Leading when you don’t know the way

When the path forward is obvious, it is relatively easy for a leader to know what to do. We can rely on strategies that have worked well in the past. We can use existing resources and relationships to solve problems,…

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It’s time to slow down

Busy leaders do not always make better leaders. Sometimes, busy leaders are just that: busy. As three major holidays rapidly approach — Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas — leaders will be tempted to get more work done by speeding up the pace,…

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Preaching is leadership

Preaching gives pastors an incredible opportunity that most leaders do not have. At their best, sermons teach, inspire and provoke, which are three essentials for leadership and change. Whatever approach we use for sermon planning, preparation and delivery, preaching has the potential…

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How to cultivate trust in congregations

Leadership cannot flourish without trust. Relationships, institutions and communities depend on people having confidence in one another. Clergy who want to lead change, transform congregations and establish authentic interpersonal connections need to understand that trust is never automatic. Trust is cultivated…

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A remembrance of Loren Mead

The following are the prepared remarks of the managing director of Alban, Nathan Kirkpatrick, at Loren Mead’s funeral at St Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2018.  In 1994, after Loren had announced his retirement from the…

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Remembering Loren B. Mead

Loren Benjamin Mead, son of Dr. Walter Russell Mead and Dorothy Nauss Mead, died peacefully under hospice care at his home, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads in Falls Church, Virginia on May 5, 2018. Loren was born in Florence, South Carolina,…

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