Church Leadership

Working Ourselves to Death

Someone I went to seminary with passed away recently, and I found it interesting that colleagues and members of his churches fondly and appreciatively noted that “he was so dedicated.  He must have worked 80 hours a week, at least!”  Many people made mention of his Herculean work style, often […]

Church Is Easy, People Are Hard

“My people won’t let me take a day off,” confessed a colleague. “What do you mean “won’t let you?” I asked. “I mean that they call me and they hunt me down.  They will not leave me alone.” “Well, what are you doing about it?  How are you defining and […]

Lying for the Greater Good

Okay, I know I am sounding like a broken record, but no other subject has garnered the kind of response this one has.  The subject of truth-telling in leadership is volatile.  As I have said before, what is most amazing to me is how strongly some pastors and lay people […]

To, For, or With

I listened to a sermon on restorative justice — one of my passions.  I am generally an easy audience for justice messages, but this particular one kept jarring me.  The preacher hammered on the need for us to be in ministry to both victims and victimizers, to the incarcerated, to […]

Listening to Teach, Speaking to Learn

Deeply etched in an archway in Myrtos-Pyrgos is the Minoan phrase, “Listen to teach, speak to learn.” This counterintuitive instruction echoes through the ages to challenge practices in contemporary Christian education and faith formation. In a culture where speech is valued over listening and where teachers are more highly revered […]

Daniel In the Liar’s Den

Okay.  I have written some controversial — even inflammatory — things on this blog, but I never thought that the idea that “pastor’s shouldn’t lie” would generate the kind of energy it has.  (Caught on the Ethical Horns of a Moral Dilemma) Many people are leaving comments, but I also […]

Christian Nerds Unite!

Until a few years ago, I hid a shameful secret.  I read comic books.  Oh, sure, when found out by others I would try to ennoble my guilty pleasure by calling them “graphic novels,” but the honest truth is I love immersing myself in the Marvel and DC universes whenever I […]