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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.

I met Robert Parham when he was my grader in an ethics class at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, 40 years ago. He didn’t like a paper I wrote and told me so, in no uncertain terms. I really didn’t appreciate someone pointing out what I knew was true: that I had […] Read More

I’ve seen a lot of unusual things, people and events in airports. It takes something special to get a reaction from me. Recently, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. In fact, I took a photo of the sign just to be sure I was seeing what I thought I saw. It took […] Read More

Our grandchildren discovered sea glass on our family beach trip this past summer. For our five preschoolers, it was like finding treasure. In fact, that’s what they called it. “Let’s go find some more treasures!” You probably know that the pieces of sea glass we found are fragments of old bottles or containers that have […] Read More

One specific conversation nearly always emerges in my interactions with churches across the country. With furrowed brows and a worried tone, they ask, “Where is the next generation of pastoral leadership for churches like ours going to come from?” The concern is based upon a perception that ministry is increasingly seen as a profession that […] Read More

When Gil Rendle speaks, I listen. He’s been a pastor, author and consultant. Now retired, his work has inspired me and given voice to much of what I see and feel is happening in congregations. He “gets it,” in a way that too many experts do not. His book, “Doing the Math of Mission,” ought […] Read More

Local churches in the U.S. functioned as programmatic centers of activity for the last half of the 20th century. Embedded in a supportive “churched” and Christian culture, their role was to provide offerings that inspired, entertained and educated those who chose to attend. Those who attended a local church tended to look alike racially and […] Read More

A friend recently had surgery and we wanted to send flowers as she recuperated. My wife, Kathy, asked: “What do you think? A bouquet of flowers or a plant?” Knowing this friend has a new house and could later use the plant in the landscape, we decided on a beautiful azalea, in the hopes that […] Read More

Anyone feeling anxious? A better question: Anyone not feeling anxious? God’s people in the 21st century suffer a serious malady. We mouth the words of faithfulness while we live lives dominated by anxiety and frustration. For every time we parrot, “God is good, all the time, and all the time God is good,” there are […] Read More

Have you ever experienced a migraine headache? Across my life, I have struggled with occasional migraines. Thankfully, they have diminished in both frequency and intensity over the years. Mine are always preceeded by significant distortion in my field of vision. As a child, I came to understand that when my vision was distorted, an excruciating […] Read More

There is a school of thought running rampant in congregations these days. It is revealed in statements like the following: “This is the worst pastor/ group/recession/president/ situation/era/event that we have ever known! We must get rid of him/her/it/them immediately or we are doomed.” As a result, we hear regularly about congregations and clergy that make […] Read More