One hour a week?

“Since churches aren’t meeting on Sunday, pastors shouldn’t draw a salary.” I’ve actually heard that (more than once) from people during this COVID19 pandemic. Do pastors really have less to do now? You tell me.   Pastoral care needs have increased. People are in crises. Not just some people, but everyone. Health. Employment. Isolation. Fear.Continue reading “One hour a week?”

The what and why don’t change, just the how

The current pandemic is disrupting familiar patterns of work like, including pastoral ministry. Congregations don’t meet in person on Sunday morning. In person team/committee meetings must follow social distancing guidelines (my mom, who is an elder at her church, insists on a solid 6 feet between her and others). Checking in on people is nowContinue reading “The what and why don’t change, just the how”

Want to grow your church?

I’ve spent over two decades as a local church pastor in congregations concerned about growth. In my experience, folks look for every tool or technique for growth except the ones Jesus gave us. Invitation and inclusion. Jesus invited people to life in the Kingdom as co-heirs of God’s good gifts and co-laborers in God’s shalomContinue reading “Want to grow your church?”

…when an organization is doing badly…

Fear is such a powerful motivator that it can force us to act in ways that are completely counter to our own or our organization’s best interests. Fear can push us to choose the best finite option at the risk of doing infinite damage. And when we face fear, we hide the truth. Which isContinue reading “…when an organization is doing badly…”

When you use a word…

Missional…I can hear the groans. In church circles (does anyone else use that word?) the word missional is overused and ill-defined. That makes it practically useless. Yet, it seems church folks insist on using it. It goes a step further. Often people use the word missional to communicate something important/distinct/etc. while actually complaining that theContinue reading “When you use a word…”