Category Archives: Books

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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Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow

I just finished Anne Lamott’s new little book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (full disclosure: I got it from the library).  Just over 100 pages, it’s a wonderful book for those who pray all the time and those …

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