The In-Person Meeting Is Important

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA This week I am attending The Church Network 61st National Conference in the Washington, DC area. According to the TCN Conference website, the conference is described as such: Our 61st Annual Conference is an engaging, thought-provoking three-day event offering you multiple ways to network with church leaders, find … Read more

You Have to Ask – 5 Steps to Asking for Money

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Recently I was having a conversation about stewardship, fundraising, and finances with a colleague in ministry. As usual, the conversation turned to budgets and the 1st quarter. “How is your church doing?”, my colleague asked. “Fine,” I replied. As it is with most conversations between ministers, we don’t … Read more

Difference of Perspective: “Play the Sunset”

Content is written by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA In one of my favorite movies, Mr. Holland’s Opus, the main character, Mr. Holland, a band director, is trying to teach a frustrated student to play her clarinet. They work for weeks and weeks, without much success. They explore the mechanics of the music, the techniques of … Read more

Follow Up: How One Pastor Guides Above the Noise

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Earlier this week, I shared a chat with Mark MacDonald inspiring and encouraging us to talk above the noise. In God’s beautiful timing, as I was pondering this topic and considering how a community might communicate this attitude, my friend Rev. Dr. Katie Hays posted a pastoral letter to … Read more

Talking Above the Noise – Chat with Mark MacDonald

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA In her book, Less Clutter. Less Noise, Kem Meyer prophetically claims that “a person needs to be reachable before they’re teachable.” In this age of constant communication and even more noise, I wanted to know how churches could communicate better. I also wanted to see how churches could … Read more