they had no free space to store things anymore. “I’m not here to deal with your stuff. At least not that stuff.” Leigh’s church had been in the process...
My New Year’s Resolutions 2022

My New Year’s Resolutions 2022

As I look toward 2022, I have mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation. Will the pandemic finally be over, life returning to a semblance of normal? Will we, as a nation and as individuals, take on the big issues of gun violence, homophobia, and racism, and start treating one another more as a beloved community? Casting uncertainty aside and focusing on the positive, I sat down to make my New Year’s Resolutions for 2022.

Eight Ways to Fill Your Pews

Eight Ways to Fill Your Pews

How to fill your pews has been a question since before the pandemic. It is especially compelling now. As you think about this important question, keep in mind the following eight facts, and eight ways you can act. I encourage you to share this article with your key leaders and decision-makers so that you can discover the unique ways you will choose to fill your pews this year.