We found a small, wrapped box next to Jesus. Should we open it?
A new family skipped a lot of our holiday activities—and got me thinking.
In a post-industrial town, churches reimagine mission.
When it comes to addressing local problems, proclamation isn't enough.
A story about a search committee and a candidate
We were already active in our community. Now we're on overdrive.
When you embrace criticism instead of avoiding it, you get lots of chances to love your enemy.
Loving our enemies means arguing with each other about what matters most.
Here are some projections and assumptions I face in my current context—and responses that reflect what the church I serve is called to be.
It's up to pastors to remind each other to talk to people instead of about them.
Local ways are rarely senseless or stupid. It's just that a new pastor likely doesn't yet understand them as the locals do.
The church can be a space for difficult conversations about choices at the end of life—along with being a place for communal care.
I believe that my leadership has been most effective when I know who's giving what to the church.
Some churches have well-developed processes of assessment, support, and goal setting. Others have no review mechanism whatsoever.