Tag Archives: team

Negativity Bias, Charitable Interactions, and Learning to See the Best in Others

Have you had any negative interactions with people lately? Have you had any encounters in which you were less than charitable? I have. My name is Matthew Dowling, I am a preaching minister, and I have had less-than-charitable interactions with people. In fact, last week I had several interactions which inspired this post.…

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Leading in Anxious Times

In teaching a graduate course at ACU on Church Leadership, I enjoyed reading once again a wonderful book by Peter Steinke entitled Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times. Steinke offers wonderful insights into realities of congregational life and highlights the challenges leaders face. More than that, Steinke presents cogent wisdom to guide leaders to be non-anxious…

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Common Dysfunctions of an Elder Group

Team leadership is biblical and it creates a space for God to work communally. But team leadership can also foster all kinds of dysfunctionality! Aubrey Malphurs, in his book, Leading Leaders, offers five ways in which church leadership teams slip into patterns that are not healthy for partnering with God’s desires for a…

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Walking Side by Side: Mentoring and Apprenticing the Younger Generation

I would have missed a beautiful story of friendship and mentoring in Scripture if I had not created space for older mentors to walk side by side with me on my spiritual journey. I was younger, and I did not know how to handle difficult texts. So I chose the only logical path:…

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Shared Leadership

“If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.” –African proverb Team leadership is not an easy task—but it is a biblical frame for congregations. And the theological reason is a sober one. Namely, shared leadership might actually create a space for God to slip in…

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