Of Donkeys, Elephants and Other Animals
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Of Donkeys, Elephants and Other Animals

Anxiety, incivility, trauma, fear, dismay--these are all words I've heard in the past few days as the U.S. election draws near. How do U.S. Pastors and church leaders  navigate this moment...
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Five
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Five

We’ve been spending time looking at defining reality in our councils. We’ve looked at the culture that shapes our council and at the kind of people who are typically nominated...
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Four
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Four

Charles Olson’s book Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders has formed the foundation for this series of blogs. Before we go to the next part of defining reality,...
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Three
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Three

In the previous two posts we looked at naming how the council works together. What is the culture that shapes the council? Is it strategic, corporate, managerial, etc.? Alongside of...
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Two
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part Two

Part of the Council’s discernment work is to define the congregation’s present reality. Charles Olson in his book Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders points out that the...
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part One
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A Step of Discernment – Defining Reality Part One

Part of the Council’s discernment work is to define the congregation’s present reality. Charles Olson in his book Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders points out that the...
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Passing off critical work?
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Passing off critical work?

One of the interesting and perhaps a little bit disturbing realities in congregations seeking their God-given, hope-filled futures is having councils that pass this critical work off to others because...
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New Wine is Better?
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New Wine is Better?

He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new,...
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A Holy Imagination – Hearing from the Seven Churches
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A Holy Imagination – Hearing from the Seven Churches

“Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Revelation 2.7,11,17,23; 3.6,13,22 Imagine God speaking to your church. What would he say? What...
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#COVID19-Reflecting on Losing Important Things
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#COVID19-Reflecting on Losing Important Things

“He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and...
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