Posts Categorized: Church Development

Barn Boots and Blessings

Someday is now Seeing the God dreams right in front of us by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   The Christmas tree is losing its needles and the cutout Santa cookies are beyond stale. Christmas 2017 is fast-becoming a memory. All eyes are now on 2018. That means our eyes are on the goals and dreams we… Read more »

Thinking small

Cloudy vision The inscrutable, unpredictable call of God By Sue Washburn I’m rarely accused of having my head in the clouds. I’m not the daydreaming, stare off into space sort. I feel most comfortable when I know what to expect in my day. I use my phone’s calendar app keep me on track. I get… Read more »

The Unglued Church

Whose fault is it? Blame has no place in the Kingdom of God By Susan Rothenberg  Whose fault is it? When a congregation reaches the end of its life, whose fault is it? A pastor who kept putting off retirement, and as he lost energy, so did the congregation? A music director who refused to play… Read more »

Unglued Church

Shake the dust off your feet When it’s time to move on in ministry By Mark Roth   British anthropologist Robin Dunbar suggested 20 years ago that most human beings’ social groups number about 150 people, which matches the typical size of ancient hunter-gatherer tribes. The idea behind the Dunbar number, as it came to… Read more »

Unglued church

Learning to let go Embracing what we cannot see By Sarah Robbins   “You really should just go ahead and embrace it.” When something new is happening in our life, like a change in job or relationship, people will often offer this perspective. When we are in pain or in grief or a little of… Read more »

Living in between

Why go it alone? Worship is not about the selfie By Abby King-Kaiser   When I was starting my first full time pastoring gig, I could not wait to work WITH people and plan worship. I could not have been more wrong about what planning worship would be like as a solo pastor, with emphasis… Read more »

Unglued church

The power of questions Leaders don’t have to have all the answers By Susan Rothenberg It took me a while to realize that the dumbest question I could ask either of my children is, “How was school today?” If you’re a parent, you already know how a child usually responds: “Fine.” The caring, concerned mom… Read more »

Small matters

God says GO! Uh, who me? By Sue Washburn A few years ago I was getting ready to preach a real, live sermon. I was about halfway through my seminary internship at a church and the pastor told me I’d be preaching the Sunday after Christmas. Me! Preaching! I started researching right away. It was… Read more »

Unglued church

When saying what’s true isn’t enough Faithfully moving forward By Sarah Robbins   It’s not enough to say what’s true. Every night before our 11 month old goes to bed, my husband and I tell him what’s true. We list like a litany all the people and categories of folks who love him and pray… Read more »

Speak out

Help! Our pastor is leaving! Effective transitional (interim) ministry By James E. Roghair   “We can’t waste any time! Everything will fall apart.” When a pastor leaves a church, the inclination of the congregation is to take off on a mad dash down one of two paths. It might rush to replace the pastor with… Read more »