For the Bookshelf: To Know as We Are Known

For the Bookshelf: To Know as We Are Known

July 25, 2016—In To Know As We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey by Parker J. Palmer (San Francisco, CA: HarperOne, 1993), author, activist, teacher and nationally recognized educational expert, offers a new model for knowing, learning and teaching….

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

What Sustains Excellence in Ministry?

July 11, 2016—The power of peer-group learning is explored in the book by Brenda Harwood, D. Bruce Roberts, and others, So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive.” The book presents findings from the Sustaining Pastoral…

For the Bookshelf: Seeds for the Future

July 11, 2016—Opening this “seed catalog,” as author Bob Dale calls his book on organic church leadership, Seeds for the Future: Growing Organic Leaders for Living Churches (St. Louis, MO: Lake Hickory Resources, 2005), you are struck almost immediately…

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Virtually the Same: On Start-ups, Spreadsheets and Service Books

June 30, 2016—This Service Book and Rodex belonged to my grandfather, the Reverend William Dickson Varker. He served the PC(USA) as a pastor from 1955 -1991 and this Rodex holds record of the baptisms, marriages and burials he did while…

For the Bookshelf: The Year 1000

June 27, 2016—Sixteen years into the new millennium has diminished the novelty of that turn of the calendar. I can’t remember when was the last article or workshop I’ve seen with a reference on how to anticipate and address some…

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Stop Asking God For Direction

June 23, 2016—I met up with a volunteer at my church this past week over coffee. He’s a young guy with loads of talent trying to find out where he’s heading in life. He’s having doubts about his current…

Why Are We Still Doing This? Moving From Fragmented Formation to Engaged Discipleship: Part II

[This is the second of a two-part blog post. See Part I here.]

June 16, 2016—If we want people to feel like they are the church and live their lives in the way of Jesus in an everyday reflective…

Why Are We Still Doing This? Moving From Fragmented Formation to Engaged Discipleship: Part I

June 9, 2016—Years ago I ran into a problem. I would facilitate a great conversation in adult Sunday school and seem to make a break-through in understanding, arrive the next week and feel like we would have the same conversation…

Even More (Really Exciting) Changes With Leadership in Ministry

A message from Leadership in Ministry Coordinator Bob Dibble:

June 8, 2016—My first involvement with LIM began in 1994, later joining the Faculty. In 2008 Larry Matthews asked me to consider assuming responsibilities as Coordinator of LIM so that he…

What Tough Leaders Do

June 6, 2016—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…

The Relationships That Connect Us

June 2, 2016—Presbyterians talk a lot about being a connectional church, but we don’t always say what this means. Does this mean that we have a big fancy computer network that links up all our congregations across the country? Since…

For the Bookshelf: Upside Down

May 30, 2016—Stacy T. Rinehart’s small volume Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1998. 170 pages) focuses on the leadership model that Jesus gave the church. The author details briefly the transformation of his own…

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Jesus Didn’t Die to Perpetuate an Institution: The Mother of All Culture Shifts

May 26, 2016—Repeat after me: It’s not—and never again will be—about getting new members.

On the heels of Mothers’ Day, I’ve been thinking about a couple of important and unimportant things:

An historic Mother Church is counting down to a terrible anniversary…

Saturday Night Service and Sunday Sabbath

May 19, 2016—A few years ago, our congregation changed our monthly worship “rhythm.” Once a month, we worship Saturday at 5 pm and then take the next Sunday as an intentional day of Sabbath rest.

On the Sunday when we…

For the Bookshelf: The Lay Driven Church

Steinbron, Melvin J. The Lay Driven Church. Regal Publishing Company, 1997.

May 16, 2016—There have been those to say, “Laypeople do not get involved in the church because they are lazy.” Author Melvin J. Steinbron demolishes that theory with his…

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