22 and ½ Things I have Learned in 22 and ½ Years (in one place)

I am a bit over half-way through year twenty-three as the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church.   On paper, the story of Christ Church’s growth from 200 to over 2,400 seems like a modern miracle but my mind today is on the people who represent those numbers.  Especially those who have been on this journeyContinue reading “22 and ½ Things I have Learned in 22 and ½ Years (in one place)”

Does Your Church Want a Future? (then “get” this!)

History will look upon the years that spanned our lifetimes and declare them to be a period of seismic cultural shift.  In the same way the Gutenberg Press changed the world in 1439, the advent of the personal computer and the internet has changed the world again.  We live in a time when the NormanContinue reading “Does Your Church Want a Future? (then “get” this!)”

My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “My Constant Temptation (is to just check out)”

Pushing Back (on Pushback)

I have been the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since July 1, 1997.  In this time we have grown by an average of one hundred each year in worship.  We are constantly engaged in the economy of change and have found that change brings with it both excitement and discontinuity.  TheContinue reading “Pushing Back (on Pushback)”

A Pastoral Statement

Pastoral Statement: I have been loving God, loving people and watching God work mightily at Christ Church for twenty-two years. That some may want those years of work suddenly defined by a “tweet” on the recent St. Louis General Conference is absurd. If you would like to know where I stand, I invite you toContinue reading “A Pastoral Statement”

Staying Effective as an Aging Leader

What if you don’t HAVE to get less effective as you get older? What if you just have to CHANGE?  I don’t know about you but I am not getting any younger.  After playing softball for decades, I now find it painful to bend over to pick up a bat, much less scoop up aContinue reading “Staying Effective as an Aging Leader”

Pastors Come and Go but the Mission Continues…

I arrived at Christ Church on July 1, 1997.  Here is my photo.  I was clearly a child.  I followed Rev. Bill Cooper. In the weeks after the big announcement, Bill made it his mission to prepare the church for the transition. He spoke of how excited he was that I was coming and thatContinue reading “Pastors Come and Go but the Mission Continues…”

Supporting Leaders and Leading Supporters

Can’t sleep tonight.  It happens.  Not very much but it happens. Praying for Christian leaders. My heart is heavy. Leadership circa 2017 is SO difficult. Throw the devil (yes, I believe in such stuff) into the mix and the task can seem overwhelming. I know some great leaders (and even better people) traversing tough stretchesContinue reading “Supporting Leaders and Leading Supporters”

Does Your Church “Get” It? (10 things churches must “get” to have a future)

  We all know that most churches are in decline.  We also know that some churches are growing and some are growing exponentially.  There are clearly some things growing churches “get” that declining churches do not. Here are ten things churches need to “get” to have a future.   Get strategic A decreasing number ofContinue reading “Does Your Church “Get” It? (10 things churches must “get” to have a future)”