7 Things to know about leadership

7 Things to know about leadership

The concept of leadership has seen its own evolution.

What constitutes a leader and leadership in fields of study and in various contexts have changed over the decades.

Over the years some concepts have proven more helpful, and more…

Why the Desert Mothers and Fathers Still Matter

In one of his daily emails, the popular Franciscan writer Richard Rohr once admitted that he has some issues with the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers — the early Christian hermits and monastics who lived in Egypt, Palestine…

How does transformation work in the church?

I’ve been hearing a lot about “church transformation” lately: many church denominations have transformational initiatives, to help turn around declining congregations.

There’s a lot of pressure on clergy leaders to produce results, especially numerical growth.

The pressure exists elsewhere, too:…

Blackness and a Theology of Care

From 2005 to 2010, I worked as a supervisor at the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department in the county jail.

My mother retired as a prison guard after thirty years of working for the state of Alabama Department of Corrections.


Teachers, this is why planning is important

One of the most frustrating things for congregational educators is the dirty little secret about their teachers and planning.

That secret being that most volunteer church educators, Sunday school teachers and Bible study leaders, tend to do a minimum of…

How They Helped Me Recover

It was so unexpected!

I could not understand why it was happening. How ‘they’ could let me go.

My programs were successful.

I had faithfully served in this church for eighteen years.

I was hurt.

I was embarrassed.

I was…

What Will You Do?

In Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) the concept of differentiation of self is all about functioning.

One manifestation of the extent to which one is functioning in a self-differentiated manner is how well one can separate feeling from thinking.


Mentor Coaching Through the Center for Lifelong Learning

Ministry coaching has become a movement in most denominations over that last ten years helping gifted pastors get unstuck and find life-giving pathways forward.


Mentor Coaching by the Center for Lifelong Learning is offered to trained coaches as the…