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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.

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

I attended recently a national gathering of Baptists that was a stark reminder of the desperate need for congregational and clergy health. It wasn’t so much that this group is any more or less healthy than other shades of Baptists or other denominations. What caused my heartburn about the state of health among those gathered […] Read More

If asked to identify a favorite New Testament character, most of us go with the predictable and obvious: Barnabas, Mary, Nathaniel, Peter, Lydia, Timothy or Phoebe. Let me remind you of an obscure character who can remind us of an important truth about church health. His name is Jason, and you will find him in […] Read More

Richard Blackburn, a Lombard Peace Center trainer, was a featured speaker at a recent training event for congregational conflict interventionists. “When I look into the history of churches I go into for a conflict intervention, I almost always find they had a bad pastoral transition in the past,” Blackburn said. The call process for these […] Read More

I have made the case over the years that ministers and churches must cultivate a spirit of and appreciation for entrepreneurship if they are to thrive in the 21st century. Living in a post-church and post-Christian culture requires us to become innovative and creative as we seek to make the truth of the gospel relevant […] Read More

There was a day when a Sunday school perfect attendance pin was a regular feature in churches across America. If a person attended Sunday school every Sunday in a year, he or she was awarded a pin or an attachment that hung below the original pin to denote another year of perfect attendance. People took […] Read More

Royal Ambassadors (RA) is a Baptist ministry for grade-school boys that seeks to blend scouting-type activities with a call to missions. Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where I grew up in the 1960s, had an extremely active and engaging chapter of this uniquely Baptist endeavor. Our group was so robust that I actually […] Read More

Two of the most dangerous words in a minister’s vocabulary are, “Yes, but…” These are also two of the most destructive words a congregation will ever utter. The order of their utterance is important. First we say, “Yes. I agree. We agree. This is true and right.” â—     It is right that people matter more […] Read More