Category: Clergy

  • Podcast: “Make discipleship more affordable – the Church is too expensive”

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Recently, a meditation app announced plans to merge with an on-demand mental health services company. It makes total sense. But, much like mental health, discipleship also has levels. Most churches often sit at the highest level of both benefit as well as requirement. This makes it unaffordable for many people.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • Podcast: “Be a pastor of the future; don’t be a pastor of the past.”

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Another seven-minute ministry consultation on why a pastor of the future is a student of culture and not a convene of an event nor a curator of a community. This consultation is for ministry leaders wondering what their role is in a rapidly changing society.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • The gap between church and calling

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Until now, the religious contract that the Church had with people was that, through participation in the Church as an institution their own life and the world could be a better place.  Devotion is what the Church demanded; transformation (via belonging, ritual, activism, etc.) is what it offered in return. What the decline of Mainline Protestantism signals to […]

  • When mission / vision retreats are good

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you ever been through a mission / vision retreat that went well? Somehow, in church leadership, we learned that we cannot succeed without a mission statement after a long retreat of many a poster papers. That really is not true.  However, there is a key purpose to a mission / vision retreat, especially in […]

  • What is mission matching?

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Does your mission speak to the diversity of dreams in your community?  Are your members challenged to deeper commitment by your mission?  Can your leadership team find resonance and renewal in your mission? So many ministries are in survival mode right now. But, now is the time to undertake some short and long term planning.  […]

  • Not this ministry year – not this time around…

    How will your next ministry year be different than this past one? In fact, how will this year be different than any other ministry year in the past?  Could it, perhaps, be an exceptional year?  After a year of pandemic and coming to understand the body of Christ in new, digital-first ways, what could this […]