Rediscovering the Point: Congregational Sabbaticals

by Roger Kruger In bestselling British author Terry Pratchett’s book Monstrous Regiment, a magic sword admits to a longing to become a plowshare. “I don’t know what that is,” the sword confesses, “but it sounds like an existence with some point…

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Our Practice of Havruta

1.    “Sorry I’m late,” Rachel announces as she joins her colleagues around the table. “It’s one of those days. I’ve had three difficult situations this morning,” she adds, glancing at her iPhone; “and it’s barely noon.”  “Can you afford…

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Leadership in Scarcity

by Mark Miller-McLemore | My church was located across from an abandoned strip mall and the local “No-Tell Motel,” where drugs and sex were peddled. We worked closely with homeless people through a shelter program in our building. It was a place…

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Susan Beaumont: Policies, Performance, and Personnel

Most congregations have some version of a personnel committee, or believe that they are supposed to. The practices surrounding these committees vary widely and are driven by denominational polity differences.  Denominations use different labels to refer to the human resource…

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Ask Alban: The Personnel Committee

Q: What is the purpose of a personnel committee, and what is it supposed to do? A: The personnel committee has the potential to be one of the most helpful or most dysfunctional committees at work in the life of…

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