Tag Archives: transition

Where Are You Going, Abram?

After over 10 years of dreaming, praying, and visiting Philadelphia, the time has come for my family and I to finally move out of Texas and into the city of brotherly love. This has been such a long, exciting, anxious journey filled with doubts, struggles, enthusiasm, questions, frustration, affirmation, and joy. During these…

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Leaving Church: What I’m Learning (Part 1)

“Come and help us learn to be the people of God in the neighborhood where we find ourselves.” Three and a half years ago, we moved our family from Thousand Oaks, CA to the Portland, Oregon area—Beaverton, to be specific. We left our jobs at Pepperdine: I was associate chaplain, and my husband…

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When to Quit, and When to Persevere

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” —Vince Lombardi — Deep within the psyche of every American lurks an idea. A dangerous idea. It’s one that is reinforced in film and music, it’s hinted at in inspirational posters and videos shared on Facebook, and its opposite is held in such high esteem one…

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Is It Too Late to Turn Back? Reflections on the Difficulties of Change

I’ve recently entered a season that I might describe as a wilderness of sorts. My husband and I just moved to Boston, Massachusetts, nearly two thousand miles away from Abilene, Texas, the place that we have called home for the past five years. With a change of scenery, a change in culture, and…

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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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When Ministers Change Their Minds

Summertime provides a lot of opportunity to interact with ministers from around the world. As we make our way across conferences and lectureships, I often use the interactions as an occasion to listen for trends in ministry. What kinds of sermons are people preaching? How are our churches growing or shrinking? What struggles…

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Joining Church

A few years ago a preacher searching for a ministry position called an elder at a church that had recently lost their pulpit minister. Before inquiring about the nature of the search process that would soon begin, the preacher offered sympathies, knowing that the recent loss of a very talented and accomplished speaker…

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Managing the Tension: Change and Stability

This post is part of an ongoing series about grappling with paradox, contradiction, and mystery as it relates to church leadership in today’s world. Find the rest of the series here: Introduction, Global & Local 1, Global & Local 2. — “So change has been the one constant, I guess. That, and Christ.” – Carey Nieuwhof, reflecting on his…

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