Skip to site content

Author Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson is president of the Center for Healthy Churches (CHC) housed at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

One specific conversation nearly always emerges in my interactions with churches across the country. With furrowed brows and a worried tone, they ask, “Where is the next generation of pastoral leadership for churches like ours going to come from?” The concern is based upon a perception that ministry is increasingly seen as a profession that […] Read More

When Gil Rendle speaks, I listen. He’s been a pastor, author and consultant. Now retired, his work has inspired me and given voice to much of what I see and feel is happening in congregations. He “gets it,” in a way that too many experts do not. His book, “Doing the Math of Mission,” ought […] Read More

Local churches in the U.S. functioned as programmatic centers of activity for the last half of the 20th century. Embedded in a supportive “churched” and Christian culture, their role was to provide offerings that inspired, entertained and educated those who chose to attend. Those who attended a local church tended to look alike racially and […] Read More

A friend recently had surgery and we wanted to send flowers as she recuperated. My wife, Kathy, asked: “What do you think? A bouquet of flowers or a plant?” Knowing this friend has a new house and could later use the plant in the landscape, we decided on a beautiful azalea, in the hopes that […] Read More

Anyone feeling anxious? A better question: Anyone not feeling anxious? God’s people in the 21st century suffer a serious malady. We mouth the words of faithfulness while we live lives dominated by anxiety and frustration. For every time we parrot, “God is good, all the time, and all the time God is good,” there are […] Read More

Have you ever experienced a migraine headache? Across my life, I have struggled with occasional migraines. Thankfully, they have diminished in both frequency and intensity over the years. Mine are always preceeded by significant distortion in my field of vision. As a child, I came to understand that when my vision was distorted, an excruciating […] Read More

There is a school of thought running rampant in congregations these days. It is revealed in statements like the following: “This is the worst pastor/ group/recession/president/ situation/era/event that we have ever known! We must get rid of him/her/it/them immediately or we are doomed.” As a result, we hear regularly about congregations and clergy that make […] Read More

Ten words that I would prefer not to experience personally have impacted recently the lives of friends and ministry colleagues. Oncologist. Hospice. Bankruptcy. Betrayal. Depression. Suicide. Divorce. Termination. Conflict. Jail. Unfortunately, over the past 14 days, 10 different people that I care about have become personally acquainted with one or more of these words. Of […] Read More

The book of James closes with a most interesting assertion. James 5:19-20 states, “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of […] Read More

Early in my pastoral ministry, I still thought my primary job was to please people and make them happy, ensure their comfort and leave them liking me. Thus, when someone disagreed with me or criticized me, I spent many anxious hours, usually pre-dawn, reliving stressful conversations, imagining possible witty replies by me and generally demonizing […] Read More