Wherever We Go, Whatever the Mission, It Takes Leadership

Yesterday, the Kansas West Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church did its last business and celebrated its final worship service.  I was a member of the conference for most of my ministry (until 2010) and I’m so glad I made it back for the closing day.  It was truly a bittersweet moment. I can’t […]

Kids These Days

(Continuing thoughts on trends.  What’s going on with youth and emerging adults?) It started with reading Generation Me.  Well, no, actually, it started with noticing something different in my college students’ classroom responses.  Somewhere between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, I began sensing a change.   I was priviled to teach at a small college then (http://www.sckans.edu), so […]

Tumulti Adventum (or Advent Frustration)

Advent may be one of the most difficult of church seasons to observe.  Every year we feel various pressures to skip it and go straight to Christmas.  People love singing Christmas carols, but the Advent hymns?  Not so much.  It is harder and harder to fit the children’s Christmas program into the schedule anyway.  I […]

One Person Does Make a Difference

Here’s an article from “Insider Higher Education” that I think stimulates some very timely thinking for religious leaders of all sorts.  Notice: 1.  The word “organic” and what it says about leading change. 2. The word “leadership” (for the same reason). 3.  Change can and often does start with a person willing to share a […]

Watching a Denomination Die

While a grand old institution slowly crumbles, the people who have invested their lives in it look for every glimmer of hope, every shred of evidence to sustain the belief that, really, “we’re doing fine.” Even when we acknowledge trouble, we have an odd way of tipping our hats to it while bolstering – in […]

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