The rearview mirror

Bill Wilson

Only when past negative experiences fade in size can new life begin.

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The fire below

Bill Wilson

A blaze is smoldering beneath the platform of congregational life in the 21st century.

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Conflict as blessing

Bill Wilson

Don’t waste the opportunity to learn — and grow — through a crisis.

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Why your minister should be like your physical therapist

Bill Wilson

It may be safer to give spiritual back-rubs from the pulpit but that’s not what a church needs.

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The gardener, the garden and plants

Bill Wilson

What happens in the hidden hearts of leaders and participants determines a church’s viability and sustainability.

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Churches and gardeners

Bill Wilson

The gardener cares for the garden out of love and respect for what it is and can become.

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Gardening: A metaphor for churches

Bill Wilson

From beginning to end the Bible speaks of gardens, gardeners and growing things.

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Navigating the Land of the Giants

Bill Wilson

Moving forward requires careful packing for the journey.

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Your congregational aroma

Bill Wilson

A reality check to see if your congregation’s culture stinks.

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What can we learn from America’s cities?

Bill Wilson

Many of the country’s urban centers are struggling but others have found ways to revitalize. That may offer models for congregations.

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Modeling change for churches

Bill Wilson

Like churches, universities are shifting to engage contemporary culture. Their approaches can be models for congregations.

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Breaking the me-addiction

Bill Wilson

All of us crave a church that will cater to us. That self-addiction is at the heart of everyone.

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The case of the declining congregation

Bill Wilson

Overreaction to what appears to be decline in a church almost always leads to more damaging scenarios.

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Lessons from the rumble strips

Bill Wilson

Churches need alerts to recognize when their current path is leading them toward calamity.

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Small things make a difference

Bill Wilson

For all our fantasies that large-scale events make the lasting impressions in our ministry, the truth is something very different.

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