To be a boss, I don’t have to know where we’re going. I just have to be the person that leads the search.Jad Abumrad - RadioLab founder I find great comfort in this quote. As much as I dislike the word "boss" when it comes in reference to me, I am a leader who is often … Continue reading Having a vision? Finding a vision!
A religion that is not contagious is not genuine. Elton Trueblood from "Your Other Vocation" I am not sure I agree with Trueblood for I've seen movements that were contagious built on pretenses. But on the other hand it gives me hope because I feel being genuine is something within reach for all people including … Continue reading Be yourself.
The focus of pastoral leadership is so consistently on the people, in fact, that the spiritual condition of the flock is the only real measure of a leader's success.Christopher Beeley from Leading God's People Notice that the focus of pastoral leadership isn't growing a church. It isn't leading a great program. Pastoral leadership isn't about … Continue reading Deep leads to Wide
Ideology is the glue that holds decentralized organizations together. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations I don't fully agree with the above quote from one of my favorite books on organization leadership. Actually, I think it stops one station short of the destination. One of the questions we face in … Continue reading Ideology put into practice creates a uniting force
Much has been made of trust and its importance for relationships, leadership, and effectiveness. But how does it happen? What are the actions that lead to the deepening of faith and, in contrast, what do we do to tear down trust? I found a good starting point in the book Trillion Dollar Coach which is … Continue reading The Guts of Trust
The older I get the more I crave a routine. Oh, I still like change. No worries there! But I find myself drawn to and captured by the idea of routine, particularly in the morning. There is a website I’ve found that documents the morning routines of people (https://mymorningroutine.com). It’s great to get ideas about … Continue reading My Morning Routine
If you ask almost any adult about the impact of church school on his or her growth, he or she will not tell you about books or curriculum or Bible stories or anything like that. The central memory is of the teacher, learning is meeting. This poses problems for the characteristically American way of thinking … Continue reading Relationships to grow from