Author Archive | Dan Hotchkiss

Clergy Transition

Clergy Transition and the Power of the Past

For a new ministry to flourish, both clergy and lay leaders need to understand the congregation’s feelings about the predecessor. Every congregation has some history with (or without) clergy. At time of clergy transition, that history influences the selection process and the partnership as it develops.

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What Really Matters When It Comes to Raising Money

As fundraising fashions come and go, which elements are vital and which can be varied or skipped from year to year? Congregations have successfully flouted techniques once thought essential—in-home canvassing, a published budget, the kickoff dinner, even the hallowed pledge card. Replacement approaches rise and fall: Consecration Sunday, crowdfunding, targeted giving. Has human nature changed […]

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Day 310 of 365 - Honest Abe

In addition to today's photo being day 310 in my photo a day project for 2009 it is also representative of a new project I intend to start in 2010.   

The project will basically be to try to document, celebrate or otherwise note common and obscure dates in the calendar for 2010 or interesting days in history corresponding to that date.   I intend to post mode days but I don't intend to make it another photo a day project. 

I have also started <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/thisday/">a flickr group</a>, which anyone is free to join, to collect images from others who would like to participate in the project with me.   You may participate with as much or as little as you like.  Feel free to join the group even if you don't think you will add a lot of images to it; the more the merrier.

Today's event is commemorating the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Office of the President of the United States on this Day in 1860 (November 6, 1860)

This will probably be the only photo along these lines (other than major holiday's I would have done for my PAD anyway) until 2010.  I am only doing it today to share my plans and invite you all to the group :D

(for those dying to know.. No I don't have three arms and this isn't quick focus Jeff.... There was a string..... wonder where it went :P)

What Kind of Planning Should We Do?

by Dan Hotchkiss It is not always easy to say what kind of planning a congregation needs to do at a specific moment. Nonetheless, dogmas abound. Some people think every congregation has to do a big, ginormous long-range, planning process every five or ten years. Only by taking a fresh, comprehensive look at everything and […]

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Teams Made Simple

One good way to make things happen is to organize a team. At their best, teams benefit from members’ varied strengths and reach results no one imagined in advance. But what makes a team effective? A lot has been written about teams—by John Wimberly and George Cladis among others—and I don’t mean to replace or […]

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The Mystique of Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a term of art in ministry. It evokes the seal of the confessional: most people expect, when they talk to clergy, that what they say will go no further. This is perhaps the most widespread expectation people have of clergy, and one most of us try hard to honor. Unfortunately, keeping confidences is […]

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Harry Truman, "the buck stops here"

What Buck Stops Where?

A famous sign on Harry Truman’s desk declared, THE BUCK STOPS HERE. “The President—whoever he is,” Truman explained, “has to decide.” Truman’s example has inspired many leaders to accept appropriate responsibility. But a careless reading of his slogan can lead to the mistake of thinking that whoever can make a decision always should.

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