The Rev. Phil Hirsch

The Rev. Phil Hirsch

Rarely in church… except at Christmas

by the Rev. Phil Hirsch The single best opportunity to connect with new people all year may be Christmas. This article can help your congregation make the most of it. The 10 tips for positive impact are really good. 10 Read More →

Church as “landlord”

Church as “landlord” by the Rev. Phil Hirsch Many of our congregations rent to other churches and organizations. Space rental is an agreement different from joint ministry, partnership or outreach. While there are a lot of examples of good relationships that are formed Read More →

Handle it: Church and conflict

Handle it: Church and conflict by the Rev. Phil Hirsch “It’s not the problem; it’s how you handle it,” my mom always said. Christians can have a healthy community even when we don’t agree. Christ caused a lot of conflict. At times, he challenged his Read More →

Does this website make me look phat?

Does this website make me look phat? by the Rev. Phil Hirsch Sunday morning visitors almost always look at your congregation’s website before making a decision about attending. To help us think about how we’re perceived online, websites of Metro D.C. Synod congregations were reviewed by a Read More →

Catching the drift of millennials

Catching the drift of millennials Submitted by the Rev. Phil Hirsch “We really need to go to where they are rather than having them come to us,” said Rich White, affirming what he read in “7 Ways to Draw Millennials to Your Church.” White, a Read More →

Handling announcements

Handling announcements by the Rev. Phil Hirsch I’ve heard a lot of announcements in different ways around the church. Some have gotten longer than the sermon! I’ve been asked to share a few thoughts and tips from what I’ve heard, so here Read More →