Beautiful Hope

Over the past years I have traveled to areas of the world and seen unimaginable poverty in many places.  I have been to countries where lives have been ripped apart by war. I have sat with sick and t... Read More

A Letter to Senior Pastors

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Dear Senior Pastor and Leadership Team, My name is David Sawler. I am senior leader of a Church in Glace Bay, NS. For the past decade of my life I have been studying and speaking on the topic of why a... Read More

Why Not Just Leave?

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A friend of mine responded to this question.  ‘If someone you knew was going to leave their church or faith, what would you say to them?’ His response may hold some of the ‘truth’ of ... Read More

Questioning the Numbers

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Some people love stats and some simply hate them.  When it comes to all the statistics on the retention of youth and young adults in our churches, I certainly have a love / hate relationship.  It se... Read More


A small piece from ‘the Disciple’ At the last supper, Jesus says to His disciples, ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have ca... Read More

When Leaders Fail

While many people list many reasons why they believe people leave the Church, where I live in Nova Scotia, we seem to have one reoccurring theme right now. Most would say it is because of the failings... Read More


‘There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up.’  1 C... Read More