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Front, back or middle? Three leadership stances

By Chris Gambill From what position should you lead? The front, middle, or back? Each of these leadership stances uses different skills, addresses different needs, and reflects different goals and assumptions. The Bible provides examples of all three approaches. Congregational leaders need to master all three and, more importantly, learn when to use which one. Leading […]

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Agency and the Serenity Prayer

By Francis Rivers God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus […]

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Love Mercy: An Act of Grace

    By Helena Epstein When I hear the words “love mercy,” my initial instinct is one of pride. Who doesn’t love Mercy? Mercy is shown in acts of heroism and reconciliation and restoration. It is quiet gestures of care and attention to friends or lovers, to chubby-faced children who can’t feed themselves. It is […]

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The Elephant Antidote, the hard conversations in congregations

  How to talk about difficult issues in congregational life   By Chris Gambill Earlier this year, we published a piece about how most congregations probably have at least one “elephant”—a salient issue that no one dares to talk about—in their sanctuary. Elephants remain ensconced because a prevailing myth that “talking about it makes things […]

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Jesus was a Wetback, Too

  A Reflection on Mark 1:4-13   By Francis Rivers I recently participated in a “Strangers to Neighbors” dinner at a local congregation. This program, begun by FaithAction International House in Greensboro, brings together over a meal members of predominately Anglo congregations and members of the new immigrant community. So people who don’t often interact […]

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Never wasted; never fails

    By Gary Gunderson Interesting days to be a preacher. Five days after our new president was inaugurated, I found myself preaching at a progressive United Methodist Church across town — its head pastor bailed out to California and asked me to fill the pulpit. And last week, a few hours after the new […]

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