When is Strong Leadership Abusive?

“And you must never talk to anyone about…” Probably somewhere around the time that was said by the pastor-leader, abusive leadership was happening. Abusive leadership usually demands “a cone of silence,” or a non-disclosure agreement, or whispers. And it seems to be a rapidly growing disease in church leadership. No one ever got this bug from Jesus, the best of …

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Is a Church Restart Possible?

YES There is no question. And there are some good stories of restart—sometimes by adoption or friendly takeover by a strong and healthy church, often by good changes suggested by a renewal ministry coach with fresh eyes, and always by the prayers and unselfish commitment of people. And active, productive ministry gets to be strong again. It is not good …

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 …