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That’s a Stretch

Entering our local gym, we hear the same instructions every time.  “Stretching helps prevent bad things and enables good things – lean into it!” Despite this regular refrain, stretching remains an underappreciated practice in exercise, in life … and in how pastors and church boards…

“Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference,” Blog Series Summary

  Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference TMC thrives on listening to and learning from you – ministry leaders, TMC cohort facilitators, and other conversation partners across the country – who continually provide deep insights, alternative perspectives, and imagination that helps us discern…

The Losing Side

Church boards have limited time and energy after addressing staffing, budgets, buildings, schedules, and the semi-regular concerns coming from members.  However, congregational leaders do have the opportunity, upon occasion, to change the categories of conversation within a faith community.  This election year may present one…

The Question Before the Question

Among the questions I receive most often from pastors:  How can our congregation change things that need to be changed?  How can we challenge our focus for more effective ministry? In the shifting ground of post-pandemic life, with politics upstream of faith and everything up…

Give Me a Break

Digging a Deeper Well has taken an extended holiday break. What started out as a few weeks off over Christmas and New Year’s became one month, and then two, thanks to work, travel, the ACC basketball schedule, and other essential events. But somewhere in the…

What Will You Need in Order to Build Trust and Capacity in Your Ministry for the Long-term (But Especially As We Prepare for Another Divisive Election Season)?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the…

What Experiences in Ministry Are Nurturing Hope in You or Your Congregation?

Blog Series:  Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference Dear friends, TMC thrives on listening to and learning from you – ministry leaders, TMC cohort facilitators, and other conversation partners across the country – who continually provide deep insights, alternative perspectives, and imagination that helps…

What Passages of Scripture or Theological Themes Are Most Formative for You Right Now?

Blog Series:  Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference Dear friends, TMC thrives on listening to and learning from you – ministry leaders, TMC cohort facilitators, and other conversation partners across the country – who continually provide deep insights, alternative perspectives, and imagination that helps…

In What Ways Do You Hope Your Congregation or Ministry Context Can Simplify and Go Deeper This Upcoming Year?

Blog Series:  Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference Dear friends, TMC thrives on listening to and learning from you – ministry leaders, TMC cohort facilitators, and other conversation partners across the country – who continually provide deep insights, alternative perspectives, and imagination that helps…

What Are You Learning About Faith Formation and Discipleship in Your Ministry Context?

Blog Series:  Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference Dear friends, TMC thrives on listening to and learning from you – ministry leaders, TMC cohort facilitators, and other conversation partners across the country – who continually provide deep insights, alternative perspectives, and imagination that helps…

What Significant Tensions are You and Your Ministry Context Currently Navigating or Anticipating?

Blog Series:  Your Perspective, Insights, and Witness Make a Difference Dear friends, TMC thrives on listening to and learning from you – ministry leaders, TMC cohort facilitators, and other conversation partners across the country – who continually provide deep insights, alternative perspectives, and imagination that helps…

The Single Most Important Thing a Ministry Leader Can Do Right Now

Receive and embrace God’s grace for you. For your own sake, and for the sake of those around you, hear God’s word of grace declared over you in Christ. Receive the promise of that deep, sustained, sabbath rest that is always available, as the author…