Interdependence and Staff Transitions

Interdependence and Staff Transitions

The Center for Healthy Churches uses the garden as a metaphor for healthy churches as we “seek to bring hope, help and healing to churches and clergy in the spirit of Christ.” One of the components of this metaphor is interdependence. Just like a garden depends on the...
The View from Outside the Kettle

The View from Outside the Kettle

George Barna, the founder of the Barna Research Group likes to say he offers, “Knowledge to navigate a changing world.” When I began my ministry, he wrote a book called The Frog in the Kettle. The idea was that if a frog is in a kettle of water that gradually heats...
Take a deep breath . . . over and over

Take a deep breath . . . over and over

I have three children, they are teenagers now, but I remember when each of them was an infant, and they were crying … or screaming, I really wished they could talk so they could just tell me what was wrong. As time passed and they started talking, I realized they...

Coaching 101

I keep an advertisement for dog food I tore out of a magazine on the top of my coaching materials. It is a picture of a dog looking right at the camera and the print says, “He’s not a pet, He’s a life coach.” There is some truth to that assertion. It is true that a...

Let’s Share This Mess

It doesn’t happen every day, but sometimes I buckle down and cook dinner for my husband and three teenagers. It’s a lot of effort, but it’s almost always worth it and, at least the way I cook, it always makes a mess. If I get stuck with the responsibility for figuring...