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Eight Ways to Kill an Organization

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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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Praying Politically

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Praying Politically

Several years ago, I was part of a church fighting over marriage equality. The leadership wanted to bless marriages of all couples.

But their decision proved fractious and a congregational meeting was called to discuss rising tensions.

A prominent layman...

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Perennial Principles About Learning You Should Know

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Perennial Principles About Learning You Should Know

As educators, we are sometimes prone to “miss the forest for the trees” when preparing a course or a lesson.

 

That is, we often focus on the immediacy of crafting a lesson outline, selecting learning methods, creating teaching resources,...

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Help students understand the “point” you’re making with this

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Help students understand the “point” you’re making with this

How do you help students to get the point you’re trying to teach? More often than not, most of us try the direct approach: “Just tell them!” But a paradox in learning is that often students do not learn what...
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Stress and Anxiety in the Church

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Stress and Anxiety in the Church

Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Church

Stress and anxiety have never been higher – in our country, in our families and in our churches.

There is always stress in our lives and churches, but today’s environment makes soaring anxiety...

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For the Bookshelf: It Takes More than Love

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For the Bookshelf: It Takes More than Love

Like most pastors, prior to weddings, I meet with a couple several times.

Early in my ministry, I used a premarital survey that assessed people’s values and feelings and then highlighted various areas, like money, communication, or sex, that might...

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Coaching:  We’ve Come a Long Way From Kansas, Dorothy 

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Coaching:  We’ve Come a Long Way From Kansas, Dorothy 

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most-watched movies of all time, actually in the top three according to some rating agencies. 

Why would a 1939 movie still resonate with modern audiences?  

Yes, it is a family movie, lacks violence, and has a happy ending. 

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Show us your moves

Dr. G. & Friends

Show us your moves

No, this isn’t about dancing.

The “moves” I’m referring to is movement in your teaching process.

A great communicator once said that how you communicate is just as important as what you say.

In terms of teaching...

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Caregiving and Ministry: A Shifting Balance

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Caregiving and Ministry: A Shifting Balance

From Mother’s Day 2019 to St. Patrick’s Day 2020, my husband and I cared for my mother in our home.

Her name was Louise, but everyone knew her as “Coffee,” a nickname she picked up in college because her maiden...

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Tips for Effective Preaching

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Tips for Effective Preaching

Preaching is tough in the best of times.

When faced with a global pandemic, political uncertainty, environmental catastrophes spurred by climate change, and economic disparity between the rich and the poor at an all-time high, preaching can feel near impossible.

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