Courageous institutional leaders work to hire and develop the next generation of leaders — even knowing that those leaders likely will leave to work somewhere else, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership.   By Victoria Atkinson White I recently congratulated a well-respected leader for hiring and developing a particularly stellar young leader. “Your employee is clearly bright and capable,” I said to the senior leader. “What do you… Read more

 By David Spickard, originally published in August 2016. Jameel McGee was walking out of a store in Benton Harbor, Michigan after he had just picked up a few items on his way to meet his newborn son for the first time. Andrew Collins was a young Benton Harbor police officer looking to make an arrest.  He saw Jameel and confronted him.  Jameel looked like someone the police were trying to find for possessing and dealing drugs. Sure enough, Andrew arrested… Read more

By Michael Coyner I recently applied for a “Global Re-entry” status with TSA. This means that when I fly within the United States my status will always give me a pre-check TSA ticket which reduces the waiting time in security lines. That status also means a shortened process for re-entering the US when I travel beyond this country, including less waiting in the customs process. Both seemed like good ideas, so I completed my application, paid my fee, and waited… Read more

Both authenticity and connection are essential elements of a vital faith community, and should be at the core of a church’s vision and mission Read more

Following Jesus is an all-day, every-day journey of discovery. Every day. All day long. Read more

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. “God has given you one face and you make yourself another” – William Shakespeare I like this simple definition of authenticity from Webster’s Dictionary. “[Authenticity is] being true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.” I’ve been thinking about business fads of late. We human beings do seem to have a lemming-like tendency to run with the crowd. We are social creatures. It’s comforting to be part… Read more

More good stuff from the Faith and Work Collective this week: ideas from United Methodist pastor Chris Howlett for a sermon series on Biblical perspectives about everyday work. Especially helpful for preachers like me who are having trouble thinking about how to speak about this to parishioners. (Even though I work for a faith and work website, I realize how little about work makes it into my sermons.) I was once at an empowering laity for ministry seminar at a… Read more

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Author Clare Boothe Luce once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Simplicity is one of the greatest and most elusive virtues I am constantly seeking as an entrepreneur, salesman and human being.  It is a skill I constantly look to improve on. How do you speak and write with greater and greater succinctness and clarity, while making a precise, eloquent expression of your value and your brand?… Read more

I’ve never met Morgan Guyton. The closest I’ve come is that he spent a couple hours in my friend Brandon Harnish’s living room while on a book tour.  However, I love his blog, Mercy Not Sacrifice, and I’ve enjoyed interacting with him on Facebook. Somehow the fact that my husband and I knew him on Facebook got us a free book this past spring, which my husband has been much more timely in reviewing than I have, here and here…. Read more

By Mike Coyner Our United Methodist mission statement has a second sentence. Most people seem to know the first sentence: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Many people do not know that there is a second sentence to that mission statement which says: “Local congregations provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.” Not all disciples are made through local congregations, but all disciples eventually must be linked to a local congregation. There was… Read more

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