Church Leaders

The goals that we adopt at charge conference and the hopes lifted up in council meetings rarely bring about real change. Like failed New Year’s resolutions, last year’s church plans go unimplemented. Instead of developing another mission statement that no one remembers, why not learn how to...
"To understand is hard. Once one understands, action becomes easy." (Sun Yat Sen)  This is especially true of the church. We may hope and pray for renewal, but until we understand what is holding us back, our every action is ineffective. Three questions have been proven effective in leading to...
You may feel like a penguin on an ice flow drifting away from the fellowship you love. The question is not whether you are on solid ground and the church adrift, or vice versa. The question is: How do you discern the will of God and learn to live compassionately in this moment? Coming in May...
In San Diego there’s a boat museum with three old submarines tied to the dock. I was visiting the Russian Whisky Class submarine from the 1970s, when I noticed a beautiful sailboat tacking against the wind in the harbor. What’s the difference between these two boats? The sailboat is dealing...
I talked with a well-trained, dependable, and highly fruitful youth pastor yesterday. Such creatures do exist. He was even the product of my own denomination (United Methodist), though now, is serving on the staff of a non-denominational church. His story speaks volumes about what needs fixed in...