How long can you maintain excellence in ministry?

How long can you maintain excellence in ministry?

The power of peer-group learning is explored in the book by Brenda Harwood, D. Bruce Roberts, and others, So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive.”

The book presents findings from the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Peer Learning…

5 People Every Leader Needs

Leadership is lonely, they say.

That is true to a real extent.

Few understand the weight of responsibility that comes with leadership, or the shifts in relationship that can bring isolation and distance.

But to say leadership is a lonely…

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

When I arrived at my first assignment with the Air Force in 1990, I didn’t have much experience in a hospital under my belt.

During the first three-and-a-half years in Wichita Falls, Texas I was introduced to hospital ministry.


The Presbytery of Wabash Valley

The Presbytery of Wabash Valley Ministry Formation Program  was created to meet the need for training Ruling Elders of the Wabash Valley Presbytery, Indiana.

The Presbytery needed an online program to accommodate the needs and schedules of ruling elders in…

What type of repertoire do differentiated leaders tend to follow?

Functioning at a high level of differentiation is the golden fleece for most congregational leaders who are students of BFST.

Especially in times of acute systemic anxiety and symptomatic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on the repertoire that…

Prophecy and Preaching Today

I’ve recently become a fan of Frank Herbert’s fantasy classic Dune.

In both the novel and the recently released film starring Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson, prophesy features prominently.

Herbert introduces us to a mystical order called the Bene Gesserits,…

Reactivity…these 10 things make it worse

All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another.

It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may be the result of direct and necessary action taken by the leader, or, it can come…

The Hardest Lesson I’m Grateful I Learned

When she turned and dramatically pointed her finger at me, I felt the room began to spin.

“Tell us, right now, pastor!” she demanded.

“Tell us what you actually believe.”

Even my ordination examination on the floor of Presbytery had…

Leaders, Not Principals

In the media, examples of school principals abound from (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ) highly suspicious Ed Rooney, to the distant yet caring Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.

As someone who worked in public education for eight years…

Dialogue vs. Discussion

A friend led a workshop on the dialogical learning method that I presented in my book How To Be the Best Christian Study Group Leader.

He shared how difficult it was for some of the participants to understand the…

Education by Israel Galindo