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Words that define your church’s culture

Words that define your church’s culture

We get what we deserve when it comes to creating our church’s culture. Church’s culture doesn’t happen by accident. It’s created and reinforced by what you say and do on a regular basis. Culture is often described as the way we do things here just as Hewlett-Packard used to talk about theHP Way.  Viewing culture

Endings and beginnings

Endings and beginnings

The ending or beginning of a new calendar year, program year or church season provide opportunities to reflect on the past and to imagine what God is up to in our lives. In preparation for the season of Advent I usually take a short trip to the Grand Canyon a few days before Thanksgiving.  I

Avoiding Ground Hog Day

Avoiding Ground Hog Day

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray experiences the same day over and over. I see this same phenomena occur in congregations when I see the same programs offered year after year with little attention paid to their impact. I see Ground Hog Day occur when meetings continue to be run in ways that are described

Letting go of not letting go

Letting go of not letting go

While waiting for my flight home from Detroit to Minneapolis today, I heard two men despairing about the decline in worship attendance at their congregations. Both highlighted pending changes they were hoping would taking place in the near future – replacing the minister, hiring a youth worker and creating better advertisements to promote their congregation

10 reasons why people disengage

10 reasons why people disengage

A pastor I spoke with today was struggling with how to deal with disengaged leaders.  I shared with him  a “Top 10” list I frequently share with leaders I coach. congregations and I thought I’d share the list with you too. 1.We assume that people know the “Why”. We spend too much time talking about