Reflections

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October 20, 2014 | “Middle-ring” relationships have receded in the new social patterns of American life. We need imaginative Christian leaders to develop institutions that can support and sustain the community we now lack.
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October 20, 2014 | What can Christian leaders do when the official teachings of mainline Protestant churches and the political ideologies of the laity diverge?
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October 6, 2014 | The former president of Fuller Theological Seminary is no fan of Machiavelli. But he does wish for a 'seminary president's guidebook' that would match the scope and complexity of Machiavelli's writings on political leadership.
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October 6, 2014 | Pastors live with a painful inner conflict -- we often aren’t doing the good we want to do. Games, which can connect us to others and to a larger purpose, might help.
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October 6, 2014 | A stuffed bunny who has served to teach dozens of students how to perform the sacrament of baptism reminds a pastor that we never celebrate the sacrament in isolation from a history that begins at creation and continues into the present and on toward the new Jerusalem.
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October 6, 2014 | An Episcopal priest walks the line between welcoming newcomers and being willing to let them go.
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September 22, 2014 | The challenges facing Christian institutions today require innovative solutions in all aspects of the work. Senior leaders must cultivate the conditions for the work to flourish, which means nurturing talent across levels and roles, says the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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September 22, 2014 | How do you develop leaders in your organization without funding? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches offers 10 ideas for leadership development on a shoestring.
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September 8, 2014 | As Dietrich Bonhoeffer pointed out long ago, youth ministry isn't about setting aside a special place for young people in the church but about moving them into the center of the church community, says a youth ministry scholar and author.
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September 8, 2014 | How can a church leader encourage a cooperative environment that is poised for growth? It depends on the size of the congregation.