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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.

One of the pressing concerns of 21st-century individual and congregational spiritual life is the question of depth. To be blunt, there isn’t much. Study after study has revealed the sad truth that much of what we call faith and commitment is actually a thin veneer of religious ritualism that wilts at the first hint of […] Read More

My colleague Bob Dale often asks me a simple question. “Bill, what are we hearing out there in the churches?” He knows that every week members of our Center for Healthy Churches’ team are fanning out across the country to work in dozens of churches of every size, shape, denomination, setting and orientation. We hear […] Read More

Easter changes everything. Like no other part of the Christian faith, the story of Easter is at the heart of what makes our faith unique and life-changing. Death is overcome by life. Not even the grave is immune to the life-giving power of Jesus Christ. Those simple statements have profound implications. Across the centuries, this […] Read More

Building a congregation’s life around a clear vision and purpose is an easy thing to believe in. Aligning that purpose with biblical teaching and witness is an agreeable notion. I seldom encounter a leader or leadership group who resists the idea that the path toward a vibrant and engaging congregation is to embody God’s mission […] Read More

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