Say, “Yes!”

The other day I found myself sitting on the 401 during morning rush hour.  Traffic was crawling on both sides of the highway with cars bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see.  I was living what was once my worst nightmare. I never really wanted to live in or near a big […]

It’s Not All About Me

So it’s a Monday.  And I’m writing this because I’m glad I went to church yesterday.  The truth is, I didn’t feel like going.  I might have even said that out loud.  See, I was not looking forward to the day.  The church I attend had its VBS all week and Sunday was Kids/VBS Sunday […]

We Got This

As many of you will know, these are interesting days in FMCIC land.  And not just “normal” interesting – you know all the regular challenges of doing ministry in our Canadian context.  This is a special kind of interesting.  We are in the midst of a denominational LifePlan and a search for the next.  Interesting […]

How Do You Treat Those Who Visit Your Church?

As part of my job as Director of Church Health, I have the privilege of visiting and preaching at a number of churches.  And I really enjoy it.  I have made a few observations I want to share with you about my church visits.  Some of these may apply to your church because a lot […]

I Feared the Psalms

I’m in the process of working my way through a Chronological Bible for my devotions.  Just in case you aren’t sure, a Chronological Bible does its best to present the events of Scripture in the order they occurred – at least in the opinion of the editors and/or scholars responsible for that Chronological Bible.  The […]

The How To Be Ready for Transition Check List

Much of my work involves churches in transition so I thought I would provide a how-to-be-ready-for-transition check-list.  It’s a handy list for churches currently in transition and those that are not. Every church will eventually be a church in transition. Every pastor is an interim pastor.  Sure some churches go longer between transitions than others.  […]