Witness Beyond the Familiar (Part 1)

Being a leader in the church today requires a new imagination for what the church looks like and acts like … Can I get an Amen!  Today’s complex and non-linear culture yields a multitude of new expressions of the Body of Christ living out the mission to make...

Can I Fix It?

OK, self-disclosure time – I know some of you are guilty of this!  You are driving on an open road and you see a car stopped ahead on the side of the road and there are emergency lights nearby, do you slow down and gawk?  I know some of you do, but in...

OK … Let’s Talk!

How many times have you heard those words?  Was it a pleasant experience – as in spoken by your significant other … or, possibly a negative experience – coming from your supervisor?  We have these preconceived ideas about how conversations are going to go,...

Leading Positive Change

This month, I would like to focus on some thoughts and/or challenges from the “Lead Like Jesus (Revisited)” book (pp. 248-251) … as we continue ‘Moving Forward in God’s Mission.’  Leading lasting change requires understanding and addressing four essential levels...

Moving Forward

Moving Forward As we start our Charge Conferences for this year, it is always helpful to focus on the theme.  This year, it is “Moving Forward in God’s Mission.”  It’s not (moving forward in) the United Methodist mission, nor the Virginia Conference mission,...