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Author Bill Wilson

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

There was a day when a Sunday school perfect attendance pin was a regular feature in churches across America. If a person attended Sunday school every Sunday in a year, he or she was awarded a pin or an attachment that hung below the original pin to denote another year of perfect attendance. People took […] Read More

Royal Ambassadors (RA) is a Baptist ministry for grade-school boys that seeks to blend scouting-type activities with a call to missions. Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I grew up in the 1960s, had an extremely active and engaging chapter of this uniquely Baptist endeavor. Our group was so robust that I actually […] Read More

Two of the most dangerous words in a minister’s vocabulary are, “Yes, but…” These are also two of the most destructive words a congregation will ever utter. The order of their utterance is important. First we say, “Yes. I agree. We agree. This is true and right.” â—     It is right that people matter more […] Read More

It was Vaclev Havel who described the dilemma every leader has with the issue of vision. “Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs,” Havel said. By venture, of course, he means action. Simply describing a vision of […] Read More

My 5-year-old granddaughter recently shared with her parents her Christmas wish list. Leading off, was this simple request: “a REAL magic wand.” She’s serious about this. She also asked for “a real fort.” My wife and I are enjoying watching this exchange from a distance. Her parents are coming up with all sorts of ways […] Read More

It’s time to talk about the obvious: We have a problem with evangelism. Let me explain what I mean. We – All of us, regardless of theology, denomination, setting or worship style are struggling with this issue. I work with churches from all points on all spectrums, and I have yet to find one that […] Read More

Grady Nutt introduced us to a delightful word in his book, “Agaperos,” a generation ago: “thanksliving.” He blended two ideas into one integrated, complete whole in each chapter. In doing so, he taught us to play havoc with spellcheckers and discover a world that we too often overlook. Thanksliving has become a bit of a […] Read More

How quickly our conversations can go from theoretical to all-too-real. I spent a rewarding Wednesday in Tennessee recently on a retreat with 45 ministers and staff members thinking through the unique and profound pressures of ministry in the 21st century. We agreed that, while it is not an easy task, it is unquestionably a delight […] Read More

One of the pressing concerns of 21st century individual and congregational spiritual life is the question of depth. To be blunt, there isn’t much. Study after study has revealed the sad truth that much of what we call faith and commitment is actually a thin veneer of religious ritualism that wilts at the first hint […] Read More

I’ve made a transition in recent years in the way I think and talk about God’s will. The will of God is a mysterious, elusive and frustrating concept for many people. Too often, we have made it into a game that borders on God playing “keep away” with us. We speak of God’s will as […] Read More