Many years ago, in the days when the Czar ruled over Russia, the leader was walking in his palace garden one day. In the far corner of the garden he … [Read more...] about Guardian or Gardener?
Very regularly, ministers ask for my help with ministerial and congregational life in very pragmatic ways. What is the best way to organize, plan, … [Read more...] about Five Essential Tools for Healthy Ministry
I recently spent a memorable and meaningful few days with a group of Music Ministers. Throughout our times of worship, breakouts and social … [Read more...] about We Can Do Better
One of the key predictors of strong congregational health is the type of leadership the ministerial and paid staff of a congregation offers. When the … [Read more...] about Staff-led or Staff-controlled?
In an excellent sermon, NYC pastor Alan Sherouse suggested that a most appropriate stewardship metaphor for a New Testament church is that of a table. … [Read more...] about Tables and Barns
One of the most helpful insights I have gained in recent years for understanding the leadership culture of congregational life is the concept of … [Read more...] about The hardest issues we face
There is a consistent theme in the conversations I have with clergy and laity alike about what frustrates or challenges them most. Without a doubt it … [Read more...] about Curbing an epidemic
The headlines are relentless. I wince every time I hear of a minister violating sexual or moral boundaries. I listen sadly as clergy describe … [Read more...] about Boundaries 101
The landscape of hiring and managing staff is rapidly changing for congregations. What are the implications for the men and women who desire to serve … [Read more...] about So, you want to be a minister?