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Tough Leaders Have These in Common
There's no doubt about it, providing effective leadership in any context is a tough job; and, it requires tough leaders.
Toughness, however, is often misunderstood.
At the end of the day, toughness itself does not automatically result in effective leadership.
Toughness is a product of the quality of self; chiefly, it is a... + Read More
Dwelling in Honesty and Gratitude
How can clergy care for themselves?
What does self-care look like in this topsy-turvy world?
Can this be done without ignoring the real suffering of others, without hiding away in places of privilege?
I reflected on this question during the morning Hurricane Ida swept into Louisiana leaving devastation in its... + Read More
Mission Statements for Children's Ministries
I've surveyed children's ministry missions statements in preparation for courses I've created (the majority of congregations I surveyed didn't have one).
I have been intrigued by the use of “mission statements” by children’s ministry programs in congregations.
I’ve got mixed feelings about mission statements in... + Read More