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Make a Difference in the Future of the African American Church

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Make a Difference in the Future of the African American Church

Seeing the Future of the African American Church in the Rainbow: The Birth of a Movement is the focus for the Thompson Scholars seminar to be held on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary April 25-28, 2023 in Decatur, GA.

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Change requires two kinds of leaders

Dr. G. & Friends

Change requires two kinds of leaders

In whatever organizational context—a small business, a corporation, an educational institution, or a congregation, for change initiatives to begin, the organization needs leaders.

After that, the organization needs effective managers for the changes to succeed.

 

Organizations tend not to...

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So, you want to retire in a year?

Along the Journey

So, you want to retire in a year?

If you’re anything like the folks in churches I work with, you know the upheaval of the last few years has led to more people rethinking retirement.

And sure, some decide to put it off. But I’ve also run into...

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Lessons Learned from Theological Literature: Thomas Merton

Along the Journey

Lessons Learned from Theological Literature: Thomas Merton

This blog’s topic, “Lessons learned from your favorite piece of theological literature and how you apply its lessons” has been the most challenging topic I’ve written about this year.

In fact, I’ve spent the year avoiding it.

How does one...

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What a Leader Can Accomplish

Dr. G. & Friends

What a Leader Can Accomplish

What can leaders accomplish, really?

Despite personal competence, charisma, expertise, or credentials, the reality is that a leader will be successful in bringing about change to the extent the organization allows.

 

One of the most important things leaders do...

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Dealing With Critics

Dr. G. & Friends

Dealing With Critics

If you are the leader, critics come with the territory.

 

Few things are as frustrating and disheartening for a leader as being on the receiving end of undue criticism.

It seems that no good deed goes unpunished, no meaningful...

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Anxiety, Security, and Risk

Dr. G. & Friends

Anxiety, Security, and Risk

Anxiety can lead to reactivity in the form of a search for security.

This reactivity takes the form of people seeking certitude and demanding guarantees during times of uncertainty.

But the fact is that security, guarantees, and certitudes are myths....

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Too Many Choices Can Keep You Stuck

Dr. G. & Friends

Too Many Choices Can Keep You Stuck

A friend called asking for help.

She was stuck trying to make a decision.

After months of discussion, she and her family finally convinced her mother of the need to move her into an assisted living facility.

That’s never an...

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Christians, Muslims and Engaged Missions Work

Along the Journey

Christians, Muslims and Engaged Missions Work

In the height of white America’s fear of Muslim people’s background and faith, the white congregation I served in northwest Washington leaned into learning about and experiencing life with our Muslim neighbors.

We knew so little.

We knew that anyone...

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