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My Mom Died Last Week

My Mom Died Last Week My mom’s name was Eva. Her twin sister, who died on their birthday a few years back, was Esther. I try to imagine what my grandparents, Harry and Gertrude, were thinking about when they named their newborn twins for the mother of all humans (Eve) and the great savior of her people (Esther). The girls …

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What You Ought to Know about Becoming a Church Leader

What You Ought to Know about Becoming a Church Leader There was a saying, often repeated in the farming community of my youth, that structured the perceived values of work life simply and decisively: If you can’t farm, you can always teach; if you can’t teach, you can always preach; if you can’t preach, you can always teach preachers! When …

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10 Influential Church Leaders To Follow on Social Media

Social Media —in all it’s forms— continues to be a prolific part of our digitally connected lives. For Church Leaders, the ever growing stream that is social media continues to inform, inspire, and connect us all. However, finding the most influential voices within the vast array of updates, tweets, and snaps can be a challenge! Indeed, the platforms we use …

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Four Reasons I Love Church Planting

Four Reasons I Love Church Planting Years after each of them went through the great pain of losing their spouses, a curmudgeonly widower and a feisty widow were coaxed toward marriage by well-meaning friends. The wedding was a simple family ceremony in his house, and required no rehearsal. So when the minister used a new form to lead the couple …

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The Worst Church Leadership Advice

The Worst Church Leadership Advice. A word about bad advice. Nobody wakes up wanting to give  — or even take —  terrible advice. Yet, everyone has certainly witnessed real conversations where incredibly poor advice is traded for a smile and a nod. Moreover, a lot of terrible advice is easy to spot. We know when we hear, “Do as I say, not …

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Five Examples of a Healthy Church

Five Examples of a Healthy Church The search for artificial intelligence continues. Will we be able to create machines that might actually think and learn, rather than simply compute? Can computers “feel” and “reason”? An early experiment that probed the wisdom of computers called for a then-revolutionary new room-sized mainframe to determine which wristwatch provided better service—one that lost a …

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The Top 5 Leadership Blogs You Should Be Reading

The Top 5 Leadership Blogs You Should Be Reading A cursory search for leadership provides just short of a million resources. Indeed, the very definition of leadership comes in at least thirty-plus flavors. How does one begin to navigate the vast world of voices, articles, and tweets on leadership? Moreover, who are those communities or people that are seeking beauty along the way? Who are …

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5 blemished Truths About The Church

5 blemished Truths About The Church While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, both husband and wife were urged to give testimonies to gathered family and friends. He said the usual thing: “The best two words I ever learned  were, ‘Yes, Dear!’” She was a little more profound.  “One of the things that has made our marriage last so long,” she …

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5 Things Leaders Do To Get Things Done

5 Things Leaders Do To Get Things Done Bob was great at talking, but not so much at doing. He could wax eloquent about his vision for projects (e.g., setting up missional communities, creating a prayer chapel, and starting a men’s ministry), but it was mostly talk. It turns out that many church leaders are better at vision casting than …

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Deeply Satisfied-Andy Bossardet

“Deeply Satisfied” Andy wrote on Facebook: “I am deeply satisfied and filled with profound hope for their churches and the Church.” These are the words of Rev. Andy Bossardet, who recently finished teaching a CLC distance learning course. Class members were from Michigan (Charlevoix, Lansing, Wyoming), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Wisconsin (Sheboygan), and Iowa (Spencer). His full Facebook entry reads, …