Cross-Organizational Teamwork

I recently gave a presentation on the impact individuals have on cross-organizational teamwork.  The study was based on a group I work with that has members comprised of different community churches and other local organizations.  The study was based on research from Roloff, Wolley, & Edmonson’s (2011) research on team learning (pp. 249-271).  Three areas were addressed: learning curve, task mastery, and group processes.  The … Continue reading Cross-Organizational Teamwork

Giving an academic presentation.

I have not been able to write as much as I like on the blog because of Easter week being incredibly busy at the church and preparations for a recent first-time experience.  This weekend I presented an academic presentation as part of the McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College.  It was a great honor and privilege to have this opportunity.  As a requirement of my … Continue reading Giving an academic presentation.

Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders

There are plenty of things I would have liked to of known when I first started pastoring ten years ago.  Professional training and habitual reading have provided a great foundation.  Observing other pastors is another blessing.  However, nothing has been as beneficial as experience.  In reality, it is the mixture of all three that inform my approach to leading in the church, among so many … Continue reading Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders

How do we improve our church board?

Whenever church boards are discussed, a joke comes to mind.  At the end of a worship service, the pastor announced that there would be a board meeting.  When they gathered, there was a visitor in the meeting room.  Of course, they asked the person why the person had come to the board meeting.  The individual replied, “If anyone was more board in service than me, … Continue reading How do we improve our church board?

Scripture Reading Challenge (#14)

God does not point out our sin to laugh at us or scorn.  Instead, he reveals our issues so that we can deal with them appropriately.  That is, to be cleansed and forgiven.  In the story of Genesis, the brothers need to make a second trip to Egypt.  They will face their sin one way or another.  Joseph is building with excitement to reveal his … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#14)

Christian Planning

The default Christian mixture of planning minimizes the role of people and lifts up our dependence on the leading of God.  The problem is when those that are carnal find themselves in positions of leadership and espouse a spirituality that is a cover up for a laissez-faire attitude toward any type of preparation and planning.   There are those who actually feel unspiritual if any … Continue reading Christian Planning