Stories - Managing Change and Mission

Creativity and Change Management in the Church—One Pastor’s Approach

The Rev. Chris McKinney knows that sometimes you have to be creative to get your congregation’s attention. Like setting snack chips on fire during your sermon.


Developing a Discerning Community: Steps Toward Collaborative Decision-Making

For many small churches, a significant membership increase would be a dream come true. The Rev. Crystal Hughes knew that for her new parish it would also mean navigating an emotional minefield.


Ready or Not: A Senior Pastor Pushes for Innovation in Worship and Music

To attract new members, the Rev. Charles Turner decided his new church needed to change from organ music to jazz and piano. But getting the United Methodist congregation to change was a challenge.