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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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Adapt and Thrive Through Coaching 

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Adapt and Thrive Through Coaching 

Our world is in crisis.

COVID-19 has left unprecedented challenges in its wake for leaders and organizations.

Sheltering-in-place, social distancing, and historic unemployment have become our current realities.

Adapting to the “new normal” requires retooling.  

Coaching is a great...

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Love Those Classics

Dr. G. & Friends

Love Those Classics

Every once in a while, at my former church, we’d break out the old (and I mean old) hymnbooks for a Wednesday evening hymn sing.

People would call out the numbers of their favorite hymns to the song leader and...

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The Body of Christ and Our Bodies 

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The Body of Christ and Our Bodies 

It was during another public health crisis, some years back, that a church friend walked into a meeting wearing a button that said, “The body of Christ has AIDS.”

Those words shocked and moved and inspired me. 

I realized how important it was...

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Abuelo… en cuarentena

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Abuelo… en cuarentena

As the congregation moved from Mikell Chapel to the post-quinceañera reception, the young woman whose service we had just celebrated said to me, “Padre Bill, estás entre mis abuelos,” or, “Father Bill, now you are among my grandfathers.” 

Each week I can be found on the Cathedral Close...

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Knowing When To Fold ‘Em: The Plight of Second Chair Leaders

Dr. G. & Friends

Knowing When To Fold ‘Em: The Plight of Second Chair Leaders

Congregational staff who occupy the “second chair” often find themselves in a precarious position related to the prospects of their tenure.

Sometimes circumstances dictate this, but also, the relationship with the senior pastor can be a major factor, or, simply...

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Soul Tending: An Exploration of Practices for Spiritual Nourishment and Growth

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Soul Tending: An Exploration of Practices for Spiritual Nourishment and Growth

We have entered into an unusual and deeply challenging season in the life of the world.

Whether we wanted to go there or not, we are now in many ways wandering this wilderness together and apart.

Many of us are...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Talking Politics During Turbulent Times Online Conference

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Talking Politics During Turbulent Times Online Conference

The Center for Lifelong Learning announces sponsors and workshops for Talking Politics During Turbulent Times Online Conference.

 

Decatur, GA— Register now for Talking Politics During Turbulent Times hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary on...

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The Spiritual Roles of the Christian Teacher

Dr. G. & Friends

The Spiritual Roles of the Christian Teacher

Teaching is one of the primary functions in the Church, both in importance and necessity. In the early church, the function and calling of teaching was indistinguishable from that of Pastor. But in our age of specialization the role of...

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Depression and Ministry: When a Good Soul Feels Bad

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Depression and Ministry: When a Good Soul Feels Bad

Washington psychiatrist Sheldon Kopp had a knack for finding great titles for good books.

He once wrote a book entitled The Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But a Good Soul Feelin’ Bad.

I don’t remember much about the book, but I sure...

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