It’s a beautiful irony of human experience that we work so hard to keep things static, and all the while they are always constantly changing.
Change is a gift from God, but too much too quickly can leave us bewildered.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is shutting down the 21-year-old Center for Congregational Health and transferring congregational and clergy consulting to a new free-standing organization being formed by the center’s current president.
Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.
Constant reformation is needed to keep the church viable.
Seminaries have created enough predictable, conventional, cookie-cutter ministers. The church needs ardent, zealous, incensed, enraged and impassioned ministers.
How many staff members a church needs and can afford is a conversation that no one wants to have, but good stewardship demands it.
Churches should value the importance of an educated clergy, but church leadership also should be educated about what the various degrees represent and the value of experience blended with education.
Questions about identity and calling in a congregation are rarely answered with the application of prepackaged strategies.