A Letter to My Church

The following is a letter I sent to my church’s elders and deacons the other day. While I will keep the rest of the email conversation private, I will say that it was well-received and will be an ongoing conversation. I’ve edited out people’s names for privacy. I am posting it here as an inspiration and a resource for anyone who also sees the need for change in her church. Dear Members of [Church] Consistory: Keep Reading…

Why Do We Need Christian Conferences?

Christians love to attend conferences. It’s exciting to hear new voices and get new ideas from people who are different than we see or listen to every day. I’ve only attended a handful of conferences over the years, but usually found something worthwhile about them. The problem is that conferences are often expensive, and laypeople often cannot attend them. While pastors or other church staff may have a professional development fund in order to pay Keep Reading…

Utilizing Your Volunteers

“We need more volunteers.” This is something that has been uttered in probably every church. The church is growing, so more people are needed. Or the church is aging, and people who have volunteered for many years are ready to pass on their duties to the next generation. Churches need nursery attendants, Sunday School teachers, after-school programs, sound board technicians, greeters. And for whatever other programs that leadership decides is within their vision of the Keep Reading…