Coaching Impact

In the first week of my first call, I received a letter from a beloved seminary professor and friend. He wrote, “You will be good news to the people in those two churches.” It was the first time that I…

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Entering Wonderland: A Toolkit for Pastors New to a Church

The first year or so of a pastor’s tenure in a new congregation is precarious; many pastors stay at a new congregation for fewer than five years. This handbook helps coach both experienced and new pastors to enter a new congregation effectively. Drawing from organizational systems leadership material in religious and secular worlds, it offers nearly 50 tips and tools designed to help new pastors analyze their congregation’s system and then to lead leaders within the congregation to affect positive change.

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Joseph and the Development of the Visionary Leader

At prayer services each week synagogues around the world chant the same selection from scripture. Starting right after the Jewish New Year, we work our way through the Torah scroll to complete the five books of Moses in time for…

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Affective Competence and Missional Identity

One of the givens regarding healthy congregations is that they have a clear identity. Imagine a congregation that understood its missional identity to be an affectively competent community of people in order to more vibrantly reflect all that the Creator…

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Forced Clergy Transitions

by Daniel Schultz Nobody wants to talk about the details. They’re too painful, too lurid, too subject to dispute and quibbling. Half the time the details wouldn’t make sense if you weren’t there, and the other half you wouldn’t believe.  Yet…

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