Category Archives: Books

Healing Spiritual Wounds: a great resource for pastoral ministry

Do you have people in your congregation who have been wounded by the church? Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, author of Healing Spiritual Wounds, knows the territory of church intimately. She knows both the pain and the gift of it. Merritt …

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What are you reading?

I’m curious…what do you read? Aside from articles on your phone and the occasional magazine in a waiting room, what do you pick and spend some time reading? In addition to the Bible, I’ve read plenty of wonderful ministry books …

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Book suggestions for Christmas giving

If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, here are a few book recommendations. Books are my favorite gifts to give. For your favorite cook, clergy spouse or pastor’s kid (the young adult variety) Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters, …

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Here’s a little-known way to improve your leadership at church

To improve your leadership at church: focus on what you can control, not what you can’t. Most church leaders spend a lot of time and energy trying to do the impossible: change others and control the future. Here’s a better …

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Do you need help with money at church? My book Money and Your Ministry is out!

I’m delighted to say that my book Money and Your Ministry out this week! Remember: money does not have to be the hardest thing you do at church Money and Your Ministry is now available from Amazon in print and for Kindle   …

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How to use social media like St. Benedict

How much time do you spend on social media? Engaging with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, etc., etc., whether for ministry or personal purposes can be: fun, infuriating, overwhelming, inspiring. You laugh at a funny picture, are touched by a …

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What books help you spiritually with your leadership?

I’m a fast reader and tend to swallow books whole. But I like to have one book on spiritual matters which I read slowly, a few pages a day, at the end of my prayer time each morning. Here are …

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What do you dream of for your church and your ministry?

I’m reading a book called Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, by Stacy Horn. Yesterday I read Horn’s account of the story of Frank Damrosch, the son of a famous conductor, who started “People’s Singing Classes” in 1892, because …

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8 Habits for Leaders: A Leadership Adventure Teleconference with Ed Bacon

Please join me this Thursday, April 25, at 9 Pacific/10 Mountain/11 Central/noon Eastern Time, for a one hour conference call conversation on leadership with Ed Bacon. Bacon is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, and we will talk …

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Finding Ministry Help in the Novels of Susan Howatch

Do you want an opportunity to reflect on your ministry while entertaining yourself? During a recent bout with both kinds of flu, I amused myself by re-reading Susan Howatch’s Church of England series of novels. These books are far more …

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