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Dealing with Toxic Staff

October 25, 2012 12:13 PM

I slumped on the bench in my church’s main hallway. The footsteps and voices all around me receded as I let the words that had just come to mind sink deep: “For just as each of us has one body...

Managing Conflict in a Church Setting

June 5, 2012 10:25 AM

Some of Jesus’ best known words promise, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Most of us prefer to focus on the second part of...

5 Types of Critics in Your Church

February 29, 2012 12:17 PM

No matter how far up the ladder of ministry you climb, you will always find those eager to analyze and judge your work. So how do you respond? Maybe whenever you see one of your critics coming, your palms begin...

Do You See What I See?

September 7, 2011 3:13 PM

My favorite Christmas song growing up was “Do You Hear What I Hear?” With each verse, the anticipation grows: Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Do you know what I know? Listen to what...

Trouble with Authority

July 20, 2011 4:55 PM

It didn’t take long to face opposition once I started a career in ministry. Of course, I had a lot of strikes against me from the start. First of all, I was young, fresh out of college, and in my...

Leading Through Downsizing

May 29, 2009 10:43 AM

I’m an old pro at downsizing. It’s true. While the rest of the world has watched recent events with anxiety at the possibility of losing their job, I’m quite familiar with this life of uncertainty. A veteran of the textile...

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