Everybody Needs a Caregiver

Not surprisingly, when Gallup polled Americans and asked them to think about the best teacher they ever had, the most common word they used to describe them was “caring.” What students need at their core is caring. As a wise teacher once said, “at the end of the day, they won’t remember all we taught them, but they will remember... Continue Reading

Spiritual Practice: Peace Be Still

“Storm on the Sea” As a spiritual practice, read Mark 4:35-41. Place yourself in the boat with the disciples, becoming one of them as you read. Look at the picture icon of Storm on the Sea. This icon illustrates the peaceful space in Jesus. Icons are “prayer helps” that have been used in the church for centuries. They are not... Continue Reading

Spiritual Practice: Paying Attention To Your Breath

Meditation, yoga, and other stress-reducing therapies teach that slowing down and focusing on the timing and pace of our breath can have positive effects on our body and mind. A recent study in the Journal of Neurophysiology may support this, revealing that brain regions linked to emotion, attention, and body awareness are activated when we pay attention to our breath. This study... Continue Reading

The Spiritual Practice Of Prompted Prayers

Like most people of faith, over the years I have practiced various forms of prayer and have settled in on a few that are the most meaningful. One of those I call “prompted prayers.” I refer to them as prompted prayers because they are prayers that are brought to mind by some cue, usually something visual. For centuries, those of... Continue Reading

Spiritual Practice: Be Still And Know

January is a great time to consider our spiritual growth plan for the coming year. In the coming weeks I will share several spiritual practices you may wish to add to your daily spiritual regimen. I define a spiritual practice as “a regular rendezvous with God with no other agenda than to know and experience His presence and love.” A... Continue Reading

Top 10 Free Resources In 2019

Below are links to the Top 10 Free Resources in 2019. To view all 75 Sacred Structures Free Resources click HERE. Happy New Year! Church Or Ministry SWOT Analysis Worksheet  New Ministry Proposal Template  Measure What Matters – 100 Meaningful Church Metrics  Ministerial Staff Annual Evaluation Template  Administrative Staff Annual Evaluation Template  Church Staff Annual Goal Template  25 Questions Every... Continue Reading

Top 10 Posts In 2019

Below are links to the Top 10 most popular Sacred Structures posts in 2019. Check in next week for the Top 10 Free Resources in 2019. Merry Christmas!  Can You Recognize Narcissism When You See It?  How Can Church Leaders Remain Accountable?  Church Leader, Your Congregation Expects You To Make These Decisions  Focus On The Future: How To Foster Staff... Continue Reading

Learning How To Be More Open Minded

In the article What Does It Mean To Be Open Minded? we examined the definition and characteristics of open-mindedness. In this article we take a look at the benefits and steps you can take to become more open-minded. First, what are some of the benefits of being more open-minded? Gaining Insight: Challenging your existing beliefs and considering how new ideas... Continue Reading

What Does It Mean To Be Open Minded?

As my wife and I have aged, we have consistently observed that as people grow older they either become more open or more closed, more flexible or more rigid, looser or tighter, broader or narrower. Simply put, people continue to learn, grow, and cultivate new experiences or they become stuck or even regress. We have also observed that our culture... Continue Reading

What Would It Look Like If The Church Was Christian?

In these urgent times, the Christian Church cannot keep avoiding what Jesus actually emphasized and mandated. Practical, practice-based Christianity can no longer be ignored by Christians who were never told Christianity was anything more than a denominational belonging or belief system. The stakes are too great. “It is the very love of Christ that now compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14).... Continue Reading

The End Run Game

Every leader has experienced it….the end run game. One of their direct reports takes them out of the loop and heads straight to the next level leader or peer. From experience as a Church Executive Pastor I can tell you this is a regular occurrence in churches, and a real organizational challenge to navigate. In football, an end run is... Continue Reading