Three notable articles I read this week: Will Browning – Five questions to ask if you think God is calling you elsewhere. Will provides five questions any minister should ask before beginning a transition. Jeremy Roberts – Why I dress up more than I used to when I preach. “My attire was not helping me minister to people older than I. I’m 32, and sometimes folks who are 50+ can struggle with having a pastor the age of their kids or grandkids.” Jeremy Weber and Ted Olsen – Read more [...]
Leaders fail when they accuse someone of breaking trust when all that person did was make an honest mistake. It’s demoralizing for the accused. Leaders also fail when they dismiss betrayal, thinking the betrayer was simply mistaken. That’s dangerous for the leader. I’ve made mistakes as a leader. One in particular stands out. The pre-filled-peel-and-partake communion cups were a mistake. I thought they would make the Lord’s Supper process more efficient. Apparently, no one cares about Read more [...]
In the 1830s Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about democracy in America: “Each new generation is a new people.” At the time, America was rapidly expanding. Political thinkers like de Tocqueville were watching to see how American democracy would balance liberty and equality. The American experiment that began in 1776—a political miracle of sorts—created a climate in which each generation could reinvent, change, and become something unlike their parents. Fast-forward to the 1960s, and the Baby Read more [...]
Good leaders are both analysts and catalysts. Leaders must accurately describe reality. Leaders must create for a better future. An analyst has a proper understanding of present reality. A catalyst knows what to create for a better future. The analyst helps followers understand the present. The catalyst inspires followers to move towards the future. All effective leaders are both analysts and catalysts to a degree, but most tend to lean one way or the other. The analyst is more prophet, warning Read more [...]
  The “established” side of the established church is often viewed with some derision. I certainly understand why. The establishment can be stodgy, stuck, and stuffy. Being established, however, is what you make it. The establishment can also be advantageous for churches. Two benefits, in particular, are worth noting: seasons and rhythms. You don’t necessarily see these benefits. There is no instant gratification of a season or rhythm. They simply exist, but seasons and rhythms are Read more [...]