Churches Should Stop Saying ______

A few days ago a colleague shared an article with me titled "Ten Things Churches Should Stop Saying." Written by Paul Miller - Support Minister for Waterloo Presbytery of the United Church of Canada - the piece lists 10 problematic statements that are frequently used in church life followed by a positive response to each. Overcoming this often pervasive form of negativity is key to building a healthy congregational culture.  Toward that end, I share two items from Miller's list before Read More …

What’s Missing in Your Church?

Shawn Murphy, principal consultant at Achieved Strategies and co-founder of Switch and Shift, recently blogged about what is missing in organizations. Murphy suggests, "Too many of our workplaces have become a place where employees plug in, do their work, unplug and go home."  In response, he offers a list of ways to improve this all too common situation: Optimism Freedom Paradox Cooperation   So What? As an organization, the local church can also become a place where Read More …

Your Pastor Wants to Tell You

W. Allen Thomason recently wrote a post about things your pastor wants to tell you, but lacks the courage to say.  He writes, "I know that every pastor has things on his or her heart that he or she would love to tell the church, but they never get said for fear that it might cost them their job in the long run."  The following items are among those on Thomason's list: The Pastor is not responsible to do all your “Christian Stuff” for you You are not as loving as you think you are  This Read More …

Review of Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code

Samuel R. Chand.  Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration. Jossey-Bass: 2011. ISBN: 9780470627815. Meet the Author Samuel R. Chand is an author, conference speaker, and consultant.  He has written five books including Cracking Your Church's Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration (2011), Ladder Shifts: New Realities, Rapid Change, Your Destiny (2006),  What's Shakin' Your Ladder? 15 Challenges All Leaders Face (2005) and Read More …