How to Create a Culture Shift

How to Create a Culture Shift

At Shepherd of the Hills Church, it’s been a long time since the cries of children interrupted worship. That’s okay with this aging congregation. Although they miss younger people, they appreciate less commotion. If only they could get some responsible families,...
When Discipleship Isn’t Enough

When Discipleship Isn’t Enough

Discipleship pathway systems are all the rage in the United Methodist Church these days. And with good reason. These systems are supposed to produce disciples, i.e. growth, and thus enable churches to fulfill the Great Commission, as well as the mission of the...
What’s the Difference between Discipleship and Apostleship?

Women, Leadership and the B-Word

When a male leader is direct, confident, or decisive, he’s often known by a C-word:  Confident.  Competent.  Charismatic.  He’s prized as a strong leader, a natural leader.  A woman, however, is often stuck with a less desirable word. With less desirable...

Reinventing Religion

I attended two Passover Seders last week.  One I led for a large group of New Mexican church-going Christians.  The other was in the home of my Jewish kid brother and our religiously, ethnically diverse gathering of family and friends.  The first one was designed to...

3 Hidden Leadership Skills of Jesus

The world wants more of churches: more spirituality, more community, more engagement, more love, more miracles, more demonstration of the kingdom. Not less.   Yet, most of us are serving shrinking, declining, even dying churches. If our leadership is to be effective,...