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Courage: two quotes

Here are a couple of quotes on courage I’ve been thinking about this week. They come from The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: Thirty Truths about Fear and Courage, by Gordon Livingston, M.D. “We are more often frightened than …

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Nine things I celebrate about the United States of America

It’s easy to look for things to bemoan. There are plenty. But today, on the 5th of July, I’m interested in thinking about some things to celebrate. Freedom of religion. Freedom of speech. Natural beauty. The vitality and hope of …

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Ten ways to help your ministry by connecting with family this summer

Ministry leadership depends on relationships, as I said in my last post. We all learn about relationships from the family we grow up in. You may have learned in your family: conflict is inevitable, or to be avoided at all …

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Nine ways to work on connecting with church members in the summertime

Leadership depends on relationships. Summer may be a bit less busy for ministry tasks and meetings. Why not take that time not only to plan for the fall but also to build relationships? Here are ten things to try: Show …

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Rev. Margaret Lewis, MBA, on practicing year-round church stewardship

Rev. Margaret Lewis, MBA, had great ideas for developing year-round stewardship in your church in my teleconference interview yesterday. Here are some of Maggie’s suggestions:   Look for ways to do stewardship year-round that don’t necessarily involve asking for money. …

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Talking about stewardship all year long: a Leadership Adventure teleconference with Rev. Margaret Lewis, MBA

Please join me next Tuesday, June 25, at 1 Pacific/2 Mountain/3 Central/4 Eastern Time, for a one hour conference call conversation on year-round stewardship with Rev. Margaret Lewis, M.Div., MBA. Maggie is executive director of the Center for Career Development …

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Talking about Church Stewardship All Year Long

What if churches engaged in a practice of year-round stewardship education and promotion? A little emphasis year round, rather than a  few weeks once a year can help people grow in faith as they relate to their resources—and help develop …

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Six ways to practice listening at church

In my last post, I wrote about six ways to practice defining yourself at church. But listening is equally important. Here are six ways to practice: In any conversation, listen as much as you talk. Don’t argue. Listen. Don’t defend …

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Six ways to practice defining yourself at church

Here’s what I think: I want… I’d like to… I’ll be leaving the meeting at 9:00. I don’t answer my cell on Monday. I’d love it if we could… What do you do when you need to say what you …

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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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