Leadership

It’s Time

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The new year has begun. Get used to writing 2018 on your checks (if you still use those) or anyplace that requires today’s date. For many of us, we are pissed at 2017. 2017 didn’t treat us well and may have only seemed to be full of disappointment, hurt, and loss. But 2018 feels like a new start, with new possibilities and second chances. It’s time to make room for new… again. Continue reading →

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TGIF Humility

File Mar 10, 12 00 32 PM.pngI’ve got some great links to share this week! You may have heard it said that “humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Humility today would make anyone’s top ten list of positive character traits. Humility is a virtue and it is listed high on theoretical importance, yet it is eroded by our western culture’s pull towards power and status. We pursue happiness and fulfillment through selfish ambition. True ambition is the pursuit of loving God and everybody more.  Continue reading →

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The Witness of Preaching

In Thomas G. Long’s, The Witness of Preaching he describes three images of preachers and preaching to answer the question, “What does it mean to preach?” A preacher is a herald, a pastor, and a storyteller/poet. Continue reading →

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A Thousand Sermons: Why I Preach

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When I was let go from my first vocational ministry the one thing I knew I wanted to continue to do was preach. I had no idea where God would take me, but it was clear in my mind what I was to do when I got there. The urge to preach was like my second calling. The first being my original calling to ministry while still in college. God wouldn’t leave me alone about it.

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TGIF Links

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Thank God it’s Friday! And Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

Here are some interesting links that I wanted to share with you. Have an awesome Christmas and invite someone to church!  Continue reading →

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TGIF Links

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Here are some blogs, articles and podcasts that I just wanted to share with you. Have an awesome weekend and be the church!

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Finding Your True Voice

blog-dec-13-2016As a young Lead Minister I discovered that finding my voice in my church context was a work in progress. How do I remain true to who I am and be what the church needs me to be? Now that I serve as Senior Minister in a different church, how do I find my pastoral voice in this community?

In this week’s blog I summarize chapter two of William B. Kincaid’s book “Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity.” It encapsulates some of the steps I am taking to not only find my pastoral voice but also the church’s communal voice.

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Habits – Part 3: Attitude of Gratitude

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Our organization has chosen to adopt four habits that will help us to honor Jesus and participate in His mission here on earth.

These four habits are:

  1. People First
  2. Make it Better
  3. Attitude of Gratitude
  4. Engage those far from God

Today we will look at the third organizational habit – Attitude of Gratitude.

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