Might: Organizational, personal and positional influence sources are appropriately used to make decisions and influence people

The Six Pathways to Personhood Awareness and Understanding

Personhood is defined as the state or act of having human characteristics and emotions. Personhood awareness and understanding involves insights into why one functions and relates as he/she does and how personhood impacts their behavior and relationships. Personhood issues have to do with one’s self-perception, personal identity, character, personality, emotions, fears, insecurities, compulsions, drives, gifts, talents, strengths, weaknesses and relationship... Continue Reading

Loving Union and Communion with God Assessment

We are called to ministry out of our love for Jesus. Yet, almost immediately the activity of our lives (“doing” for Jesus) begins to eclipse the contemplative dimension of our lives (“being” with Jesus). Soon we are engaged in more activity for God than our being with God can sustain. Our prioritization of doing for God over being with God... Continue Reading

100 Soul Care Questions for Ministers

  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 life.” The minister’s inner person must be constantly renewed and without regular introspection and self-examination minister’s run the risk of a fruitless ministry or “sudden failure.” The good tree, Jesus... Continue Reading

Assessing Spiritual and Organizational Church Leadership

Understandably, the minister’s education and training focuses for the most part on developing biblical knowledge and spiritual leadership skills and attributes. Yet, within weeks, if not days, of arriving at their first job in the local church the gospel minister learns they need another set of leadership skills and attributes……those of an organizational leader. In Acts 6 we see this... Continue Reading

Pope Francis Lists 15 Sicknesses of the Church

In a December 19th post Rev. Bosco Peters reported Pope Francis received the senior officials of the departments of the Roman Curia on Monday, December 22, in their traditional exchange of Christmas greetings. In his address, Pope Francis listed 15 ailments that are temptations of both Clergy and Church. Peters quotes Pope Francis as saying, “It is good to think... Continue Reading

Empowerment As An Agent of Change

Empowerment is a commonly used buzzword. Everyone is for it but find it difficult to achieve. In his thought provoking book, Deep Change, Robert Quinn defines two opposite orientations to empowerment in most organizations. Mechanistic – Starts at the top and involves clarity, delegation, control and accountability Organic – Starts with the individual and involves initiative, risk, growth and teamwork... Continue Reading

The Minister’s 20 Question Spiritual Health Assessment

One of the most challenging yet essential responsibilities of ministers is to monitor their spiritual health. I have found this assessment developed by my good friend and mentor Keith Meyer, author of “Whole Life Transformation…….Becoming the Change Your Church Needs,” can help discern the status of your gauges by answering each question with a green (consistently), yellow (frequently), orange (infrequently), or red (seldom... Continue Reading

Being and Doing: The Paradox Every Believer Must Embrace

As you depart many churches today there are signs indicating “You are Now Entering the Mission Field.” The signs are there to remind attenders that missions is not just overseas but also where they live, work and play. At the gate to Christ in the Desert Monastery in Northern New Mexico there is a hand crafted metal sculpture that reads simply... Continue Reading