Supporting Sunday School

The kick-off for our fall Christian formation program was the most successful in years. Thirty adults sat in folding chairs to discuss Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s profound question, “What is church?” Another forty children from nursery age to senior high gathered in different classrooms for Sunday school. Of course, numbers for the...

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Slow Down

I’m reading a book this week by the priest, theologian, and amateur cook Robert Capon called Supper of the Lamb. It’s part cookbook and part meditation on life and God. There are recipes and there’s a whole chapter devoted to cutting an onion and there are paragraphs sprinkled throughout on our relationship to the creation. For...

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Jesus is the Reason for this Season, Too

The return of school and these post-Labor Day days seem to have kicked the whole world – and no less the church – back into program mode. Bible studies and Sunday schools and small groups and senior ministries and other programs are in full swing, or at least they’re getting there. That’s a great thing. But why are we...

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Stuck in the Middle – And Glad for It

Do your commissions have enough middle managers? I’ve talked many times about commissions and how they can be vehicles for sharing and expanding leadership in a church. But if the composition isn’t right, then they will most likely flounder. Diversity in age, gender, and race is important. You also want varying lengths of time as...

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And Forgive Us Our Debts...

How do parish’s talk about debt --- when many parishioners are crushed by debt? We began this three part series on debt retirement talking about the impact of debt on the mission and ministry of a parish. A reminder that the current rule of thumb is that debt services should comprise no more than about 25% of your budget. Begin...

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A Debt Campaign is Never About---Debt!

Part 2 of a series on debt retirement. In my last blog, I wrote about important questions to ask when considering the impact of debt on your operating budget. The current rule of thumb is that debt services should comprise no more than about 25% of your budget. As yourself: Has your parish’s debt had a negative impact in any way on the...

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