Church Board Articles

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells recently posted an article titled “What People Missed Most About Restaurants.  (It Wasn’t the Food.).”  The article’s subtitle serves up his main point: “it’s clear that the magic ingredient was the random thrill of seeing other people.” As...

Big goals… to change things… working together. After 60+ weeks of lockdowns, quarantines, and uncertainties, things are re-opening at a speed few of us would have guessed even a month ago.  Church boards can be forgiven for being caught both exhausted and unprepared.  We are already hearing from...

She was a French philosopher, a mystic, and a political activist.  As her life progressed, she moved deeper into philosophy and became more religious.  When Simone Weil died at age 34 in the midst of World War II, Albert Camus described her as “the only...

Most of us probably haven’t given much thought to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town since, maybe, it was the spring play during our high school years.  That is, until Tom Long’s review of Howard Sherman’s new book, Another Day’s Begun:  Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the...

“What you are writing is helpful – it is something for us to aspire to – but this is too hard, too challenging right now.”  “I’d love to have my church board spend a generous amount of time talking of larger topics of God’s imagination, but...

Every church board faces hard choices at its meetings.  Beginning with how to structure the meeting itself. Choice One is to spend time… …on the minutes from the previous meeting, correcting typos and the list of excused absences; …making one board member uncomfortably read some mild piece they...

Exactly one month ago today, Gallup published significant data on church membership in a report bluntly titled U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time. Highlights from Gallup’s polling include the following: 47% of Americans report that they belong to a house of worship (a category...

In his wise and insightful New York Times piece titled “The Unsettling Power of Easter,” Esau McCaulley recalls an Easter of his youth. I grew up in the Southern Black church tradition, where Easter was the opportunity to don your best outfit. The yellow and red...