The Four Most Important Words To Say in a Dysfunctional Organization

Richard L. Bergstrom, D.Min., President, ChurchHealth In 1988-89 my family and I made two cross-country moves at our own expense. I had left one toxic environment to find myself in a completely dysfunctional organization. As the old saying goes, I had leaped from the frying pan into the fire. At the end of a year… Continue reading →

I’m Thinking About Giving Up Church for Lent

written by Richard Bergstrom, D.Min., President, ChurchHealth*Published on  March  4, 2020  – prior to  the wave of  church closures You heard me right. I’m thinking about giving up church for Lent. Last year I attended a church that placed a high priority on all the disciplines associated with Lent Season, beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating… Continue reading →


LATEST NEWS: NEW BOOK RELEASE! Richard and Leona Bergstrom have just released their new book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? For more information, visit The book, as well as an accompanying Study Guide, are available on in paperback and Kindle version.

The Role of an Effective Consultant

“I’m On My Way to Australia” –Reflections on the Role of an Effective Consultant by Richard Bergstrom, D.Min, President, ChurchHealth In the 1969 movie “Support Your Local Sheriff,” actor James Garner, (as James McCulloch) rides into a small western town. The local leaders are burying their latest sheriff, shot earlier by the notorious Danby gang.… Continue reading →

ChurchHealth Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

by Richard Bergstrom, D.Min., Founder and President I awoke very early the morning of March 9,1995. Filled with enthusiasm and excitement, I drove to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia, Washington determined to incorporate ChurchHealth as a non-profit organization. I prepared for a long wait, and even brought a sack lunch to tide me… Continue reading →

My Re-Ignite Story – by Dr. Richard Bergstrom

….will you still need me, will you still feed me… when I’m 64? The song reverberates in my head. “When I’m 64”, was written by Paul McCartney, recorded by the Beatles, and released in 1967 on their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Some speculate that McCartney was inspired by his father’s 64th birthday… Continue reading →

A subtle difference between a church plant and a split….

Church Plant Commissioning

This past Sunday one of our associate pastors along with 60 people walked up to the front of the worship service to announce that they were leaving our church to start a new congregation just ten minutes away from our church. But it wasn’t a church split as it might sound. It was an intentional… Continue reading →