Navigating the Rapids (Never Quite Like This)

Some years ago when my kids were at home, we decided to go white water rafting on the Big Pigeon River in North Carolina.  In our orientation, the guide spoke of the dangers that lay ahead and how important it was to do what he said.  He mentioned three sets of rapids in particular thatContinue reading “Navigating the Rapids (Never Quite Like This)”

A PASTORAL LETTER (Reopening our Churches)

A PASTORAL LETTER: When Will Christ Church Re-Open? On Friday, the President declared houses of worship “essential” and demanded that Governors allow worship services (provided such houses meet CDC guidelines). Some may have interpreted from that announcement that Christ Church would immediately re-open; it is a bit more complicated. First of all, the President askedContinue reading “A PASTORAL LETTER (Reopening our Churches)”

Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s

Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s will continue to be an ongoing process of navigating a jagged series of unpredictable no-win scenarios. This is not an anomaly; it is the new normal. We are going to have to get used to it. Effective leaders will have to be: 1. laser focused on their mission 2. empatheticContinue reading “Leadership in the Roaring 2020’s”

Enough

Have you “had enough” of this whole COVID-19 thing? “Enough” is an interesting word.  When we can stand no more we declare that “We have had enough” or “Enough already.”  When things are going well, we may say that “We can’t get enough.”  In times of need, “We don’t have enough.” I have become convincedContinue reading “Enough”

Pastors Are Not Ministry Mutants (COVID-19 Edition)

In my early days in ministry, I thought of the Apostle Paul as a Ministry Mutant. He was wholly different than regular people and was Holy Ghost hardwired for the rigors of ministry. This was absurd. By making Paul “nothing like me” I conveniently excused myself from being “anything like Paul.” As long as PaulContinue reading “Pastors Are Not Ministry Mutants (COVID-19 Edition)”

Why On-Line Church is Thriving (and how to leverage it forward)

I am reading a lot of articles, posts and blogs about how churches are reaching more people now than they did when actual humans were sitting in their pews. Our on-line numbers are way up as well.  I truly rejoice that so many people are joining us via the internet but we must be carefulContinue reading “Why On-Line Church is Thriving (and how to leverage it forward)”

Resurrection Hope (Noah, Elijah and COVID-19)

Title: The Story of Us: Resurrection Text: Luke 24: 5-7 God said and there was…and it was excellent in every way until it wasn’t.  In an epic love story, we spend the whole of the Old Testament trying to buy back to what was lost in the Fall.  Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah,Continue reading “Resurrection Hope (Noah, Elijah and COVID-19)”

Podcast: Part 2 Shane’s “12 things I see Happy People Do.”

Only 33% of Americans consider themselves to be happy. Shane Bishop’s blog “12 things I see happy People Do” has been read over 4 million times. Mike and Shane discuss why “happiness” is about the choices people make, in part 2 of this series.  Apple Podcast/iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ncsm-episode-1-part-2-shanes-12-things-i-see-happy/id1504509135?i=1000469478815 Podbean: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-phimz-d7319f

Podcast NCSM Episode 1: Part 1. Shane’s “12 things I see Happy People Do.”

Only 33% of Americans consider themselves to be happy. Shane Bishop’s blog “12 things I see happy People Do” has been read over 4 million times. Mike and Shane discuss why “happiness” is about the choices people make, in part 1 of this series.