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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.

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

It was Vaclev Havel who described the dilemma every leader has with the issue of vision. “Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs,” Havel said. By venture, of course, he means action. Simply describing a vision of […] Read More

My 5-year-old granddaughter recently shared with her parents her Christmas wish list. Leading off, was this simple request: “a REAL magic wand.” She’s serious about this. She also asked for “a real fort.” My wife and I are enjoying watching this exchange from a distance. Her parents are coming up with all sorts of ways […] Read More

It’s time to talk about the obvious: We have a problem with evangelism. Let me explain what I mean. We – All of us, regardless of theology, denomination, setting or worship style are struggling with this issue. I work with churches from all points on all spectrums, and I have yet to find one that […] Read More

Grady Nutt introduced us to a delightful word in his book, “Agaperos,” a generation ago: “thanksliving.” He blended two ideas into one integrated, complete whole in each chapter. In doing so, he taught us to play havoc with spellcheckers and discover a world that we too often overlook. Thanksliving has become a bit of a […] Read More