Get Out of Your Rut: Novelty, Reflection, Learning and Leadership

Get Out of Your Rut: Novelty, Reflection, Learning and Leadership

May 21, 2018—It’s worth confessing: most of us, at some point, settle into a comfortable professional routine (a rut, really) that intersects with the achievement of a certain level of competence and the expectations placed on us about the job….

Forced Terminations and Ethics

May 14, 2018—Ethics are often a victim of forced pastoral terminations and for that matter, the continuing conflicts in church life which lead to such traumatic moments. Nearly every minister who has suffered an involuntary termination or a ‘near miss’…

Small But Unlimited

May 21, 2018—As a bi-vocational pastor, I am constantly reflecting on how one vocation informs the other. I serve a small congregation but I also work through The Outreach Foundation to resource small churches, and to connect them with our…

Three Challenges Every Ministry Associate Faces

May 3, 2018—I’m excited we’ll be offering the online course “Thriving as A Church Ministry Associate” (June 4 to July 6, 2018). Congregational ministry associates are second chair leaders. They are the lieutenants of the congregation who “get things…

Characteristics of Effective Learning Groups

Termination Hurts More Than Just the Minister

April 30, 2018—When we hear of a minister being terminated, we may think about a “gang of three” as the instigators and carriers of bad news that a minister must leave. Or we may think about the minister who was…

Three Outreach Ideas for Rural Churches

April 23, 2018—One of the biggest challenges in ministry is outreach, especially if your church is small and doesn’t have the financial or human resources to do BIG outreach the way some city and suburban churches might. Yet, we are…

Why Do So Many Remain Silent During Church Conflicts?

April 16, 2018—At a recent Healthy Transitions Wellness Retreat for Ministers and Spouses, a minister pointed out that during the conflict leading up to his forced resignation, he and his wife were surrounded by church families who loved them and…

Rural Churches as Sacred Spaces

April 9, 2018—I was once on staff at a small church in the Houston area. We had less than 150 people weekly, but our property situated on a busy road where nearly 30,000 cars a day passed us by. One…

Spouses Too Are Casualties in Church Conflicts

April 2, 2018—I have had many restless nights and feel the Lord is nudging me to tell my side of what actually happened to my husband and me. Many people have been hurt by the termination of my husband from…

The Hidden Power of Multigenerational Transmission

March 26, 2018—The Bowen Systems Theory concept of multi-generational transmission in families, although often difficult to accept at one level, is logically appreciated at another. Families pass along habits, traditions, beliefs, grudges, feuds, genes, and emotional process down the generations….

It Can Happen to You

March 19, 2018—Not too many years ago a popular song reminded us that some of the things we least expect can happen to us. Forced terminations of pastors certainly fit within this expectation. Most pastors have never faced a forced…

It’s About Formation, Not Schooling

March 12, 2018—Every now and again I come across the call from enthusiastic, often dissatisfied, church educators to create within the congregation a model of seminary or “school for faith.” The motivation is an earnest desire to make Christian education…

Education by Israel Galindo

Rejection Hurts, But Joy Comes in the Morning

March 5, 2018—The pastor talked slowly but deliberately as he responded to a request to tell the group about his experience of being forced from his pastorate several years earlier.

“For decades, I contended that life gets both harder and…

10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders

February 26, 2018—There is no end to spin offs and parodies on The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). I thought I’d add to the mix by offering “10 Commandments for Clergy Leaders” from a systems theory point of view. Here is…

Why You Can’t Fix Some Church Committees

February 19, 2018—Congregations are, by their nature, authentic communities of faith—despite the fact that they are also organizations. That’s an insight worth keeping in mind for every congregational leader. The tendency for leaders too often is to address congregational issues…

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