The Stuff That Doesn’t Get Mentioned

When you do a good amount of Church Health or Church Revitalization reading, you will start to see some common themes emerge.  I can almost guarantee you that you will read about prayer, discipleship, outward orientation, mission and vision.  Those topics come up over and over again.  And they need to.  They are all important. […]

Slow Down and Listen

As Director of Church Health, part of role is to walk churches through tools like the LifePlan or orient search teams to the transition process or show up to unpack the Church Health survey with boards and leaders.  And as I do this I need to stop and remember that above all what we are […]

Stuff I Say to Churches

Every church is different.  And so every conversation I have with churches has its own flavour.  That being said, there are a few things that I seem to say to a lot of churches as we talk about becoming healthier.  So I thought I should write them down and reflect on them a bit. There […]

What We Need

I’m going to say something that might be obvious to you.  It’s something that needs to be said repeatedly.  And it’s something we should never forget but I’m afraid that sometimes we do. We need God.  When it comes to building a healthy church, we need God.  When it comes to making disciples, we need […]

A Bunch of Healthy Questions

It’s that time of year when many of us start thinking about what’s next.  We review where we are and consider where we want to be.  Then we plan out the changes we need to make in order to get there.  We call them New Year’s Resolutions.   As we make our resolutions, plan our […]

One Another and the Other

As we wrap up 2016 and look ahead to the new year, I want to share four important thoughts with you. 1)  One another.  “One another” shows up over and over again in the Scriptures.  It is often used in the context of how Christ followers are to live together.  We were created for community. […]

We Need ALL Kinds of Churches

Thanks to my friend Tanya, whose heartfelt conversation with me helped stir and focus these thoughts. Scripture talks about God’s church being like a body.  And when it talks about the body, it talks about a lot of different parts needing to work together.  It talks about all these parts needing each other.  So eyes […]