Category Archives: congregational life

Phrases You Should Never Use Around Church Members

We all have that painful memory of a moment when our emotions got the better of us during a moment of reactivity. As soon as we said those words we regretted them, or, if not immediately, then eventually, as the … Continue reading

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Your Mother Was Right: Life’s Not Fair

New post on the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog: “Your Mother Was Right: Life’s Not Fair (and sometimes you should not be).” A reflection on trying to be fair in an anxious system. Please like & share:

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Family Life Cycle in the Church

From the Along the Journey blog of the Center for Lifelong Learning: “Family Life Cycle Programming in the Church.” Please like & share:

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On church growth and rural churches

I recently visited with a pastor of a small rural congregation (average Sunday morning attendance is between 40 to 50). He’s been at that church for ten years and enjoys pastoral ministry. He is intelligent and well-educated, with a divinity … Continue reading

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Ghost hunters and exorcists: Leaders and secrets in the system

Do you have ghosts in your system that go bump in the night? Thoughts on leaders as ghost hunters and exorcists at the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog site. Please like & share:

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Do you want to be great?

GRACE member Israel Galindo reflects on three things an organization needs in order to be “great”. Read his toughts at the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog site. Please like & share:

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Planning for Christian Education Formation released

The new book by GRACE members Israel Galindo and Marty Canaday, Planning for Christian Education Formation: A Community of Faith Approach (Chalice Press) is immediately available in print and e-book format. Please like & share:

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Two ideas on bringing about organizational change

Visit the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog for two ideas on bringing about organizational change. Please like & share:

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If a leader’s job is not to bring about change, then what’s a leader good for?

A question from one of my students in the systems theory class results in a new insight for leaders from the Dog Whisperer. Please like & share:

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Best books critique ever

Brian Gumm offers a well-written review and critique of The Hidden Lives of Congregations. Please like & share:

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