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  1. The Survivors

    Blog The Survivors

    I spent a little time one July 4 counting the dead trees at Siete Ranch. I wanted to calculate the damage of the previous year’s record-breaking hot and dry summer. Much has …

  2. 7 Surprises Since Becoming a Pastor

    Blog 7 Surprises Since Becoming a Pastor

    I haven’t been a pastor throughout my career. In fact, I spent most of my career to this point in the business world. (I realize that makes me an odd duck in many pastor…

  3. Merging Perishing Parishes? Perish the Thought!

    Blog Merging Perishing Parishes? Perish the Thought!

    Last week on Ministry Matters, United Methodist Bishop Will Willimon kickstarted a debate over small churches and their worthiness of denominational support and subsidy. Ignoring…

  4. Overcoming Seasonal Volunteerism

    Blog Overcoming Seasonal Volunteerism

    One of the key challenges for a small church of 200 or less participants is that volunteers disappear when you most need them. Despite the lip service paid to the "Christian…

  5. Why Willimon Is Wrong about Small Churches

    Blog Why Willimon Is Wrong about Small Churches

    Bishop Willimon is wrong about small membership churches. He’s not completely wrong, but he needs correction on three key points made in his recent article, "The Tough Truth …

  6. Banishing the Boogeyman

    Blog Banishing the Boogeyman

    Shadows can a be dangerous thing in the mind of a child. When I was a little girl, my room was a pleasant place where I loved to read and play with my dolls—until my mother…

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