Lessons from Hunters

Content by contributor Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA You can always tell when it’s hunting season in Texas. The traffic on most roads changes dramatically. The count of pickups pulling small trailers overflowing with hunting paraphernalia is up. Four-wheelers, feeders, coolers, stands of all shapes and sizes, portable buildings (and everything to go in those buildings); … Read moreLessons from Hunters

From my experience with past storms…

Content is written by Rev. Mike Hunter Recent events on the Texas Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Harvey reminds me of my time-serving churches affected by Katrina, Rita, and Ike almost a decade ago. Safety first. Don’t put your staff and members in harm’s way. Be safe and support your staff in finding safety until it … Read moreFrom my experience with past storms…

5 Reasons Why The Church Isn’t In The Hospitality Business

Content is written by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA There’s a General Assembly resolution (GA 1717) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that celebrates how 60% of 975 new church starts in the past five years are still going.  We should celebrate that and we should all learn from it, but it made me think: … Read more5 Reasons Why The Church Isn’t In The Hospitality Business

LEADERS – Would you drive without an instrument panel?

Content is written by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA Would you drive without an instrument panel? Without knowing your speed, how much fuel you had, etc., would you drive any significant distance? Perhaps a few miles in an emergency, but definitely not any great distance. It just isn’t wise and certainly isn’t a knowledgeable way to travel. Church … Read moreLEADERS – Would you drive without an instrument panel?

Gates that Open Both Ways: Healthy Friendships between Clergy & Laity

Content by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA In recent days a good read crossed my Facebook account about the unique relationships regarding the ethics of clergy and the churches they serve.  I posted a link.  That article speaks from the perspective of former clergy still dabbling in the lives of the churches they left, for weddings … Read moreGates that Open Both Ways: Healthy Friendships between Clergy & Laity

This is not the end.

Content written by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA Winston Churchill had planned his funeral, which took place in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church, and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s, solemnly played, after the benediction, the … Read moreThis is not the end.

I don’t think we can do that….

Content by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA In my coaching and consulting work with clergy and congregations this sentence comes up all too often. Usually its context is tied to some potential barrier:  cost or money (or the lack thereof), congregational size, time constraints, lack of volunteers, negative history to something similar… the list seems endless. … Read moreI don’t think we can do that….

Thoughts: Sacred Cows

Content by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA I find sacred cows in the strangest places… We welcome the new preacher…and keep talking about the old one Lock up the doors and turn off the lights to save money…open the doors and let the community in We’re willing to listen…unless you want to talk about “that”! We … Read moreThoughts: Sacred Cows

Thoughts: I don’t like you!

Content written by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA I don’t like you…it’s more serious than that… Every parent has heard the phrase. “I don’t like you” …from a child displeased with the consequences, punishment, or responsibilities the parenting unit delivers. From my ministerial experiences I’ve known parents that wilted to those words…instead of raising children they … Read moreThoughts: I don’t like you!