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Leading with Creative Courage: A Workshop in Oak Ridge Tennessee (with music)

I’ll be in Oak Ridge, Tennessee February 20-22 for a Leading with Creative Courage workshop, together with my colleague Jake Morrill. (See Jake’s recent guest post on this blog on what he believes about ministry here. The workshop will help …

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Seven tips to enjoy ministry in August

Here are seven tips to enjoy these last weeks before the fall ministry deluge. Take your vacation. If you’ve had your vacation, do something small but vacation-like every week (or every day!). Do something every week to plan for 2013-2014. …

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Leading without pressuring others to change

“This was all about changing without seeming to change. It’s about steadily and insistently improving without seeming to exert pressure or anxiety to do so.” I wrote recently about Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, by Stacy Horn. This …

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What is enough prayer for church leaders?

In my recent (fabulous) interview with Ed Bacon, he talked about his hour of quiet time first thing every morning. I must admit my first thought was, “Oh, no! I’m not praying enough.” I spend about 5-10 minutes in quiet …

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Church and a visit to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

(photo copyright Sage Ross) Friday, after completing some work in Chicago, I was able to visit the Shedd Aquarium with my daughter, both of us for the first time. I was struck by several things which might have something to …

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Is Pastoral Ministry Like Taking a Test?

This week following the Leadership in Ministry workshop, I visited my friend and colleague, Meg Hess.  Her daughter, Keziah, has on the refrigerator a list of “Test Taking Tips” left over from elementary school.  I love tips, and I thought …

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A life-changing workshop in Portland

Falling Awake: Creating the Life of Your Dreams is one of the most significant workshops I’ve ever attended (and I’ve been to many). Dave Ellis, the leader of that workshop, is coming back to Portland, Oregon, July 20-22. He has …

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What I learned from my father about ministry

I wrote an article after my mother died about what I’d learned from her that had benefited me in my ministry. My father turned 90 on Sunday, and I decided I’d like to think about this before he dies (though …

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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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Having Fun Is Not a Waste of Time for Church Leaders: Reflection on 40 Days of Fun

For Lent this year I engaged in the practice of doing something fun every day. After starting the year with both kinds of flu and about six weeks of not feeling great, giving something up was the last thing I …

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