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Healthy Churches

Some churches handle difficulties well; others avoid problems hoping they resolve themselves. The key is leadership. Here are 6 characteristics to help you identify your church’s mature leaders. […] Read More

The church has entered an era when difficult conversations are more important than ever. In our polarized society, it’s vital for the church to come together for dialogue, listen to each other and seek the middle ground. […] Read More

How do you know when your church is ready for change? Pastors, church staff and lay leaders should ask these six questions before moving forward with major changes. […] Read More

When congregations face changes, some people will resist at all costs. To successfully navigate change, your church will need to avoid two extremes that will doom you to failure. […] Read More

In an increasingly stressful environment for ministers, what will it take to help them stay strong and joyful? Two steps will ensure your pastor remains a healthy and spiritually grounded leader. […] Read More

Too many pastors succumb to the pressures of pastoral ministry. Some take their own lives; others engage in self-harming behaviors. The church must recognize its vital role in ministering to the minister. […] Read More

Many pastors work as if they are indispensable, and their families and their health suffer. If they burn out, they will be of no value to their ministries or the Lord. […] Read More

People who attack or create discord are in every church. Some might call them bullies. While their words may sting, here’s how you can talk to someone who creates conflict. […] Read More

Grief is a steady companion for ministers. A healthy church will recognize that dealing with grief is essential if your ministers are to help you navigate the difficult waters of grief and loss. […] Read More

All-or-nothing thinking in rigid religion makes building community with others difficult. Like in high school football, we may need “penalties” for those with a spirit of “it’s this and nothing else.” […] Read More