Tag Archives: church leadership

Rebooting

I went through a podcast phase about three years ago. I subscribed to anything that seemed interesting. What followed was information overload. I could not keep up, so recently I began the “great podcast purge.” The podcasts that survived fall into two categories: they are short, as in seven minutes or less; or they are the work of storytellers.

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Surprised by Women in Worship

We have had women participating in public worship at the Manhattan Church of Christ since the early 2000s. Since we are a well-known congregation in New York City, we often have visitors who come to us from Churches of Christ in other parts of the country and even outside of the United States…

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Without Vision, Ministry Perishes (Part 3)

Where there is no prophetic vision the people are discouraged. (Prov. 29:18) — The popular definition of insanity is “doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.” Now, psychologists would tell us that isn’t the proper definition of insanity, and they would be right. But it is CRAZY to think that we…

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When All Your Elder-Candidates “Just Say No”

If you’ve been through an elder selection process recently, I suspect you heard one word more than any other: “No.” Not from the existing elders. Not from the congregation. Not from the staff. No … the “no” you probably heard repeatedly came from elder-candidates who reasoned that “now, is not the time” for…

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Keep Calm and Carry On

The West-Ark congregation recently hosted Hal Runkel’s Scream-Free seminar. I recommend his seminar for your church or organization. His three books, Scream-Free Parenting, Scream-Free Marriage, and Choosing Your Own Adulthood are simple but profound reads. Check out his website for more great resources and information on Hal Runkel’s work. Like me, Hal is a…

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Without Vision, Ministry Perishes (Part 2)

Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint. (Prov. 29:18, NRSV) — When I was teaching one of my favorite poems was Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make.” The final line (very edited) states, “Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true: Teachers make…

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The Path to Church Renewal Leads through the Desert

In the past, I’ve written and spoken about church renewal from a hopeful and theoretical perspective. I can now begin to speak of it from experience. May God be glorified! But here’s a warning: it’s been tough. Across the country, aging churches such as mine in Central California face difficult choices. Some still…

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Without Vision, Ministry Perishes (Part 1)

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” (Prov 29:18; The Message) — Some kids grow up dreaming of standing in the pulpit proclaiming God’s word, or teaching Bible classes that move people to tears, or…

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The Role of Intentional Affirmation in Female Development

Who inspired you to be in ministry? It’s a question many of us can answer, but how often do we stop to consider if we have passed along the same gift? As ministry leaders there is an intentional, but simple, thing we can do to help women move toward ministry. It is important…

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