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Taking the Time to Ponder

December 22, 2009

To ponder: “to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate; to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully” according to dictionary.com.    I remember when I first heard the word “ponder” as a child; it was part of the Christmas Story: “and it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the […]

Putting Your Board’s Agenda to Work

October 25, 2009

I was recently invited to sit down for a cup of coffee with a woman who had recently accepted the position of Board Chair of a private, Christian high school.  She was particularly concerned about keeping her board engaged in a meaningful way and wanted to pick my brain.  She was well aware of the […]

Leading a “Youth Movement”

September 1, 2009

“Wow! Time has flown by….” That’s the thought that kept running though my mind last week, having dropped off my youngest to start her college career. The “nest” is now empty. What a weird concept. As I’ve reflected on the last 25 years of child-rearing, I realized that’s just about how long I’ve been involved […]

Rediscovering Community

July 3, 2009

I don’t know about your church, but the current economic storm hit my congregation pretty hard.  It began last December with a blast of cold and snowy weather; quite unusual for the Pacific Northwest.  Attendance was way down and so was giving.  Our usual end-of-the-year boost never materialized.  Things didn’t improve in January as we […]

Shared Leadership: A Wilderness Experience (Part 2)

May 16, 2009

 How, then, did Moses establish his model of shared leadership?  Although the Scriptures are silent at this point, I’m sure that this must have been a very interesting elders’ meeting.  God must have been kidding when He talked about becoming a “kingdom of priests”, right?  As leaders, they had already dealt with a grumbling group […]

Shared Leadership: A Wilderness Experience (Part 1)

May 12, 2009

   Moses’ arms were killing him.  After all, he had been standing on top of the hill holding up the staff of God all day long and sunset was still a long way off.  As he struggled, his pre-battle words to Joshua kept racing through his head: “Tomorrow, I will stand on the hill with […]

Where Have All the Leaders Gone: Recruiting the Right Lay Leaders – Part 2

March 21, 2009

What follows is the conclusion of my discussion with veteran church executive, Dan Stoehr, regarding his preferred approach to lay leader recruitment.  Here goes….   Scott:  How do you assess for the Spiritual gifts of your potential leaders?   Dan:  There are several great tools out there; we use Network, as discussed in your last […]

Where Have All the Leaders Gone: Recruiting the Right Lay Leaders – Part 1

March 16, 2009

Now that we’ve established the desired profile of your governing board including Spiritual gifts, personal strengths, and talents, we’re ready to consider the recruitment of individual lay leaders who are best suited to serve on your board.  To help address this issue, I’ve invited a seasoned church administrator, Dan Stoehr, to join in our discussion.  […]

Where Have All the Leaders Gone: Developing the Board Profile

January 19, 2009

As Paul asked the question, he glanced out the window.  The sun had long since set and the streets had grown quiet.  The clock moved awfully slowly: 11:14…11:15…11:16….   “I know,” said Joan, “why don’t we ask Jim to serve?  I think he owns the dry cleaner’s shop around the corner.  We could always use […]