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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.

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

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s leadership transition offers an opportunity to be thoughtful and proactive about the future. While the realities are sobering, the opportunities are real. […] Read More

It was often at a time of crisis when people changed their mind and embraced the narrow way that Jesus was offering. How about congregations and faith communities? Can we change our minds? Does it always take a crisis for this to happen? […] Read More

Ready for a vocabulary lesson? Stagnant. Boring. Aimless. Tired. Tepid. What do these words describe? You? Your minister? Your church? Your Sunday School class? Your career? All too often, I hear ministers and parishioners alike using such words to describe all of the above. Far too many of God’s people and God’s churches find themselves […] Read More

Have you learned that nothing “goes without saying” anymore? That sobering truth runs counter to our tendency to think there are some universally shared assumptions that all of us agree upon. We may think that everyone agrees with us about what a family looks like or what the Bible teaches regarding some pressing social issue […] Read More

All organizations, including churches, have a reason for being. Only a few actually know that reason and articulate it and live into it. Sometimes the reason is clear and crisp, other times it is fuzzy and nebulous. Some choose their “why” intentionally, others do so accidentally or allow others to choose it for them. Clarity […] Read More

Nearly all observers of the 21st century church in the U.S. agree that the next generation of leadership is a cause for concern. Many write, blog, tweet and generally lament the state of leadership cultivation and training – or lack thereof. Far too many congregations no longer encourage young people and laity to consider vocational […] Read More

When a congregation wants to become or remain healthy, one of the key questions it asks has to do with the balance between its internal and external focus. One excellent congregational exercise to help with this question is to gather a group in a large room. On one end of the room create an imaginary […] Read More

Some call it a battle. Others a wrestling match. Let’s go with something a bit less confrontational and call it a challenge that will impact whether or not your church will survive. I’m describing one of the foundational polarities every church must confront and manage. Simply put, will your life together be primarily shaped by […] Read More

A minister asked me during a recent conversation what I thought were the major traps that most often snared ministers when they moved to a new congregation. Healthy churches and ministers pay attention to potential trouble spots and act in a proactive way to avoid getting derailed early in the new relationship. Several come to […] Read More