[New Series] How to get stuff done for pastors – 1

My first year on the senior staff team of a large church has been exhilarating and pretty challenging. One of the biggest challenges has been learning to coordinate ministry initiatives across the church. This coordination requires effective communication and often meetings form the starting point for that communication. In a given week I usually lead … Continue reading [New Series] How to get stuff done for pastors – 1

How to be a great team member

Most all of us work on a team or teams. I'm part of several--I'm on the senior staff team at the church, I'm on our church's session, I lead the discipleship staff team, and I resource several ministry teams across the adult discipleship area. My education didn't prepare me for effective collaboration, even in seminary. … Continue reading How to be a great team member

The unlived life

Everyone has dreams. Some abandon them. Others embrace them. Some try and fail. Others fail to try. Many find a new success in their failures. It wasn't the success they thought they'd experience. It was a peculiar success whose genesis lay in the failure of their first dream.

10 Evangelical Distinctives

I recently wrote a post asking whether--and if so, how--the Presbyterian Church (USA) is evangelical. This generated some interesting conversations about what the word evangelical really means. In light of these conversations, I thought it worth exploring the variety of perspectives on the evangelical movement.

Three lessons from Brené Brown at Leadership Summit

One of the highlights of last week's Global Leadership Summit was hearing Brené Brown speak. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and a TED Talk sensation since her 2010 talk went viral (more than 8 million views). That talk is embedded at the bottom of the page. Her research has focused on the interplay between vulnerability and empathy, encouraging people to experience "whole-hearted" living.