Looking forward to Laity Day

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

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

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

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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Is the Sunday to Monday gap more perilous than we thought?

By Tom Nelson “If there is a mist in the pulpit there is a fog in the pew.”  I heard those words more than once in my seminary homiletics class when my professor wanted to drive home the high importance of sermon clarity. What I didn’t hear my professor talk about was what happens if [Read More…]

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One of the most strategic things pastors can do

Faith, work, and economics integration is one of the most strategic things you can invest in as a pastor. We all spend more waking hours at work than in any other single activity, so to put that off to the side is beyond unstrategic; it seems like almost a dereliction of duty as pastors. That’s [Read More…]

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