• Welcome
    The mission of building up the church of Christ motivates us to bring hope, help and healing to churches and clergy.
  • Growth
    All gardeners know that growth is the natural result of a healthy garden or plant. All plants and all gardens have a growth agenda that permeates all they do. Some growth is “up and out”, some is “down and in”. Growth permeates every aspect of a healthy church. Bearing fruit is in the DNA of any plant. The fruit is the proof of the plant’s health, as propagation is at the heart of God’s design for all living things.
  • Seasons
    The power of the seasons is never far from the mind of the gardener. At the heart of any issue or project in the garden lies a central question: what season is it? In churches, our lack of understanding of life cycle seasons may blind us to deeper causes than what the prevailing symptoms may suggest.
  • Good Soil
    Healthy soil is a prerequisite to healthy plants. Gardeners spend much energy and expense to amend and improve the soil of their gardens. Doing so creates an environment conducive to vibrant growth.
  • Setting
    Context matters. Plants that may thrive in a rain forest die quickly in the desert, and vice versa. Each plant adapts to its environment and either finds a way to survive and thrive, or it must be moved to a setting more congruent with its DNA. Healthy churches are students of their setting and context.
  • Patience
    Gardens require patience, and gardeners eventually learn to trust the plants and environment to produce the growth, fruit and beauty they so desire. Some things in a garden cannot be rushed, and to attempt to do so ensures failure. Mature discipleship and effective ministry is a time-consuming, long-lasting process. There are no shortcuts.
  • Care
    Vibrant and productive gardens emerge when well-cared for. The gardener knows that their role is that of caretaker, and that role is pivotal for the long-term health of the garden.
  • Interdependence
    Plants do not live in a vacuum. The mixed ecology of plant life means that the health of a garden or plant is interdependent in relationship to other plants, insects, context, weather, and a host of other factors. Churches and clergy live out their calling in the context of a specific time and place. They partner and collaborate with a multitude of others in order to accomplish their unique Kingdom agenda.
  • Design/Vision
    A beautiful garden emerges from someone’s dream translated into a plan, followed by an implementation process. So too with churches. Clarity about the founding dream and design of a church is essential if a church is to be healthy
  • Rooted
    Roots matter to a plant. Roots matter to a church. Roots matter to a Christian. Gardeners know that the root health is paramount. What is hidden from view often determines whether a plant will flourish. Gardeners feed the roots of plants, taking great care to protect those roots. Healthy churches pay attention to the part of their life that is hidden from view. What happens in the hidden hearts of their leaders and their participants often determines what is seen in public.

Welcome to the web site of The Center for Healthy Churches. Birthed out of the rich tradition of pastoral care, and informed by years of experience and success in local churches, the Center makes available to churches and clergy a wide array of ministries and services. Our team believes that local churches can and should be sources of life and light to their communities. The mission of building up the church of Christ motivates us to bring hope, help and healing to churches and clergy. Please explore our site and contact us if we can be of service to you.


CHC is devoted to improving the spiritual, emotional and organizational health of churches and ministers. We bring hope, help and healing in the spirit of Christ.


Through congregational coaching and consulting, CHC helps churches and clergy experience spiritual discernment and guidance as they seek to be faithful to their call.

Services Offered

  • Congregational Coaching/Consulting
  • Individual Coaching
  • Denominational/Judicatory Consulting
  • Speaking, Preaching, Workshops, Educational Events


CHC News

The Center for Healthy Churches is pleased to announce that Dr. David Hull will assume the role of Coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches-Southeast. His primary focus will be to coordinate services to and among the churches and clergy of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Hull has served as pastor of First Baptist, Huntsville AL since 2002. Prior to that he pastored First Baptist, Knoxville TN and churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky. His wife, Jane, is pastor at Union Christian Church in Watkinsville GA.

Earlier this year, CHC announced the formation of The Center for Healthy Churches-Virginia. Dr. Travis Collins is the Coordinator for that Center. Additional regional Centers are planned and will be announced in the near future.

To read the full press release, click here.

Upcoming Events

Elevating Preaching Conference

The annual event offers pastors and seminary students an opportunity to learn from their colleagues by listening to a variety of sermons and engaging in dialogue about preaching.

September 22, 2014 from 8:30-3:30
Duke University School of Divinity

More information can be found on the Elevating Preaching Website.

Paper Churches in a Digital World: Conversations about congregations, social media, and communication in the age of the internet.

· Five Church Communication Mistakes You Are Probably Making & How to Fix Them,
· What The Experts Wish You Knew: The best practices from quality websites, print publications and effective email,
· I Need a Strategy for Facebook?: The latest social media strategies and techniques to engage your congregation – with discussions about all the popular social channels,
· What Tools Do We Use That You Can’t Live Without?,
· Privacy, Security and Bullies, Oh My!,
· Nothing New Under the Sun?: Why it feels like the world is changing, and more!


Monday, October 20, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wilmington, NC at First Baptist Church

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Greensboro, NC at First Baptist Church

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Asheville, NC at First Baptist Church

$75 up to a week before the event; week of $100. Price includes lunch.
CBFNC* is offering a discount: $25 off for the first 10 registrants at each location.
Learn more and register at www.thedigitalcongregation.com.

From the Blog

Church Saboteurs

“Saboteurs” is the word that Steve Bagi gives to the people who intentionally or unintentionally jeopardize both the church’s health and yours. Bagi writes: In our attempt to be fair and democratic we have sometimes allowed people to take the floor who shouldn’t have even been allowed
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Bringing Good from Evil

Originally posted September 2010 In the midst of the pandemic of conflict swirling through local churches in the 21st century, it is tempting to lose heart. Many do. I have had heartbreaking conversations with scores of clergy and laity who have emerged from bruising local church conf
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The Worst of Times–Really?!?

  It happens nearly every day for me. It’s 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
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