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 more

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 more

Jacob Wrestles and So Do I

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA “24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, ‘Let me go, for … Read more

Admin In Advent, Part 2

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA Administration is an important task at any time of the year, but especially Advent. Advent is a season of beautiful traditions, meaningful worship, and community gatherings. One of the main tasks of administrators during this season is to work behind-the-scenes to make sure the focus of the seasons stays … Read more

Intentional Collaborative Ministry

Content written by Rev. Mike Hunter Very early in my ministry career I was part of a staff that intentionally made site visits part of our development. Once a year we would assess an area we wanted to focus, identify a church that did this well and arrange a visit to learn from them. We did this for … Read more

CONSIDER: Does Technology Have a Place in the Sanctuary?

This past Sunday, I was “that” person. The person whose cell phone went off in the middle of worship. I had let my son play with it right before worship, so when I bumped it standing up for a hymn, it was cued up with a paused video… a loud video.