This article is one of a five-part series on Polarization: What Causes Polarization by David Brubaker How to Lead While Polarized by Sarai Rice Four Guiding Principles for Managing a Polarized Congregation by Susan Beaumont When Polarization Becomes a Tug-of-War by Lawrence Peers What Cures Polarization by David Brubaker Over the last month we have […]
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by David Brubaker on February 4, 2019
If we are to successfully overcome polarization, we must first look deeply into its roots.
by David Brubaker on December 10, 2018
Economic inequality has increased, even inside congregations.
by David Brubaker on October 29, 2018
Nearly every congregation has a mission statement. A good mission statement reminds leaders of who their congregation is and what it does in the world.
by David Brubaker on October 1, 2018
Character trumps every other attribute of leadership—including skills, charisma, vision, motivation, and persistence.
by David Brubaker on June 4, 2018
In the last 50 years, not a single minister had survived at First Community Church for more than five. There were many theories as to why. The generally accepted rationale was simply that “First Community chews up its pastors.” Pastor Bethany, who had received plenty of warnings before accepting the lead minister role at First […]
by David Brubaker on March 12, 2018
Congregations that started a “new community outreach” in the previous five years were much less likely to report a significant conflict than similar congregations that did not.