Monthly Archives: April 2008

It only takes a few of them

Forced terminations of clergy remains one of the most difficult, and often tragic, issues for congregations. A congregation can take years to recover from the forced termination o a pastor—and so also for the pastor. A single episode can become … Continue reading

Posted in bowen family systems theory, congregational life, leadership | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on It only takes a few of them

Are you enforcing your church’s child protection policy?

It’s hard to imagine but there are still churches that have no child protection policies in place. That’s just a tragedy waiting to happen. One related issue is that many congregations have adopted child protection policies but fail to ensure … Continue reading

Posted in children, congregational life | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Please like & share:

Posted in Design, quotes | Comments Off on

Reading day (spirituality and faith)

Once a month I try to take a reading day at the library, either at my local neighborhood library or the seminary library across campus. Most of my reading on that day consists of pulling journals and periodicals off the … Continue reading

Posted in books, personal growth | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Reading day (spirituality and faith)

The five ‘must do’ things for ministry staff success

Previously we shared some thoughts from Lynn Turner, Associate Pastor of Youth, Career, and Discipleship at the First Baptist Church of Richmond, VA. We asked Lynn to share her thoughts about how to success in ministry with seminarians in my … Continue reading

Posted in congregational life, leadership, second chair | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The five ‘must do’ things for ministry staff success

Isn’t it obvious?

I recently led another parenting workshop for a group of suburban parents. I’ve been doing this workshop for about fifteen years and it’s gotten to the point that I know when to pause to wait for specific questions. No matter … Continue reading

Posted in books, children, personal growth | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Isn’t it obvious?

Reading day (ministry)

Once a month I try to take a reading day at the library, either at my local neighborhood library or the seminary library across campus. Most of my reading on that day consists of pulling journals and periodicals off the … Continue reading

Posted in books, personal growth | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Reading day (ministry)

Five hazards for second chair leaders

Previously we shared some thoughts from Lynn Turner, Associate Pastor of Youth, Career, and Discipleship at the First Baptist Church of Richmond, VA. We asked Lynn to share her thoughts about ministry to seminarians in my course on “Thriving and … Continue reading

Posted in congregational life, leadership, second chair | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Five hazards for second chair leaders

What pastors want staff to know

I’m teaching a new course titled “How to Thrive and Succeed as a Congregational Ministry Associate.” The course features a narrative component that consists of visits from “practitioners.” These are ministry associates, “second chair” leaders, currently in congregations. The visitors … Continue reading

Posted in leadership, second chair | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Please like & share:

Posted in quotes, teaching | Comments Off on