Managing Decline or Pruning the Tree?

Every mainline Protestant institution---churches, denominations, seminaries, publishing houses, parachurch ministries, non-profit organizations---has been dealing with decline for decades. Increasingly, this is becoming the norm for evangelical institutions as well. I routinely find myself in … Read more about Managing Decline or Pruning the Tree?

Why Evangelism?

I've never had "evangelism" in my job title before, and quite frankly I never thought that I would. Though most people never said anything out loud, when I told them about my new job I could see the curiosity in their eyes. Why would I leave a successful pastoral ministry at one of the most … Read more about Why Evangelism?

The Peter Principle at Church

For a while now I've been wanting to make periodic posts that take Seth Godin's brilliant daily posts on business and marketing and apply them to my world in the church, under the tag "Seth Goes to Church." Here goes. I may go back and do this for some of my favorite posts that I've held on … Read more about The Peter Principle at Church

Unity not Uniformity in Post-Christendom

For a while now I have been reflecting on the difference between unity and uniformity in the church. Last week's post about "Playing at Presbyterianism" helped me frame this reflection in terms of the shift from Christendom to post-Christendom. As it has become clear that I need to do a better job … Read more about Unity not Uniformity in Post-Christendom