Faithful and fruitful leadership retreats

One church I have worked with scheduled an annual formation retreat at a time each year when new members would join the leadership team.  They met one another as if for the first time wearing a new hat.  The focus […]

You’re Not Alone

For many the hardest part of finding a way through the wilderness is being so vulnerable and cut off. How do we stay connected?  What supports the essential need to belong?  Belonging is to know even in the midst of […]

God’s Mission Needs a Church!

The need and the desire to begin a conversation about the future for our churches is almost universal right now.  As church communities, we have foundational challenges and opportunities to find our way through the wilderness of this pandemic.   […]

Travel Companions

Our time through the pandemic wilderness robbed us from many of our collaborative patterns. Pre-pandemic Sundays for my congregation were a whirlwind of folks greeting and ushering, putting out snacks, watching the kids, leading music, and more. The pandemic threw […]

Wilderness Assumption #5: You Have Abundant Gifts

The church – leaders and members together – are given talents and gifts by the Spirit. Out of abundance and generosity God is giving gifts for creating, restoring and renewing life – abundant life – and for the work of […]