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Pictures That Make You Think

Recently my wife, Nancy, and I enjoyed a week back in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.  There I graduated from seminary and served two churches.  The time away was a refreshing opportunity of sightseeing and, more importantly, catching up with dear church friends, some whom I had not seen in forty years.  Here are a few pictures from the trip that I thought worth sharing. These first three are from the George W. Bush Library.  I was impressed with the library itself and especially with these quotes about his faith that were placed on placards in the museum’s displays:     The library includes an exact reproduction of President Bush’s oval office.  On one of the library shelves is this prayer in which he expresses that he personally felt his responsibility was more than a call to duty from the people but a charge from almighty God, upon whom he must rely.   Since the very first Sunday we stepped foot in Gambrell Street Baptist Church on the campus of … [Read More...]

Exploring Options Before Burnout

It happened again – a pastor resigned and gave burnout as the reason.  I got the news third-hand and immediately emailed the minister – no response.  I called his home – no response.  Called his cell and left a message – no response.   So I reached out to his church leaders and two days later we got together.  I re-introduced myself and within a few minutes it was obvious that this was an unusually sharp group of inexperienced, yet resolute leaders.  They were in control, despite the shock of … [Read More...]

Churches and Change

With more than 80% of American churches declining or plateaued, almost all pastors pray that their churches will be healthy and growing. Discovering effective approaches to guiding a church back to life is a holy quest for many of today’s pastors, along with a growing number of church consultants. Gil Rendle is one of America’s premier church consultants who is retiring.  I have learned much from his book, “Leading Change in the Congregation.”  Here are a few sample insights that have … [Read More...]