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Four Things Church Boards Don't Know About Pastoral Termination

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  Luke 23:34

I have a pastor friend who reads this blog, and periodically, he tells me that most board members who participate in the termination of an innocent pastor do it out of ignorance rather than malice. 2,526 more words

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Church Divided Part II

The following is an excerpt from an article by Bishop William B. Lewis (UMC retired). I found it just after posting my previous article about division in the UMC. 450 more words

Faith And Values

What Forbearance Is Not

The biblical idea of forbearance is an underappreciated metaphor for divine grace and an underutilized concept for capturing how Christians ought to replicate that grace in the project of living together in community. 1,103 more words


When We Disagree, Part Three

It is ridiculously easy to create disagreement in churches. Simply suggest painting the sanctuary, and presto, a disagreement arises over the colour. But you don’t even need to do that. 1,085 more words

Shrunk Sermons

Amazon Leadership Principles

After speaking at a clergy and spouse retreat on conflict management, I sat next to an executive programmer from Amazon on my way home from Seattle. 113 more words

How We Handle Conflict Impacts Our Witness


Aaron Malone in writing about the Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers win had this headline, “Super Bowl XXIX: Steve Young gets the monkey off his back.”  As Aaron Malone wrote about the game, “The game started with a bang for the 49ers. 981 more words

Congregational Life And Ministry

Horatio Alger at Church

The following question comes from a long article in the Journal of Pastoral Theology (3.3, 1979) by Harvie Conn. Conn discusses how a church has a “model” for ministry; an often unarticulated self-understanding of what a church is, does, and how it functions. 155 more words