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Native American Proverbs That Sound A Lot Like Scripture

If you want to know a people, the saying goes, know their proverbs. Proverbs are the time-honored and tested truths that reflect the wisdom and experience of a culture. Nowhere is that more true than in the simple and profound eloquence of the Native American tribal cultures. The wisdom from these cultures often bears a striking resemblance to Holy Scripture,... Continue Reading

Top 10 Most Popular Posts From 2020

Below are links to the Top 10 most popular Sacred Structures blog posts in 2020. Happy New Year! Two Key Ingredients In Leading Church Change The Story Behind The Jesus Prayer The Spiritual Practice Of Prompted Prayers How To Disagree Without Being Disagreeable The One Question Test To Identify A Micromanager Pastor How Do You Discern God’s Will? Understanding The... Continue Reading

6 Free Resources For Minister Soul Care

It has been said that “as the leader goes, so goes the organization.” More importantly, in the church “as the soul of the leader goes, so goes the leader and the church.” The greatest need of the hour for today’s minister may very well be a more intentional approach to their own soul care, to paying attention to their “inner spiritual... Continue Reading

12 Free Resources For Church Vision And Strategic Planning

Today there are many definitions for vision and strategic planning but for the purpose of church based planning the definition I prefer is: “The process of determining the visionary direction of the church or ministry and then breaking down that overall direction into broad objectives, that are then divided into smaller measurable goals and ultimately to specific tactics.” And, just as there are... Continue Reading

7 Free Resources for Ministry Decision Making

Ministers are regularly required to make difficult and far reaching decisions. In fact, developing the ability to make wise decisions is foundational to effective church leadership. And, having a grasp of the various basis for decision making helps ministers make wiser decisions. Understanding the various tools for decision making found in these free resources will help you make better decisions. The... Continue Reading

10 Free Resources For Church Staff Interviewing and Hiring

Effective church staff interviewers and hirers aren’t successful just because they are a “good judge of character.” They know how to conduct an interview that asks the right questions and how to identify attributes essential for success in a given position. By following the suggestions in these free resources, your comfort and skill as an interviewer and hirer of church staff will... Continue Reading

21 Free Resources For Church Staff Supervision

With change permeating the church, evolving work environments, and the needs of next generation employees, maximizing the performance of church staff through effective supervision is more important than ever – for both employee satisfaction and church effectiveness. Unfortunately, Gallup Surveys indicate just one in five employees strongly agree their performance is managed by their supervisor in a way that motivates... Continue Reading

Erich Fromm’s Six Rules Of Listening Every Minister Should Know

In his book, The Art of Listening, influential philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) details the techniques, dynamics, and mindsets that make for an optimal listening relationship, in therapy and in life. “Listening,” Fromm argues “is an art like the understanding of poetry” and, like any art, has its own rules and norms. Drawing on his half-century practice as a therapist,... Continue Reading

10 Ways To Live Restoratively

I believe the intent of Reconciliation as taught in the Christian Church is to be restorative —returning the individual to God, and if necessary, to a right relationship to their community, their world, and to their truest and best selves. “Confessing” what we have done wrong is an important first step, but true repair and restoration take much more than... Continue Reading

What Is True Self-False Self?

Only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our fears and face our own true nature. As we come to realize that it is not we who live, but Christ who lives in us, that he is our true self, we can begin to experience freedom as children of God–Henri Nouwen Every one of us is shadowed... Continue Reading

The Prospect Theory And Why It Is Important In Leading Church Change

How do members actually think about major changes in the church? The “prospect theory” from behavioral economics can provide some insights. The prospect theory argues that most individuals do not weigh decisions objectively, rather, they are influenced by whether they think they have something to gain or something to lose. For instance, in a classic experiment researchers asked one group... Continue Reading

Two Key Ingredients In Leading Church Change

I’ve always found it ironic that the church is so resistant to change. The first words out of Jesus’ mouth when he began his public ministry was “repent,” “be transformed,” or “change” (Matthew 4:17). Further, the Christ story is an archetype for how God is changing all things through the pattern of life, death, and new life. Jesus went on... Continue Reading