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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.

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

How quickly our conversations can go from theoretical to all-too-real. I spent a rewarding Wednesday in Tennessee recently on a retreat with 45 ministers and staff members thinking through the unique and profound pressures of ministry in the 21st century. We agreed that, while it is not an easy task, it is unquestionably a delight […] Read More

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 […] Read More

I’ve made a transition in recent years in the way I think and talk about God’s will. The will of God is a mysterious, elusive and frustrating concept for many people. Too often, we have made it into a game that borders on God playing “keep away” with us. We speak of God’s will as […] Read More

If the clock dictates, your life is consumed with the immediate and pressing issues of the moment. Clock life is focused on short-term results. If the clock rules, you find yourself racing from event to event in a mad scramble to meet expectations and deadlines. When the day ends, you are exhausted and dismayed to […] Read More

It happens nearly every day for me—the inevitable conversation about the demise of organized religious activities, specifically local church attendance and giving. The vultures are gathering to feast on the carcass of the local church. Clergy and lay leaders are wringing their hands. Is there any hope? The sobering statistics and gloomy projections make most […] Read More

As a pastor, I’ve seen my share of tears. They show up in so many places: in hospitals, especially in emergency rooms and delivery rooms, at funeral homes, in the office, at the altar, during worship, while talking quietly in a home. Some days they are predictable and expected, some days they ambush us and […] Read More