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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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Blackness and a Theology of Care

Along the Journey

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.

During...

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Teachers, this is why planning is important

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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...

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How They Helped Me Recover

Along the Journey

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...

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What Will You Do?

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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.

Some...

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Mentor Coaching Through the Center for Lifelong Learning

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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...

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The Positive Listener Assessment

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The Positive Listener Assessment

Research tells us that between 75% to 80% of the communication flow in most classrooms is from the teacher to the students.

While sharing information and directing instruction is a necessary part of the classroom learning experience, so is a...

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Everything Seminary Didn’t Prepare Me For

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Everything Seminary Didn’t Prepare Me For

I have found memories of the seminary I attended in the early 2000s and am forever grateful for the lessons, experiences, and relationships that emerged from that period in my life.

At the same time, seminary did not prepare me...

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You’ve Graduated, What now?

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You’ve Graduated, What now?

You’ve graduated. You stared out into a crowd or intently at your screen as your name was called and your degree conferred. But what happens now? Mission work? Chaplaincy? Pastoring a small church? Teaching over the summer? More coursework to...

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Improvisation in Ministry: “Yes, and…”

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Improvisation in Ministry: “Yes, and…”

Improv has become, for me, more than playing a collection of silly games aimed at making an audience laugh.

Rather, improv is becoming a way of living.

Improvisers talk about “Yes, and…” If you know anything about improv beyond “Whose...

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