Growing at Grace

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main | 1 comment

What makes for a good leader? Most folks think that “followers” would be the required component. But anyone who has led anything more than a rousing chorus of “Row Row Row Your Boat” understands that the measure of leadership is the number of leaders you produce, not the number of followers you attract. Leaders don’t just magically appear. Yet, many congregations still expect their leaders to arrive. Rare are the...

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So What DO You Mean By “Grow?”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 3 comments

Once, as a child, I played sick to avoid a particular confrontation that I knew was going to take place at school. My plan was foolproof: Moan a little bit, wait for the thermometer to show up, and then fake a fever using my desklamp to inflate the reading. I may or may not have recently watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In either case, I would have been more successful in my devious effort if I had followed his advice and...

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Call to Action: Don’t Confuse the “What” with the “How.”

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Methodism | 0 comments

Bishop Joe Pennel has raised some excellent questions in a recent post at the UMPortal.  He indicates that we are not focusing on the right things with Call to Action in the United Methodist Church. He writes: I cannot prove it but I am of the opinion that congregations that focus on growing in compassion, forgiveness, mercy, kindness and justice have a stronger and more authentic commitment to social witness than those that are not so...

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