Author: Mark Ramsey

Our mention last week of the recent Pew Forum report about the decline of American Christianity drew a lot of response, suggesting that many church boards and pastors are pondering their congregations in the harsh light of its findings. The Pew report is deeply researched, and...

Recent survey results from the Pew Forum on the decline of Christianity in America have brought forth responses from across the spectrum of faith communities.  Reactions have ranged from panic and despair to renewed resolve about the power of the gospel.  No matter where your...

In the instructions Paul gives the followers of Jesus at Corinth about the Lord’s Supper, we may also glean some wisdom for church boards. 1 Corinthians 11:23-33 23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night...

For the last several weeks we have been talking about the “volunteer line” and how it is increasingly difficult for congregational leaders to recruit participants for the activities and organizations under their umbrella. Sometimes, church board members, pastors, and/or those active in churches see this...

Last week, we examined the painful truth of most congregations large and small:  no one is standing in line behind you to take your volunteer role when you are ready to lay it down.  Going deeper still, a good follow-up question is:  why do we...

If there was a time in church life when “Time and Talent Forms” and Sunday morning appeals for new program leaders actually worked, those days are surely over. No one is standing in line behind you to take your church role. Congregations today find themselves with plenty...

Church Boards have a significant challenge—actually a series of significant challenges—when it comes to inviting volunteers to help with all aspects of a congregation’s ministry.  Keep in mind that this should never be a “let’s fill this hole in our org chart” kind of endeavor.  It...

One of the summer’s notable news events was the death of American author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.  Reflecting on Morrison’s legacy for the New York Times, American poet and recent U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith observed:  It’s hard, waking up so often to news...