When Leadership is Broken, Chapter 6

(this is the book I’ve been writing…) (Links to Intro, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five) The essential quality that can produce healthy leadership or restore healthy leadership when it’s been broken is character. The absence of character in leadership will make a mess of anything and everything else we might attempt. When character is presentContinue reading “When Leadership is Broken, Chapter 6”

When Church Leadership is Broken, chapter 5

(Links to Intro, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four) CALLING There’s an old joke about a farmer who is feeling unsettled in his work. A church going man, he feels like God has something more planned for his life than what he’s doing. As he prepares for harvesting his soybean fields he praysContinue reading “When Church Leadership is Broken, chapter 5”

When Church Leadership is Broken, chapter 4

(Links to Intro, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three) “The Essential Thing” There are a lot of needful things when it comes to leadership, especially when it’s broken, but there is only one thing that is essential. Over the next three chapters I want to unpack the three qualities that can produce healthy leadership orContinue reading “When Church Leadership is Broken, chapter 4”

When Church Leadership is Broken, chapter 3

(Links to Intro, Chapter One, Chapter Two) “Awakening From the Western Dream.” The easiest answer to broken leadership is to blame the bad actors. If we can eliminate all the bad apples, we eliminate our problem. However, once we count all the bad apples we have to consider the orchard might just be toxic. WhenContinue reading “When Church Leadership is Broken, chapter 3”

When Church Leadership is Broken chapter 1.

“Let’s Blame Bad Pastors” It was the last session of a youth workers conference when I first woke up to the reality that we are not all pastors for the same reasons. A psychologist was on the platform. He had just published a new book on why teenagers act the way they do. But insteadContinue reading “When Church Leadership is Broken chapter 1.”

When Church Leadership is Broken

INTRODUCTION – Doing life together as the Church is challenging because it involves other people. And people are complex. Sometimes the very thing they want to do, they don’t do. Sometimes the one thing they don’t want to do is all they can think about. Often their stated reason for doing a thing is farContinue reading “When Church Leadership is Broken”

What They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary (but probably should have)

(part one) Back when I was in school, learning to be a pastor, in the olden days when the Flintstones was a popular reality show, the emphasis was on the Bible and getting it right. In those days I was part of a movement of churches in which we told ourselves that the New TestamentContinue reading “What They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary (but probably should have)”