Leading as an introvert

After years of trying to force himself to be an extrovert, a pastor discovers that being a Christian leader begins with accepting who you are. Even if you are introverted, shy and out of touch with popular culture, you are God’s beloved. Originally published at Faith & Leadership. By Roger Owens I’d been invited to [Read More…]

My 20/20 Predictions, Part 2

By Mike Coyner My last E-pistle shared my predictions for what things will be like in the United States and in The United Methodist Church in the year 2020. Some of you have responded that you thought my predictions were pretty pessimistic, and I suppose that is true. So let me continue this process by [Read More…]

My 20/20 Predictions, Part 1

By Mike Coyner Hindsight is always 20/20 they say, but I want to try my hand at some foresight for the year 2020. I am choosing that year because it is beyond my own tenure as bishop, and because we all hope for 20/20 vision. Here is what I anticipate our world will be like [Read More…]

People want to know how their work matters

Many leaders think they don’t have the time to help others understand their work within the larger mission of an organization. But they do, and they should, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. This post first appeared at Faith and Leadership.   By Nathan Kirkpatrick In many of the developmental programs at [Read More…]

Jesus did not command us to agree with one another; Jesus commanded us to love one another

By Mike Coyner Sometimes you hear something, and you just want to say “A-ha!” I felt way that recently when I was a part of conversation with some of my judicatory colleagues here in Indiana. I heard Episcopal Bishop Cate Waynick say, “Jesus did not command us to agree with each other, Jesus commanded us [Read More…]

Helping and Not Hurting

Spiritual maturity as leaders requires us to know how to help just enough not to be hurtful, and we also need to know how to lead just enough not to take leadership away from others. [Read more…]