Process – Friend or Foe?

I have a love-hate relationship with “process.” By process, I’m referring to that which we require as a pathway to accomplishing a given task. If you want to become a member of a gym, you must fill out paperwork, disclaimers, pay money, get a photo id card taken, and obey the gym rules going forward. That’s […]

How to Open Your Church to the Community

Opening your church to the community sounds great on the lips, but can be the source of great conflict and frustration if your church isn’t ready to do so. Here are some things to consider if you would like to maximize the use of your facility for the community: 1. Honestly Assess Your Church Leadership’s […]

Ask a New Question


Imaginative gridlock is a term Edwin Friedman uses to describe the thinking processes of systems that are “stuck.” In trying to solve a particular problem, stuck systems (like churches) try harder to provide the right or better answer to the same questions. Unstuck systems are able to ask new questions. A stuck system might ask, […]