Is my Sunday school class too big?
Every once in a while I get a chance to visit congregations with large Sunday School or Sunday morning Bible classes (though these are far and few between since covid).
I’ve seen some classes have between 50 and 100...
An aid to coping with anxiety
Reflecting on their challenge with generalized chronic anxiety, one person found they fell into five fairly distinct classifications:
Worries about disasters which, as later events proved, never happened (about 40% of their anxieties). Worries about decisions they had made...
Clergy Self Care
The calling to ministry involves service to others, self-denial, and often, self-sacrifice.
For many clergy, investing in self-care, however, can be a challenge.
Whatever its source, feelings of obligation, guilt, or shame; or a lacking sense of boundaries, clergy are...
Emotional Integration in Organizations
At the conclusion of a recent presentation on leadership in organizations someone asked, “How would you define emotional integration in an organization?”
While I did not use that phrase in my presentation, it was a good question.
I enjoy those leadership books that revisit the basics.
While some books on leadership are better than others, I always find it helpful to be reminded of the fundamentals.
Whenever I’ve managed to get myself in trouble it’s because I’ve...
Ways to Ruin Your Child
Wait. Did that say “Ruin”? Yes, it did!
I first read 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Child and its sequel 10 Best Parenting Ways to Ruin Your Teenager by Israel Galindo as a young minister, and I...
Why someone might not attend church
I met up with some old friends who’d brought along some of their friends I appreciated meeting.
It didn’t take long to get to that awkward point in the conversation that follows the “What do you do for a living?”...
I met a rare kind of person last week.
He was what I’ll describe as a genuinely intelligent person.
There are plenty of smart or knowledgeable people around, and given that I spend a lot of time around “academic types”...
Are you speaking the truth in love?
I’m revisiting some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Few have written better on the matter of community.
I came across his thoughts on speaking the truth in love in community that I find timely.
I’ll confess I remain perpetually...
How to be a Popular Leader
Every once in a while I need to challenge someone by asking, “Do you want to be liked or do you want to be effective?”
In one sense it’s a false choice, but in another, leaders often will have to...
Learning and Experience
A couple of educators I know are high on what they call “experiential learning.”
They try to be “creative” in the use of “interactive” learning methods in their teaching: skits, simulations, role-play, art activity, dramatizations, etc.
Given the dearth of...
7 Things to know about leadership
The concept of leadership has seen its own evolution.
What constitutes a leader and leadership in fields of study and in various contexts have changed over the decades.
Over the years some concepts have proven more helpful, and more...
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...
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.