Tag Archives: Healthy Responses Series

Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: What “Getting Turned Around” in Atlanta Taught Me about Church Leadership

This is the final post of this series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #7: Focus on DIRECTION, not condition I spent two summers as a youth intern for a church in the suburbs of Atlanta. I learned a lot during those two summers about the Atlanta-metro. For instance,…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: What is “Health” Anyway?

This is part 6 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #6: Focus on SYSTEM not symptom Have you ever thought about how difficult it is to define the word health? Even if we’re just talking about physical health. Who is more healthy: a baby with a…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: Preserving (not Creating) Unity and the Bond of Peace

This is part 5 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #5: Focus on INTEGRITY not unity Churches of Christ began as part of a movement emphasizing Christian unity. The sad irony of this is, of course, that there are a number of factions within Churches of…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: How to Stop Playing Tennis with Yourself

This is part 4 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #4: Focus on CHALLENGE not comfort “Your system is perfectly designed to get the results you are now getting.” This is a truism if ever there was one. Are you dissatisfied with the results produced in…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: Human Beings or Human Becomings?

This is part 3 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #3: Focus on PROCESS not content Would you like to drive yourself crazy? It’s really quite easy—just focus on the content of your church. Your teaching and sermons aren’t as good as they could be.…

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Healthy Responses for Church Leaders: Being Well vs. Not Being Sick

This is part 2 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Healthy Response #2: Focus on STRENGTH not weakness My grandmother, who is right-handed, recently broke her right shoulder. She took a pretty hard fall in her kitchen, which resulted in a partial shoulder replacement. I spoke with…

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But, Isn’t That…Selfish? The Paradoxical Nature of Love

This is part 1 of an ongoing series. Find the rest of the series here. — Last month I shared an article referencing a sheet of paper I have hanging up in my office with the title, “7 Responses for Healthy Systems”. This list comes from Peter Steinke’s excellent little book How Your Church…

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What You Look for Is Often What You Get

Like many people I know, I place little reminders around my office to remind me of things I’d like to remember. Several of these reminders are clustered on the small bulletin board I keep by my office door. Settled amidst this haphazard collection is a rather plain-looking white piece of paper with the…

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