Culture Shock in the Church

“It’s in the grocery store also!”  So much has changed, and so quickly. Most of us are startled often about how values have shifted, and what bothers people these days.  And The Shift attends church. Pretty regularly. Many do not pray like they used to, or don’t worry when we think they should, and don’t wince enough at the way …

Cultural tensions within the church

Describe your church!   “It’s a beautiful red brick building that is at the corner of…” “Our church is pretty much very conservative Republicans with red hats and …” “We like to argue about whether to wear masks to worship services or whether our governor can make us get vaccinated…” “We understand love, and everyone knows that. We have care and identification …

Where Else?

Where do the next full-time workers come from? Let’s talk future, as uncertain as we are about when the total New Creation of everything by our Lord begins. Who will succeed us with the shepherding care of the church? Sobering stats: 85% of senior pastors are currently 40 years old or older. And 50% of senior pastors are currently 55 …

Leading People Post COVID

“The quarterback has a voice and wristband!”  And sometimes he pushes his helmet tighter so we can hear the instructions from the coaches. Then he checks his wrist notes and calls the play. But they don’t make any of these for pastors. So how do we know what plays to call? What church strategy should change now that we have …