Month: August 2011

Who’s On Your Side?

When I first stepped into the pastoral role of a aging, struggling congregation, I wasn’t sure what to believe would be most important. In the years since, that answer has become quite clear–building the right team. I look back now and see how fortunate I was to have people who believed in me come alongside

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Watch Your Language

Okay, sorry for the somewhat provocative title, but communicating effectively in today’s world requires some intentionality. Like many, I grew up in church, the product of a deacon’s family and the idea that if the church lights were on, we should be inside. I know church–at least the version I grew up with. I’m a

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Getting on the Same Page

Honestly, vision is a word that is overused. For many, the mere mention of the “v” word causes the eyes to glaze over as the reader imagines another round of motivational speeches that amount to very little for the organization. Vision books and seminars are everywhere, and many already have cool phrases on their walls

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Understanding Vision

What is vision? In today’s climate, the word is used in so many different ways one can find it frustrating to wade through all the definitions. So even my title might cause you to raise an eyebrow in suspicion. For this moment, let’s define vision as the central focus of your church. What is it

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