Dear Pastor: Summer!!

Content written by Rev. Paul Johnson, CCA Dear Pastor: This is a series of articles about real world problems that churches often find difficult to handle. They are presented in the form of emails for ease of conversation but can come in many different ways. Disclaimer: All the names are made up and in no way … Read more

Dear Pastor: About those Lilies

Content by Rev. Paul Johnson, CCA I’m sure you can see the problem here… Unless Brandon is the only high school student in the church, this will cause a lot of bad feelings. Beyond that, the church may already have a church group that is the benefit of the surplus and the church may make more than … Read more

After Background Checks: What’s next?

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA Step 1: Have all staff and volunteers do regularly scheduled (every two years is best) background checks. Step 2: Uh…….???? This is a situation facing many of our communities and congregation. We have heard, repeatedly, “You must do background checks!” but then after we take that step we are … Read more

Stop Being the “Best Kept Secret”

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA If I have heard it once, I have heard it a hundred times. “My church is the best kept secret in town.” I have even said it a few times myself. I wonder how that got to be a statement of pride. If our ministry mandate is, “Go therefore … Read more

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 more

Dear Pastor: “Rude, Rude, Rude”

Content by Rev. Paul Johnson, CCA This is a series of articles about real world problems that churches often find difficult to handle. They are presented in the form of emails for ease of conversation but can come in many different ways. Disclaimer: All the names are made up and in no way identify actual … 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