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.  […]

Good Goat Guys

The Day of Atonement was a holy day set aside for fasting, prayer confession of sin and sacrifice for sin.  Two goats were required for the Day of Atonement – and a whole bunch of other stuff but I’m all about the goats right now.  One goat was killed as a sin offering for the […]

Shameless Plug Day

Today is shameless plug day.  I want to inform/ remind us all of some of the FMCiC resources available to you and your church as you work on this whole area of church health.  Ready?  Here we go. The Lifeplan. The LifePlan is a cyclic health conversation designed to lead congregations into responding and faithfully […]

Don’t Follow Me on Twitter

Someone I don’t know followed me on Twitter the other day.  I felt a little bad for them.  I am bad at Twitter.  I am not great at Facebook either but that’s a whole other blog.  If you know me and follow me on Twitter, I don’t feel bad for you.  You should know better.  […]