Church Turnaround: An Example

Rick McKinley, Director of Congregational Development for the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, recently shared an example of church turnaround.  While I encourage you to read his entire account, I want to focus on one significant shift: the role of pastor. Based on what they'd learned about themselves and their community, a strategic change in pastoral leadership was made. They were told that the new pastor wasn't going to hold their hand. Pastoral leadership as they knew Read More …

An Advent Conspiracy

The Advent Conspiracy is an international movement centered around bringing a deeper meaning to Christmas.  It started in 2006  when five pastors decided to make Christmas a revolutionary event by encouraging their faith communities to unite around four principles: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All.  Over the last several years, this ecumenical alternative to consumerism has grown to include more than 1500 congregations representing a variety of Christian traditions.   For more Read More …