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Six Resources For Building A Healthy Church Staff Culture

In our last post, Eight Church Staff Culture Building Assessments, Surveys and Questionnaires, we provided tools for building a more engaged and productive church staff culture. We noted that building a healthy church staff culture requires an ongoing commitment on the part of leadership as well as a variety of tools and approaches. Today we provide six additional resources for... Continue Reading

Eight Church Staff Culture Building Assessments, Surveys and Questionnaires

Building a healthy and engaged church staff culture is a never ending process that requires a consistent and ongoing intentionality. And, because there are so many factors that influence staff culture it helps to come at it from a variety of different angles and approaches. Below are some of the tools, surveys, assessments, and questions I have successfully used as... Continue Reading

A Self-Awareness Spiritual Practice: Recollecting Our Days

A well-known Christian therapist, who almost exclusively works with pastors, once noted “The number one problem I encounter with pastors is a lack of self-awareness.” That can probably be said of most leaders as well. Why? There are many streams that come together to create that river but in my estimation a few include arrogance, authoritarianism, and isolation from honest... Continue Reading

Biases That Blind And Trap Us  

A bias is typically thought of as an unreasoned or prejudicial perspective or judgement. Some biases are innocent, but most often bias is used to describe a situation where we oppose someone, some group, some belief, or something unfairly because we allow personal opinions to influence our judgement. Biases can be innate or learned and popular examples include self-serving bias, status quo... Continue Reading

Four Pathways to Yes Conflict Resolution Procedure

Navigating conflict is one of those “comes with the territory” responsibilities of church leadership. Yet, most ministers I know, myself included, avoid conflict at all costs and only address conflict as a last resort and with great reluctance. Inevitably, failing to address the conflict early leads to even greater and unnecessary issues that eventually requires the leader’s diplomacy. As with... Continue Reading

When Is Self-Promotion Good And When Is It Bad?

In our last post we talked about Jesus’ path being one of humility rather than that of the ego driven self-promotion that is so prevalent today. Admittedly, I have struggled with the issue of humility and self-promotion, especially as I have wrestled with how to tell others about my coaching and consulting practice and my religious art. Make no mistake,... Continue Reading

Our Way Is Upward – God’s Way Is Downward

God hates pride, and He opposes proud people—but He loves humility, and He blesses humble people. So turn away from pride and learn humility! Luke 14:11 We see self-promotion everywhere–on social media platforms, podcasts, magazines, billboards and in conversations. Self-promotion, self-flattery, self-glorification, self-importance, and self-praise is attempting to present yourself to others as an accomplished, talented, smart, and skilled person.... Continue Reading

God’s Two Books

Evidence strongly suggests that God has given us two inspired books from which to learn His ways: the Bible, and Nature. Tradition, personal experience, as well as two Scriptures back up this belief: 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world... Continue Reading

Three Levels of Christian Social Ministry and Social Justice

Several readers have remarked how my blog on Social Ministry and Social Justice was helpful to their understanding and application of these two prevailing expressions of church ministry. In this article I want, with the help of a metaphor from Richard Rohr, to further unpack the subtleties of social ministry and social justice. In my experience there are at least... Continue Reading

How The Friedman Doctrine Radically Changed Our Nation And Our Churches Part 2

In our last post we detailed the impact of the “Friedman Doctrine” on America’s economy and business philosophies and values. We argued that its singular focus on profits forever changed America. In this article we will speculate how embracing Friedman’s ideas filtered down and impacted the local church. Admittedly, there are many factors that influenced the value shifts we’ve seen... Continue Reading

How The Friedman Doctrine Radically Changed Our Nation And Our Churches Part 1

On Sept. 13, 1970, the New York Times published the “essay heard round the world.” In his manifesto, economist Milton Friedman argued that corporations have one – and only one – obligation: maximizing profits for shareholders. Friedman’s “doctrine”, also referred to as the Shareholder Theory, became arguably the most consequential economic idea of the 20th century and, unarguably, changed America forever. Its singular focus on profits became... Continue Reading

January 6, 2021 In The Rearview Mirror – How Should The Church Respond?

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 many of us watched in unbelief as gun-toting United States citizens donned helmets and assaulted the Capitol and threatened the lives of members of Congress, the police, and the press. Immediately the finger pointing began…..at the other side, at Trump, at politicians and political parties, at lies, at unfounded conspiracies. Such finger-pointing and scapegoating is... Continue Reading