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Coaching, Connection and Hope

Along the Journey

Coaching, Connection and Hope

A friend recommended I sign up for the coaching class at Columbia.

Little did I realize the ripple effect it would have.

It has me leaning into hope.

 

In the course, the leaders framed the program for coachees to...

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Six Basic Rules for Planning Church Education Programs

Dr. G. & Friends

Six Basic Rules for Planning Church Education Programs

Here are six basic rules for planning a church education program:

 

The persons who show up at an event are the ones who need to be there.

I’m continually puzzled at the over-focus on numbers in congregations.

If 100...

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The Influence of an ‘Unseen Character’

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The Influence of an ‘Unseen Character’

Acts 9:10-18

10Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight,...

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The Times They Keep a Changing: Bivocational Ministry as the New Norm?

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The Times They Keep a Changing: Bivocational Ministry as the New Norm?

Most of the pastors in the world are bivocational.

That has always been true, asserts Karl Vaters, author of The Grasshopper Myth and Small Church Essentials.

Most people attend larger churches, so a larger multi-staff congregation is perceived to be...

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Taken By Surprise, A Common Story

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Taken By Surprise, A Common Story

Jack Sanders was a dedicated senior pastor of a congregation in a major denomination.

He worked hard for his faith and the churches to which he had been called as pastor.

He and his wife, Melissa, were called...

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Pastoral Care: A Special Kind of Listening

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Pastoral Care: A Special Kind of Listening

When I was a hospice chaplain, I enjoyed working with the social workers in our office.

They were capable and smart.

They knew what to do when a problem arose.

If a patient needed placement in a nursing home...

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DID YOU TRAVEL WITH ANYONE YOU KNEW?

Along the Journey

DID YOU TRAVEL WITH ANYONE YOU KNEW?

Traveling alone can be an intimidating experience for anyone, not to mention a child arriving to a foreign land with people that speak a foreign language. It’s difficult to think about any child in such a situation and leads to...

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Toxic Leadership

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Toxic Leadership

The measure of successful leadership is how well a group performs, over time, in terms of valued outcomes, or the realization of its mission.

Benjamin J. Inyang considers leadership as a process which “involves the use of non-coercive influence to...

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ONE DAY

Along the Journey

ONE DAY

One day my life will matter to those who oppress me,

The injustices I currently face will simply be history.

One day my family will be treated fairly,

My kids will live a life of freedom and equality.

One day...

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