Economic inequality has increased, even inside congregations.
Author Archive | David Brubaker
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.
by David Brubaker on November 20, 2017
The dramatic decline in denominational affiliation and loyalty in the U.S. the last half century has prompted many to ask, “Do denominations (and their regional bodies) matter?” When there is often more variation in belief and practices within a given denomination than between denominations, what does it mean to identify as a Presbyterian or Methodist, […]
by David Brubaker on September 25, 2017
Why is conflict so common in congregations? When we ask people what they are fighting about, the responses focus on the usual suspects—members’ behavior, money, worship, leadership style, and decision-making. But are these really the deepest causes of congregational conflict?