Pittsburgh pastors seeking the common good

By Terry Timm This spring I began serving as one of the Pittsburgh regional coordinators for Made to Flourish. While my co-conspirator, Jay Slocum and I have been involved in a variety of start-up activities, one of my deep joys is bringing together local church pastors around the table to share the Made to Flourish [Read More...]

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Looking forward to Laity Day

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We reprint this post from Mike Coyner, whom you’ve read on this blog often, not because you all are lay United Methodists in Northern Indiana (we know better!) but as an example of a church leader fruitfully encouraging the ministry of the laity. Go thou and do likewise!–Editors On Saturday, October 17th at Castleton UMC, [Read More...]

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10 ideas for leadership development on a shoestring

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By Laura E. Everett How do you develop leaders in your organization without funding? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches offers 10 ideas for leadership development on a shoestring.This reflection is part of a series on leadership development and is reprinted from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of [Read More...]

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Every task, however simple, sets the soul that does it free

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I knew Henry van Dyke wrote The Other Wise Man, but until we sang it at my church, I didn’t know he wrote this hymn, suitable for Labor Day: 1. Jesus, Thou divine companion, By Thy lowly human birth Thou hast come to join the workers, Burden bearers of the earth. Thou, the carpenter of Nazareth, [Read More...]

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Why it’s important to take the RIGHT kind of action

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Business books urge leaders to act, but sometimes it’s more important to follow Jesus’ lead and discern the right kind of action, writes a professor of leadership and ministry. This was first published in Faith & Leadership. By L. Roger Owens I mentioned in a sermon that I’m not good at getting things started — [Read More...]

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