The Times Really Are A-Changin

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Who knew Bob Dylan would be the sage of such great wisdom? Listen to the words from his famous song, The Times They Are A-changin (1964): “As the present nowWill later be pastThe order is rapidly fadin'And the first one nowWill later be lastFor the times they are...

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Active Engagement – A Leadership Priority

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I was reading the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week when I came across this article, Lutherans work to shed stuffy image and kick-start change. Intrigued by the title I read on. Here are some of the interesting facts & comments that caught my attention: “37 percent of the...

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Church Meeting that Work - Part III

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This week we review a critical skill, that if used by all attendees, will significantly improve our desired meeting outcomes. That skill is Active Listening. In an article titled The Big 6: An Active Listening Skill Set from The Center for Creative Leadership, Michael Hoppe...

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Church Meetings that Work - Part II

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In our June 8 blog posting, Church Meetings that Work - Part I, we explored multiple best practices that can make your church staff and leadership meetings more effective. The blog outlined several meeting practices reviewed by Ann Michels in her article, 7 Strategies to Master Meetings. This...

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Church Meetings that Work – Part I

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Churches have gained a reputation for boring, lengthy, and ineffective meetings. When I ask church staff or leaders how they feel about their church meetings, I frequently get a negative response. And yet I believe that meetings are vital to effective outcomes of our church ministries. Because...

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Don’t Look Now – Generation Z is Coming!

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It was a fine day for researching church topics when suddenly I came across this article, Forget millennials. How will churches reach Generation Z?. Are you starting to feel generationally challenged like I am? As a Baby Boomer, I was just beginning to understand the generational differences...

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The Ministry of Interruptions

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During my formative days in church ministry, a wonderfully wise mentor introduced me to the concept of The Ministry of Interruptions. At first I thought he was kidding me. I had come from a previous career as an industrial engineer. Four years studying for my B.S in Industrial Engineering and...

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A Pay Attention Moment

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During this week’s research, my  “pay attention moment” from the Spirit came while I was reading an interesting article on 6 Ways to Turn Your Church Inside-Out. Pay attention moments are those times when your brain halts your current activity (like reading), and says you...

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Pope Francis' powerful TED talk

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Guess who showed up (by video) at TED 2017? His Holiness Pope Francis! TED talks are known worldwide for the quality of both the speaker and the subject matter they share. Pope Francis delivered a powerful message for all of us through his talk: Why The Only Future Worth Building Includes...

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Loving Jesus but not the Church?

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Each week I read a broad array of articles, blogs, e-newsletters and books from diverse sources interested in the future of our churches. Topics usually coalesce a few days or even weeks before I actually write a summary of the attached articles or books for the weekly update. This week’s...

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