My phone was on record while tears traveled down my warm cheeks. My sister sat next to me as sniffles filled our corner of the room. Our brothers and husbands sat behind us next to our mom. In front of us, we watched our dad do something he does well: transitions.
After five years at Bend Church and forty years of full-time ministry, Dad was retiring. He told his church last fall and the new pastor was announced a few months ago. Lots of people worked behind the scenes to pl
This book was a suggested read at a conference I was at last week. I read this in light of several contexts. My current church has a vision to double this year from 650 to 1300. We are in transition. The youth ministry I serve in went from 15 to 100 this past year. Wish I read this material last year. Had no idea what I was doing! My new context this summer is reflected here as well. Here are some notes from the first chapter that may be helpful, whether you lead a church or