Wits-Ends-Day: Church COVID-19 Survey Results

How comfortable would you be coming to in-person worship? Very comfortable. (33%) Fairly comfortable. (34%) Not at all comfortable. (33%) Comments: “Covid isn’t real and God will protect us from it.” “If we don’t meet in person next week I’m finding another church that really believes in God.” “If we meet in person within the… Read More

Wit’s-End-Day: COVID-19 Bingo Edition

While in “normal” times, I have very mixed feelings about bingo, right now- I’m all for it. I know we are all experiencing different griefs, pains, and hopes in our various places and vocations. This bingo card is not at all intended to imply what anyone “should” be doing, but instead to offer encouragement that… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: Pandemic Pastor Types

I’ve been involved in several Facebook chats, Zoom calls, and email conversations with clergy from across the U.S. and around the world in these weeks of Covid-19. In these interactions—and through general observation of news, church websites, and Facebook posts, I’ve noted a few distinct types of pandemic pastors. The “Lentiest Lent” Pastor This pastor… Read More

Wit’s Ends Day: Reviewing the Review

We just finished a pastor/congregation evaluation process at my church. Actually, our consultant says that this is just the beginning! We have exciting work ahead as we explore the summary documents! We should read through them prayerfully every night and consider what God is saying to us through the words of our co-congregants! What an… Read More

Wits’ Ends Day: Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories are quite popular right now—everyone thinks that someone else is up to something secret and nefarious. And don’t be fooled; these conspiracies are not limited to the political realm. There are plenty of conspiracies happening in our own congregations. Here are just a few conspiracies I’m inclined to believe in: Bigfoot may be… Read More