Navigating Change in Church Renewal

Change is scary, but not changing is even scarier. Just ask Kodak or Blockbuster. Improvement requires change, so if you never change, you can never improve. This is true at camera companies, movie rental companies, …

Renewal and Downsizing Well

Most North American churches need downsizing.  Lifeway Research (see here) notes that today’s median worship attendance is 65, down from 137 in 2000.  This downsizing trend has been accelerated by three factors: a cultural shift …

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

What do you love? What does your congregation love? These are essential questions to dig into because St. Augustine states, “Wherever I am carried, my love is carrying me.” Putting it another way, our congregations …

Human Sexuality Conversations and Church Renewal

Essential to church renewal is congregational health.  Without healthy relationships revitalization is impossible.  Sadly, many congregations needing a fresh start are mired in unhealthy dialogue about same sex attraction, gender identity and Christian discipleship.  These …

Incarnational Ministry In 2023

Every Christmas, we celebrate the miracle of the incarnation. During this season, we preach about how Jesus humbly became human so that we could know who God is and so that he could pay the …

Church Renewal Jazz

Before serving as a lead pastor, I spent more than a decade leading worship ministries. Many of the lessons I learned as a worship pastor have applied directly to my ministry today. In fact, I’ve …

A New Way of Thinking About Discipleship

Our traditional understanding of discipleship requires a paradigm shift. A “paradigm” is a “pattern” of thinking and understanding. A classic example is thinking of the world as flat. Columbus’ excursion to the “New World” challenged that …

Unlocking the Power of Gratitude

The table could barely hold all the food — turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. Mom sat the last plate at the table and called everyone to the dining …