My 2017 Religious Resolutions . . . So Far

Four months ago today I shared my resolutions for the new (church) year: During this church year I resolve to Join (and be actively involved in) a local community of faith Labor to make real on earth God’s realm of justice and peace Write about matters of faith that matter (primarily here on this blog) Teach (and continue learning) about Christianity and the world’s many great religions Discern an answer (or many answers!) to the question “What next?” Progress Report Since Read More …

Progressive Christianity in 2015

Nearly half a month into 2015 the newness of a new year is fading.  Those who made New Year's resolutions are either beginning to let them go or firmly engaged in their pursuit in ways that are sustainable. Tom Ehrich proposed a list of three faith trends for 2015 topped by "memories are fading."  Ehrich believes Christianity in the present and future will benefit by fewer and fewer Christians having memories of the boom time in American Christianity back in the 1950s.  He has rightly Read More …

Mid-Year Evaluation

While there is a lingering culture fascination with New Year's resolutions, the emphasis is clearly making rather than keeping them.  As one who has resolved more often than not to refrain from making such resolutions I surprised myself by making one in 2012.  I have managed to keep it, but have found it to be more challenging than anticipated on a few occasions. So What? We have reached the mid-point of 2012: six months experienced and six months remain.  This mid-point is the ideal time Read More …

Your Church’s Social Media Goals

Adam Bowers, owner of Adam Bowers Media, recently blogged about the advice he gives churches about creating social media goals.  Since there is no universally accepted standard of success and no simple way for parishes to determine how their results compare to other churches, he presents a solid framework for developing a social media strategy: Do your homework – research pre-existing social media use at your church. Before you can formulate goals, you need to make sure that those goals Read More …

Half Way Through 2011

I spent a great deal of time in my youth on soccer fields.  While no two games were the same, we always paused at the midpoint for half-time.  During the half-time break the coach helped us evaluate our performance during the first half and offered recommendations for what we needed to do in the second half.  Unfortunately there is no national half-time holiday each year to remind us to stop and assess our performance and consider what changes we need to make in the second half of the year to Read More …

A Leadership Check-Up

Seth Godin is the author of twelve books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change, and work.  He earned his MBA from Stanford, and was called “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by Business Week.  For more information visit his website or read his blog. He recently posted "Seven Questions for Leaders" Do you let the facts get in the way of a good story? What do you do with people who disagree with you... do you Read More …