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Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

Dr. G. & Friends

Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

I’ve done enough consultations long enough and studied organizations carefully enough to recognize a pattern in some organizations. I refer here to those whose organizations, some young, some old, that ended their institutional lifespan. Though many were surprised by the...

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A Message from Prof. Harkins

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A Message from Prof. Harkins

Among my favorite passages from the Hebrew Bible is Joshua 3: 1-5. The NRSV version reads like this: 

3 Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan....

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Being Called to the Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

Along the Journey

Being Called to the Ordinary in These Extraordinary Times

“Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours…”...

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The Number 1 Cause of Clergy-Congregation Conflict May Not be What You Think

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The Number 1 Cause of Clergy-Congregation Conflict May Not be What You Think

When asked what the number one issue is that causes clergy-congregation conflict (often leading to a forced termination) one can guess several: money, theology, or leadership style for example. Those are good guesses, but they may not be the most...

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Reviving Lament in the Church

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Reviving Lament in the Church

At the February Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, we received a new minister member.

The practice in our presbytery is for the minister to introduce themselves, say a little bit about their call, and then to be...

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Overcoming obstacles to change

Dr. G. & Friends

Overcoming obstacles to change

Leading is a challenge even in the most tranquil of circumstances within congregations today. When you add the layer of introducing or working toward change on top of the myriad of things already required, “challenging” may feel too soft a...

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A Latina Woman of Color  in Ministry

Along the Journey

A Latina Woman of Color  in Ministry

When I came to the US from Guatemala, I experienced racial discrimination from those I would describe as privileged. But this wasn’t exclusive to my new surroundings, it happened from my own culture too. 

 

Eventually, I became a leader in my denomination but continued...

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What Effective Church Educators Do

Dr. G. & Friends

What Effective Church Educators Do

Fortunate is the church that can afford to call a paid church educator. More fortunate still is the church that finds an effective educator. That one person will make all the difference in helping a church have a stellar Christian...

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Narrating God

Along the Journey

Narrating God

Have you seen The Good Place?

 

The show is as funny as it is incisive. It revolves around four characters who have died and are told they have accumulated enough points on earth to enter...

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Have you found the key?

Dr. G. & Friends

Have you found the key?

One metaphor for wisdom is the key. Keys unlock what is closed, throw open the doors to what is hidden, and reveal secrets locked away. Keys are also a metaphor for access, and therefore, of power (remember the character nicknamed...

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