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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.

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

Ten words that I would prefer not to experience personally have impacted recently the lives of friends and ministry colleagues. Oncologist. Hospice. Bankruptcy. Betrayal. Depression. Suicide. Divorce. Termination. Conflict. Jail. Unfortunately, over the past 14 days, 10 different people that I care about have become personally acquainted with one or more of these words. Of […] Read More

The book of James closes with a most interesting assertion. James 5:19-20 states, “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of […] Read More

Early in my pastoral ministry, I still thought my primary job was to please people and make them happy, ensure their comfort and leave them liking me. Thus, when someone disagreed with me or criticized me, I spent many anxious hours, usually pre-dawn, reliving stressful conversations, imagining possible witty replies by me and generally demonizing […] Read More

Our current Christmas celebration habits are uniquely post-World War II phenomena. Much of the excess we experience stands at odds with the way Western society approached the holiday only a few decades ago. This shift has lessons for any congregation attempting to manage expectations and change as they try to embrace the new realities of […] Read More

A friend recently shared with me a daily devotion that pointed out the story in Exodus 17 regarding Moses’ arms. As long as Moses held his staff with his arms aloft, the Israelites prevailed in their battle with Amalek. When he grew weary, Aaron and Hur found him a stone to sit on and each […] Read More

What is the most important staff position at your church? Of course, as a former pastor, I must declare that we cannot function without a pastor. What would we do without a music and worship leader? We cannot live without leadership for children or youth, can we? What about Christian formation? Outreach? Pastoral care? Missions? […] Read More

The recent news stories describing the massive layoffs at the International Mission Board (IMB) of Southern Baptists, the nearly 50 percent downsizing of the Florida Baptist Convention staff, the continued erosion of financial support for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the sell-off by state conventions of facilities now too large for shrunken staff, all confirm […] Read More

I love what I do. Really. Every day is like a new adventure of learning and exploring the future of congregational and clergy life. While the future is uncertain and daunting, there is no doubt that this is a pivotal time to be alive and engaged in the work of the kingdom. A significant part […] Read More

One of the most excruciating congregational projects I’ve ever experienced was a strategy planning process at a church where I served on staff early in my ministry. Over the course of 18 months, I watched as a star-studded leadership group slogged through an onerous process of establishing a mission statement, core values, objectives and action […] Read More