The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, The Rev. Dr. Jensen, The Rev. Dr. John Yates, III, Dr. Ashley Null, and Bishop Ben Kwashi–these are the modern-day Anglican scholars and bishops that are teaming together to write a 6-volume work on Reformation Anglicanism. The first edition is out (The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, Volume 1). And it is great!

An Interview with an Editor

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By |2020-07-07T16:06:46-05:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Two Rectors Past and Present

Christ Church

March marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the transition process at Christ Church. I remember it well.  I had asked the Vestry 9 months earlier to begin a search process for a new Rector. I was so thankful for their diligence and care throughout the process. Fran and I were very excited to see the process narrow […]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:53-06:00March 28th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

WATCH: Part 2 – A Call to Plant a Church

A week ago I added a blog post featuring Shawn McCain and his church plant in Austin. He spoke about the vision he has for RezAustin and what it is like to work in a start-up church plant. As I mentioned in the post, Shawn is a great thinker. He is also, humble and clear in his views.

Part 2:

Don’t Give Up on Lent (Read this Great Book First)

For some, Lent still conjures only thoughts of Mardi Gras or cutting chocolate from your diet.

But many American evangelicals are discovering (or, in some cases, re-discovering) Lent. Many are entering into this time with some hesitations and questions. It creates a challenge for church leaders who are trying to teach the meaning […]

By |2019-02-19T22:00:09-06:00January 19th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Launching LeaderWorks!

I am so thankful that I am able, through LeaderWorks, to take over 3 decades worth of parish leadership experience, a few bits hard-won wisdom, and few more wounds, and share them with other churches and leaders. These first months have been a joy. LeaderWorks is up and running and I am thankful to have your support and prayers.

By |2019-01-10T16:54:42-06:00December 26th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Should you Write an Appeal Letter

It is starting to happen on most afternoons now. I innocently walk to my mailbox hoping for a few letters or a favorite magazine.  I open the mailbox door, and it all starts to overflow into my arms and onto the street. Catalogs. More catalogs. Credit card offers. Direct mail solicitations. And of course, daily appeals for money and support […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:07-06:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Voting like a Serpent, Living like a Dove

A few thoughts about the election and the solemn duty we have as citizens of our country.

  1. Vote:
    Voting (as we know it) is not mandated or commanded in the Bible. However, we are called to ‘render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God, the things that are God’s.’ (Mark 12:17)  This is a remarkable […]
By |2019-01-10T16:55:09-06:00November 7th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How Some Leaders Lead Through This Election

Posted at LeaderWorks
In the United States, we are enduring one of the longest (it seems) and mean-spirited (it is sure) election seasons imaginable. Politics is on everyone’s mind.  I listened to a news story about a Dallas firm that had asked its employees to NOT discuss politics anymore around the ‘water cooler’. They were not trying to […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:13-06:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

How Church Leaders Lead in Election Year Tensions

In the United States, we are enduring one of the longest (it seems) and mean-spirited (it is sure) election seasons imaginable. Politics is on everyone’s mind.  I listened to a news story about a Dallas firm that had asked its employees to NOT discuss politics anymore around the ‘water cooler’. They were not trying to infringe on freedom of speech; […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:14-06:00October 27th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Counter-Cultural Leadership

Counter-Cultural Leadership

Leadership in the world Jesus was born into developed from the ideas of a Roman Republic into the ideas of a Roman Empire that included an emperor with an increasing absolute rule, and authoritarianism. Rome was often known for its strong military might which was a systemic outflow and a characteristic of the entire culture. Jockeying for position and […]

By |2019-01-08T17:30:57-06:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Guest Blog: BREAKING BAD: HOW GAINING POWER CAN MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL

Thanks to my friend and colleague, The Rev. Dr. Tony Baron, for this insightful and sobering article.

BREAKING BAD: HOW GAINING POWER CAN MAKE YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL
by Tony Baron, Psy.D., D.Min., Director

Breaking Bad, is a universally acclaimed award-winning drama built on chemistry, cancer, and crime. It’s also the story of the erosion of a man’s […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:17-06:00October 12th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Prayer for Race and our Communities

Foley Beach, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America has called us to prayer over the racial tensions in our communities.

He includes these wise observations: “the events in Tulsa and Charlotte continue to foster and deepen fear, mistrust, anxiety, and a simmering frustration in our cities here in the States.  African-Americans are becoming more and more fearful of […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:23-06:00September 25th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Why Common Sense Fails Us in Leading a Church or Church Plant

Someone is starting a church plant, but has no special training, experience or study in church planting. They’re planning to just gather a group for prayer and worship, and see what happens. Often that’s exactly what they’ve been told to do.

These are priests who have been trained in the Bible, theology, preaching, pastoral ministry –but not church planting. They are trusting […]

By |2019-01-08T17:31:07-06:00August 16th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The “Mere Church”

Three decades ago, church planting was hailed as the single most effective form of evangelism. The expert in this field was Dr. C. Peter Wagner of Fuller.  His statement is legendary: “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” 

There are LOTS of other evangelistic methods for reaching non-believing people: outreach programs, visitation campaign, public […]

By |2019-03-08T15:00:35-06:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

You Might Be A Church Planter If…

(From the author’s blog at LeaderWorks)

A seminarian wrote me about a possible call from God to plant a church. He was excited to ask about his potential…what it would take and how he should prepare to undertake the task. He asked, “How could I know if I am a church planter?”

I could not help thinking about how Jeff Foxworthy might handle this moment…

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St. Archimedes and your Church

[dropcap color=”#333399″]I[/dropcap] was in third grade (I think) when I first learned about the Archimedes principle. I was enthralled. You remember the Greek philosopher and mathematician. He’s the one who said, “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world!”  What a powerful statement. What a compelling vision! Archimedes never went to a […]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:58-06:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Want Your Church to Grow?

So you want your church to grow, do you? 

Listen, I get it, every pastor wants their church to grow. And it’s not just selfish ambition, although there will always be some of that. On our best days, we know the hard work we put into preaching and pastoral care, in equipping our people to serve in […]

By |2019-01-08T17:29:08-06:00February 16th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments