I have found the Christmas Eve sermon the hardest one to prepare. The biblical story has little to do with where listeners..
As I consult with Presbyterian congregations, the same scenario keeps recurring: In 1966 the church was full; today, after five decades of..
Like marriage, confirmation is about the church’s desire to be a player in people‘s lives. It would serve better if it stopped..
Sunday morning is a non-starter for most young singles and young families. So how about Wednesday evening? I asked my 36-year-old..
I recently taught at Kenyon Institute’s writing seminar for religious professionals. Most of the work was about writing well: effective essays, blogs,..
Beware the “graying” of the church – says the common wisdom. I have been among those sounding the alarm as the average..
My first glimpse of why metrics matter came on a golf course when my playing partner showed up angry. His church had..
Should we include the treasurer’s report in the e-letter?” a church secretary asked me. We were working on a switch from..
As Sunday morning loses its hold on churchgoers and potential churchgoers, what comes next? How do faith communities nurture relationships? How do..
It is time for congregations to develop protocols for responding to hate initiatives on their doorsteps. As the intolerant lose any..
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