Category Archives: Leadership

Avoiding the Sausage Factory

I like sausage. While I don’t like every kind of sausage I’ve ever tried, I like many of them. From what I’ve heard though, if I want to continue eating sausage I ought to avoid sausage factories. If I visited … Continue reading

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What Kind?

Bishop Will Willimon passes along some good questions from Lloyd John Ogilvie: What sort of people does Christ want to deploy in the world? What sort of church do we need to produce those people? What sort of leaders do … Continue reading

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Learning to Risk in Church

As a church we do a fairly decent job of keeping the older generation employed and busy. We do a fairly poor job of drawing the younger generations into leadership, however, unless they are willing to plug in and do … Continue reading

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Wright on Justification – 2

Notes on N.T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009 Chapter 1 The dominance of a particular reading of justification within the reformed tradition has tended to shape the understanding of theologically concerned protestants the … Continue reading

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Success in ministry

Several years ago we had an after-school ministry for upper elementary aged children. By the time we stopped it, it looked like a whopping success. Our little small town church would have 40-50 kids, mostly not from our church, show … Continue reading

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Driven

I’m reading, Dave Browning’s Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less, one of the books I was given for my birthday. I’m only in the second chapter, so this post will be far short of a full … Continue reading

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Is it good to tell the truth?

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Walking Around

One of the books I’m reading on right now is William A. Cohen’s, A Class with Drucker. Here are some good points on “Managing By Walking Around” he shares from Harry K. Jones (interspersed with some of my own comments): … Continue reading

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“That’s nice, preacher”

I’m a knowledge and information junkie. I read piles of books. If I had the time and money I’d go to a ministry conference every month. I used to go to more conferences and read more ministry books, but I’ve … Continue reading

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Cross Cultural Ministry in the US

Guy Williams has been blogging lately about ministry in the United Methodist Church, particularly on itineracy and matching churches and pastors. David Brooks’ column today sheds some light on the phenomena we’re seeing, particularly the gap between urban, suburban and … Continue reading

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