Discover Israel: Behold the Man

Every week or so, we will post about one of the sites on our upcoming Israel tours for pastors and everyone. The stories of these people and places in the Bible have the power to form us, first as humans made in the image of God, but also as servant leaders who have been called to join the work of [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:30:26-06:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Vital Role of the Small Church Leader

The mission of LeaderWorks is to help church leaders do their work. In that effort, James K.A. Smith and Tim Keller have blessed us richly with their recent conversation in Comment Magazine. Church leaders who have just begun their ministries, whether planting a church or leading a small congregation, often feel frustrated by a lack of growth. No matter how [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:30:28-06:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Announcement: Giving Up is Coming Soon!

It’s Ready After years of gathering ideas, studying Scripture, preaching “The Money Talk”, collecting three decades worth of wisdom...and months of writing and re-writing, the book is finished.  We took our final pass at it with our red pens and now it lives with the publisher and then onto the printer...and then I hope...to you! It should be available for [...]

Discover Israel: King Saul, Tragic Leader

Every week or so, we'll highlight one of the sites we'll visit on our upcoming Israel tours for pastors or for everyone. The stories of these people and places in the Bible have the power to form us, first as humans made in the image of God, but also as servant leaders who have been called to join the work [...]

By |2019-01-10T15:40:53-06:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tourism in Israel on the Rise

I received a note yesterday that tourism from the United States to Israel is growing—and not just by a little bit. Compared to 2015 and 2016, tourism to Israel is up 20% from January to June. So far this year, 400,000 Americans have travelled to Israel—90,000 in the month of June alone. What is it that continues to draw people [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:23:41-06:00July 14th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Introducing Our New Assistant Director

Thanks to a generous supporter of LeaderWorks, we would like to announce our new Assistant Director, the Rev. Kolby Kerr. Kolby is a fantastic young priest in our ACNA and will add greatly to what LeaderWorks is able to offer. You’ll be hearing a lot from him on the blog, so I wanted to give him a chance to introduce himself. [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:30:39-06:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Meet RD Glenn: What Would Cranmer Do?

The Rev. Ray David Glenn and I are friends.  We have known each other since 2010.  When his wife died suddenly seven years ago, he and I became even closer. (For reasons I cannot explain, RD is the ONLY person I ever routinely Facetime with. It cannot be that actually wants to see me. But I think he is that [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:53:25-06:00May 30th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Leadership, Sacraments|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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: I [...]

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. 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 admonition from [...]

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 infringe on [...]

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 [...]

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 soul as [...]

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 [...]

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 crusades, radio/TV, [...]

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

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 church [...]

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