Contemplative Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty

We are living in some of the most challenging times the church has faced in recent decades. If truth be told, many leaders find themselves at a loss in times of crisis. One thing is for sure; we live in a different world than we did a few months ago, and things probably will never go back to the way [...]

By |2020-07-27T14:13:37-05:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments

7 Leadership Essentials for Navigating a Strange New World

We live in a strange world where things like pandemics and protests seem to be the new norm. Since March 2020, the world has radically changed and will continue to change in the coming days ahead. Andy Crouch, Kurt Keilhacker, and Dave Blanchard describe the effects of COVID-19 as an economic and cultural blizzard, winter, and the beginning of a [...]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:12-05:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments

4 Essential Elements of Missional Leadership

Leading a church through the changes required for missional living is seriously complex work. Many people, understandably, are fearful of the disruption taking place in our culture. With political and racial tensions reaching new heights in our communities, neighbors now see one another as enemies. Having any sort of conversation, let alone a faith conversation, puts people on edge. But [...]

By |2020-06-24T06:04:37-05:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , |1 Comment

How to Lead in Uncharted Territory: A Review of “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger came highly recommended. Last year, I received a copy of the book from Archbishop Foley Beach. He had read it and found it so helpful that he sent each rector in our Diocese (ADOTS) a copy of the book. The premise of the book focuses on Christian leadership in [...]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:42-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ministry in a Pandemic: Resource Roundup (2020-03-26)

The Evergreen Project, led by Canon David Roseberry, is broadening its scope. Our job has been Creating, Collecting, and Curating Resources for a Thriving Church. In the midst of the current pandemic, and at the invitation of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America, we want to help our parishes thrive specifically in the midst of this challenging, [...]

A Vision for 2020 (Our Anglican Future, Pt. 1)

Over the last few decades, everyone has been aiming at 2020. So many churches and organizations looking to clarify their goals and objectives set a 2020 (20/20) Vision. Organizations set goals to plant a certain number of churches by 2020 or raise up a certain number of leaders. Individual churches looked ahead to 2020 as the year by which they [...]

By |2020-03-08T20:08:01-05:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments

Missional Leadership for the Ordinary Pastor: 3 Simple Steps

Missional leadership is not as mysterious or difficult as you might think. It is simply embodying the work of a missionary in your context—and teaching others to do the same. As the body of Christ, the Church is bearer of Divine blessing, and sign, foretaste and instrument of the Kingdom. Missional leadership articulates the vision and shapes the values that [...]

By |2020-02-17T09:40:57-06:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Here’s How to Plant a Church as an Introvert

You can do this. It’s amazing to plant new churches, and Anglicans actively seek more of it. “But”—you might say—“I’m an introvert.” Me too. And I want to think with you about being an introvert and a church planter, with help from a few others who are like us. Whether you’re a pastor or a lay leader, please take a [...]

By |2020-01-02T13:33:51-06:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |4 Comments

Is Your Church a Society, a Subculture, or a Crucible?

My family clambers onto the porch the other day. It’s shortly after a rainfall, like every day when you live by the Great Lakes. In the sunbeam, we see another spiderweb glistening between the wrought iron rails. It weighs slightly more than nothing and yet survived a deluge. Wow. What strength! What elegance! And then my two year-old picks up [...]

By |2019-08-12T07:29:26-05:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors, Leadership|1 Comment

Why Collaborative Ministry? An Australian’s Story

In the early 2000’s, about four years into my ministry as an Anglican Priest, I started to seriously doubt my leadership capacities and probably came close to slipping into depression. I had been working in a series of financially struggling parishes with small congregations. Although I’d been given pretty good formation as a “minister of word and sacrament,” I hadn’t [...]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:59-06:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |1 Comment

Real-World Anglican: Training Leaders to Answer the Questions They’ll Actually Hear!

Although it’s still a very rough draft, I’m sharing the following idea (from Kevin Miller, Rector of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL) because we’d like your input as we develop this approach to pastoral education/formation! We’ve got a problem At least here in the States, we have many people who enter Anglicanism from another tradition, usually evangelical/non-denominational. Many [...]

By |2019-01-18T18:43:40-06:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |1 Comment

12 Challenges of the Christmas Eve Service

Even if your shopping is complete and the gifts are wrapped, the pastor knows that there is one more thing to do before Christmas morning. Hold Christmas Eve Services. Whether you are preaching, celebrating the Eucharist, leading the prayers, singing the carols, handing out bulletins, or greeting people at the door, it is a big moment in the annual life [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:07-06:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Much Should We Pay the Pastor? (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 2)

These are the awkward questions during any board or Vestry meeting. You can feel a quiet come over the room. Everyone is hoping the subject will pass. But there are five awkward questions that your church needs to be able to discuss. Previously, we tackled the question of access to giving records. Hopefully, I’ve given you enough to open a [...]

Video: Ministry in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Last January, John and Ashley Wallace joined us on our clergy orientation trip to Israel. It’s always wonderful to meet young clergy families who are dedicated to the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Church. None of us could have imagined how intense that work would become only 9 months later. When Hurricane Michael [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:33-06:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Four Creative Constraints of the Preaching Life

This post originally appeared at LeaderWorks on January 23, 2018. Preaching may be more than art, but it is certainly not less. It is a craft and a skill. An individual may have certain gifts given by God, but those gifts are diminished if not stewarded by effort and practice. Excellence deceives us. When we see a baseball player effortlessly [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:29:40-06:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Preaching|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Zagginess of Holiness

When I was writing Giving Up, I discovered an unlikely source of insight in Zag: The Number One Strategy of High Performance Brands by Marty Neumeier. The foundational principle is that successful brands don’t follow the crowd—they don’t look at the leaders in the marketplace and try to latch on and say “Me too!” Instead, when everyone else zigs, they [...]

By |2020-05-22T15:48:08-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Build Your Generosity and Stewardship Emphasis This Fall

Pastors, it’s not too late to plan an emphasis on stewardship and generosity this fall. But it is almost too late. Leading a church in this area takes intentionality and courage. Some pastors have such an allergy to the topic of giving that they don’t bring it up until it’s too late. Waiting until the end-of-the-year to broach the subject [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:50:47-06:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

My Cement Taco

At the advanced age of 62, I bought my first truck. I didn’t really need a truck, I tried to tell myself, but having a truck is something no one really needs until you need it. And then you need it. So, to ward off any future problems like that, I bought one. I really didn’t negotiate that hard for [...]

By |2020-07-16T16:27:34-05:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Throwing a Cap Over the Wall

I am walking in the Land of Giants again. Israel. Yesterday we were atop Mt. Carmel where Elijah called out the prophets of Baal. Today we walk were the Apostle Paul walked, rather, stood in chains before his captors and played the only card he seemed to have left. After several years of captivity, Paul breaks the deadlock of waiting and trials [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:51:25-06:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Leadership, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Five Elegant Solutions to Grow Generosity

Some of you may know the acryonm KISS. I did not when it was first whispered in my ear by an unknown man about five minutes before my first sermon many years ago. He was a robed lay reader and was seated next to me. The church was filled with the good people of my first curacy in Arizona.  Ken [...]

Interview: Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller has served as a writer, editor, and director at Christianity Today for nearly three decades. After being ordained and working as an associate at a larger Anglican church, he now serves as the rector of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois. The church had been planted a little over a decade before Kevin arrived, and he knew it would take [...]

The Good Shepherd Economy

Churches desire to grow, as well they should. We are, after all, followers of the Great Commission. We desire for more and more people to come to know and proclaim the coming of God's kingdom. However, when church leaders want to focus on growth, they often make a crucial mistake. Often, our focus is on getting people to our front [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:12:26-06:00April 9th, 2018|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |2 Comments

Five Awkward Questions Your Church Needs to Answer (Part Four)

So far, we’ve talked about awkward questions that boil down to money. And surely, money can be an uncomfortable topic to tackle. Who should have access to the giving records? How much should we pay the pastor? Does the pastor need a retirement fund? Toss those questions out in your next board or Vestry meeting and you’ll be met with [...]

By |2019-10-24T08:02:42-05:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Five Awkward Questions Your Church Needs to Answer (Part Three)

The awkward questions are easy to ignore, but leaders can’t shy away from topics that have the potential to cripple ministry if left unaddressed. What goes unspoken can create divisions and spread distrust. Read Part Two If you haven’t caught up, here’s what we’ve discussed: In the first post, I asked the question about who should have access [...]

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