Is It Time To Stop?

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Maurilio Amorim is CEO of The A Group, a media, technology and branding firm in Brentwood, TN that consults with some of the country’s largest ministries, leading churches, and Christian publishers. Recently he blogged about his response to an unexpected question. When asked to write down his favorite quote, he shared the following: Every leader must learn that just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. So What? In the post, Amorim provided a few examples of things he Read More …

The Day the Pope Resigned

Pope Benedict XVI

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI surprised everyone with a sudden announcement he will resign on February 28.  While there is much speculation about the timing and reasoning, all agree his health has deteriorated significantly in recent months.  He is the oldest pope elected since 1730, first German to hold the title in half a millennium, and the first pope to resign in six centuries. As one who has supported the use of and, more recently, participated in the use of social media, Pope Read More …

Our Generation’s Task

Obama 2nd Inaugural

President Barack Obama spoke the following words yesterday as a part of his second inaugural address: We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that Read More …

Self-Appraisal Statement

Greg at NUCC

My understanding of who I am is shaped more by following the way of Jesus than any other factor.  I strive to live the love of neighbor Jesus taught by embodying an ever-widening inclusiveness of the circle of those I count as neighbor.  My academic preparation for Christian ministry in schools affiliated with three traditions, varied roles in parish ministry in congregations affiliated with four additional denominations, and interactions with those in the wider family of faith through a variety Read More …

Statement on Ministry

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Tiger population has declined by 90% over the last 50 years; those involved in creating a brighter future for tigers understand that extinction will be reality if significant changes are not implemented soon.  The role of religion in America has changed dramatically and the size of mainline/progressive Protestantism has declined dramatically over the last 50 years; those involved in leading United Church of Christ communities today must be open to innovation and experimentation in order to Read More …

Leadership Must-Dos

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Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie is a seasoned executive leader with over two decades of experience in the cable television industry, who has partnered with Liz Strauss to create  Inside-Out Thinking (a venture centered around the development of great leaders who can make a difference in any organization) and SOBCon  (a business “think tank” with a Social Media twist). On his blog, he recently shared his list of three must-dos for great leaders: Establish two-way trust Be consistent in your Read More …

Don’t Be Like Olive Garden

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Scott McClellan, writer/editor at Echohub and author of the forthcoming book Tell Me a Story (2013), recently challenged church leaders to live into their roles by doing more than simply providing the religious goods and services requested by the majority of their parishioners (consumers).   His blog post was inspired by a story about Olive Garden that suggested the casual dining chain's leadership wants to but has been unable to improve their offerings because any "attempts at better food are Read More …

The Bottom Line & Nonprofits

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Leadership expert John Maxwell has written over fifty books, including three that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.  Recently he blogged about the value of bottom line thinking in nonprofit organizations.  For these organizations, including churches, the bottom line isn't financial.  Instead, Maxwell suggests the bottom line is "the end, the take away, the desired result." Read More …

Christian Leadership

Passionate Leadership Conference, Bishop Will Willimon

Earlier this summer Will Willimon (read my review of The Best of Will Willimon: Acting Up in Jesus’ Name - 2012) shared some challenging words for those who seek to be Christian leaders: I’ve read dozens of books on leadership, have even written a few myself.  Books on leadership tend to say, “Here are the personal qualities you must have, here are the skills you must acquire if you want to lead.”  In the world, leaders must be omniscient and omnipotent, capable and courageous, competent and Read More …

Organizational Clarity

Lencioni

Last week Scott Williams wrote several blog posts summarizing the sessions he attended at the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, including one on a session led by Patrick Lencioni on the importance of organizational health.  Lencioni is the author of ten business books and president of The Table Group, where he focuses on writing and speaking about leadership and organizational life. Williams shares Lencioni's six questions every organization must ask and answer when seeking Read More …