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2020/06/0110 Questions to Ask Now, , 2020-06-01 09:00:00
2020/05/26Will There Ever Be a Non-Virtual Meeting Again?, , 2020-05-26 09:00:00
2020/05/18Caught Between Anxiety and Anger, , 2020-05-18 09:00:00
2020/05/04Agenda Items for Your Board this Summer, , , , 2020-05-04 09:00:00
2020/04/27When a Congregation Goes Virtual, , 2020-04-27 09:00:00
2020/04/20Finding Our New Normal2020-04-20 09:00:00
2020/04/06Clergy Coaching when History Knocks on Our Door2020-04-06 09:00:00
2020/03/30Managing Membership and Financial Data in the 21st Century, , 2020-03-30 09:00:00
2020/03/19Ministry in the Time of COVID-19, 2020-03-19 09:00:00
2020/03/09Saying No to Gifts, , 2020-03-09 09:00:00
2020/03/02Using Media to Get Your Story Out, 2020-03-02 09:00:00
2020/02/24“You’re Not the Boss of Me”2020-02-24 09:00:00
2020/02/17Denominations in the 21st Century2020-02-17 09:00:00
2020/02/10What Are Ministers Looking For?, 2020-02-10 09:00:00
2020/02/03Keep Calm and Drop the Rope2020-02-03 09:00:00
2020/01/27How to Measure Ministry2020-01-27 09:25:00
2020/01/21Let’s Do Strategic Planning—When the Time is Right2020-01-21 09:30:00
2020/01/13Let’s NOT Do Strategic Planning2020-01-13 09:00:00
2019/12/09The Good Old Days and Other Works of Fiction, 2019-12-09 09:00:00
2019/12/02Five Questions for Leaders Taking “Hoodie Time”, 2019-12-02 09:00:04
2019/11/18Economic Inequality at Church, 2019-11-18 09:00:43
2019/11/11Are Growth and Decline the Only Options?, 2019-11-11 09:00:03
2019/11/04Why Congregations Exist, 2019-11-04 09:00:27
2019/10/285 Practices for Coaxing Order out of Chaos, 2019-10-28 09:00:24
2019/10/21Dealing with Problems: Alone or as a Team?, 2019-10-21 09:00:34
2019/10/15Can A Church Hit Pause?2019-10-15 08:50:32
2019/10/07The Stewardship of Risk, 2019-10-07 09:00:02
2019/09/237 Ways to Inspire Confidence While Saying “I Don’t Know”2019-09-23 09:00:35
2019/09/16Digital Leadership2019-09-16 09:00:46
2019/09/09Creating a Healthy Staff Environment, 2019-09-09 09:00:08
2019/09/03All I Really Needed to Know I Learned at Work, , 2019-09-03 09:00:10
2019/08/26When the Bully is in the Pulpit—or the Pews, 2019-08-26 09:00:06
2019/08/19How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, 2019-08-19 09:00:12
2019/07/01Relocating the Clergy Ego, , 2019-07-01 09:00:20
2019/06/24Six Rules for Letting Go when You Retire, 2019-06-24 09:55:19
2019/06/17An Ancient-Modern Approach to Religious Life, 2019-06-17 09:00:29
2019/05/20What is the Mission of “Missions”?2019-05-20 14:00:19
2019/05/13Five Pitfalls to Avoid When Evaluating the Senior Minister2019-05-13 09:00:51
2019/05/06A Non-Virtual Space, , 2019-05-06 09:00:05
2019/04/22Leading in a Time of High Conflict, , 2019-04-22 09:00:19
2019/04/15Whose Calling?, 2019-04-15 09:00:26
2019/04/08Some Fences Are Too Hard to Straddle2019-04-08 09:00:18
2019/04/01Are the Volunteers Returning?, 2019-04-01 09:00:56
2019/03/25Staff Liaisons: Helpful or Hurtful?, 2019-03-25 09:00:19
2019/03/18How Can I Supervise People Whose Jobs I Don’t Know How to Do?2019-03-18 09:00:59
2019/03/11What Cures Polarization?, 2019-03-11 09:00:25
2019/02/25When Polarization Becomes a Tug-of-War, 2019-02-25 09:00:28
2019/02/18Four Guiding Principles for Managing a Polarized Congregation, , 2019-02-18 09:00:04
2019/02/11How to Lead While Polarized, 2019-02-11 09:00:30
2019/02/04What Causes Polarization?, , 2019-02-04 09:06:59
2019/01/28Is Our Staff a Team?, 2019-01-28 09:03:54
2019/01/21Blessed are the Irritated, 2019-01-21 09:00:06
2019/01/143 Ways to Make Board Meetings Less Excruciating, 2019-01-14 09:00:42
2018/12/10Inequality, Polarization, and Congregational Life, , 2018-12-10 09:00:19
2018/12/03The Purple Church, , 2018-12-03 09:00:48
2018/11/26Reaching Across Boundaries of Faith, , 2018-11-26 09:01:23
2018/11/05Project, Spinoff, or Partner?, , , 2018-11-05 01:08:29
2018/10/29Visioning is a Team Sport, 2018-10-29 09:29:20
2018/10/22Fixing a Toxic Team, 2018-10-22 09:04:28
2018/10/15Spiritual Self-Care For People With No Time, 2018-10-15 09:30:27
2018/10/08Top Five Ways Ministers Get in Trouble, 2018-10-08 01:23:45
2018/10/01Character and Leadership, 2018-10-01 14:31:21
2018/09/24Navigating the Congregation’s Reaction to a Firing, 2018-09-24 01:58:42
2018/09/17Staff Designs in the 21st Century, 2018-09-17 01:11:29
2018/09/10Are You Shrink-Smart?2018-09-10 01:51:01
2018/09/04Return Again and Lead from a Different Place, 2018-09-04 01:36:02
2018/08/27Reaching the Next Generation, , 2018-08-27 01:57:28
2018/08/20How to Write a Vision Statement, , 2018-08-20 01:13:02
2018/07/02Eight Tips for Managing Part-Time Staff, 2018-07-02 01:08:14
2018/06/25The Death of Denominations?2018-06-25 01:01:07
2018/06/18What Does Your Building Say to Others?, , 2018-06-18 01:08:24
2018/06/11Five Lies We Like to Tell About Church Growth, 2018-06-11 01:49:11
2018/06/04Recovering from Trauma in Congregations, , 2018-06-04 01:33:58
2018/05/29Letting Go of This Pastor and Preparing for the Next, 2018-05-29 01:49:41
2018/05/21To Grow or Not to Grow: Not Always an Easy Question, 2018-05-21 01:21:43
2018/05/14Remembering the Future: Lingering Echoes of Loren Mead, 2018-05-14 01:56:01
2018/05/11Loren B. Mead, founder of the Alban Institute2018-05-11 15:27:28
2018/05/07Why SMART Goals Are Sometimes Dumb, , 2018-05-07 01:03:39
2018/04/30Five Ways Female Leaders Undermine Themselves, , 2018-04-30 01:33:37
2018/04/23How Do We Best Serve Our Neighbors?, 2018-04-23 01:45:51
2018/03/24Taking Time to Get from Here to There, 2018-03-24 09:00:51
2018/03/19How to Delegate So Things Get Done, 2018-03-19 01:14:49
2018/03/12Want Less Conflict? Look Out the Window!, 2018-03-12 01:19:29
2018/03/05Am I Relevant?, 2018-03-05 01:40:07
2018/02/26Asking Millennials to Give, , , 2018-02-26 01:38:30
2018/02/19Let’s Play!, , 2018-02-19 01:28:26
2018/02/12Leading as Meeting “Them” Where They Are, , 2018-02-12 01:29:42
2018/02/05A Recipe for Vitality, , 2018-02-05 01:21:50
2018/01/22Should the Leader Advocate for Change?, , 2018-01-22 01:37:55
2018/01/08What to do When Vision Eludes You, 2018-01-08 09:06:15
2017/12/11In Praise of Small Congregations2017-12-11 08:00:51
2017/12/04What Will We Do About the Building?, 2017-12-04 01:01:14
2017/11/27Meetings With an Afterlife2017-11-27 01:01:51
2017/11/20Do Denominations Matter?2017-11-20 01:01:10
2017/11/13Talking about Work at Church, , 2017-11-13 01:01:31
2017/10/30Supervision and Cultural Differences, 2017-10-30 01:01:07
2017/10/23Using Nonprofits for God’s Purposes, 2017-10-23 01:01:15
2017/10/16Eight Rules for Innovation in Congregations, , 2017-10-16 01:07:34
2017/10/02Tolerating Bad Behavior in the Church, , 2017-10-02 01:11:06
2017/09/25Why We Fight, 2017-09-25 01:41:56
2017/09/18Teams: Not Easy, Just Necessary, 2017-09-18 01:03:12
2017/09/11But Is It Still a Church?, 2017-09-11 01:16:40
2017/09/05It’s Crazy Out There: Practices for Religious Leaders, 2017-09-05 01:24:33
2017/07/17Clergy Transition and the Power of the Past, 2017-07-17 01:15:58
2017/07/10Celebrating “Accountability Day”, , 2017-07-10 01:17:34
2017/07/03How Many People Can a Pastor Supervise?, 2017-07-03 01:09:19
2017/06/26Looking for the Superstar, 2017-06-26 01:01:45
2017/06/19Rules for Not Being a Jerk, , 2017-06-19 01:01:11
2017/06/12Congregational Consulting Group2017-06-12 14:15:06
2017/06/12How Appreciative Inquiry Brings “Vision” into Focus, 2017-06-12 01:01:15
2017/06/05Getting Comfortable with the E-word, , 2017-06-05 01:01:21
2017/05/30Beyond Hospitality to Inclusion, , , 2017-05-30 01:01:41
2017/05/22Why “Spiritual but not Religious” is a Good Thing!, , , 2017-05-22 01:21:40
2017/05/15Can “Neighbors” Be Board Members?, , 2017-05-15 01:01:54
2017/04/03What Really Matters When It Comes to Raising Money, , 2017-04-03 06:00:35
2017/03/27“Pick Up Your Mat and Walk” — Moving Beyond Process Paralysis2017-03-27 01:45:14
2017/03/20Stop Worrying About Worship Attendance — Thrive Instead!, , 2017-03-20 09:00:33
2017/03/13“Recalculating” Ministry at Mid-Career, 2017-03-13 08:01:57
2017/03/06Think “They” Need to Change? Start With Yourself!, , 2017-03-06 09:00:21
2017/02/27The Experience of Church, 2017-02-27 01:03:00
2017/02/20What Kind of Planning Should We Do?2017-02-20 01:01:08
2017/02/13When a Leader Spins Out of Control, 2017-02-13 09:00:53
2017/02/06Will Organized Religion Find Its Political Voice?, 2017-02-06 01:01:07
2017/01/30How to Avoid Fighting About Stupid Things, , 2017-01-30 01:00:37
2017/01/23“Talk Amongst Yourselves”, , 2017-01-23 01:01:23
2017/01/16A Bigger Brand (Part 2): Rootedness, 2017-01-16 01:01:53
2017/01/09How to Repel Millennials, , 2017-01-09 01:01:32
2017/01/03What Can We Expect, When We Pay So Little?, , 2017-01-03 01:02:22
2016/12/12Are You Being Bullied?2016-12-12 01:01:25
2016/12/05Teams Made Simple, , 2016-12-05 01:01:22
2016/11/28After the Earthquake: Congregations after the U.S. Election, , 2016-11-28 01:01:19
2016/11/21A Place We Can Trust and Be Trusted, , 2016-11-21 01:01:56
2016/11/14When is the Right Time to Close Our Doors?, , 2016-11-14 01:01:47
2016/11/07The Mystique of Confidentiality, , 2016-11-07 01:19:23
2016/10/31Surviving Congregational Conflict, 2016-10-31 01:10:04
2016/10/24Planning Ahead … Way Ahead2016-10-24 01:49:38
2016/10/17Sunday May Be Sacred, But Church Is Not, 2016-10-17 01:19:52
2016/10/11The Joy (and Challenge) of Community, 2016-10-11 01:01:27
2016/10/03Have We Failed?, , , 2016-10-03 01:01:41
2016/09/26What Buck Stops Where?, , , 2016-09-26 01:03:21
2016/09/19When the Walls Come Tumbling Down2016-09-19 01:01:33
2016/09/12Priorities Lost in the Madness2016-09-12 06:58:24
2016/09/05Are We Half Full or Half Empty?, , 2016-09-05 01:03:38
2016/08/29Four Questions to Ask before Every Meeting, 2016-08-29 01:01:17
2016/07/18Vacations and Sustainability, 2016-07-18 01:01:59
2016/07/11Staff Designs2016-07-11 08:00:37
2016/07/05What, Besides Money, Do Churches Owe the IRS?, 2016-07-05 01:01:41
2016/06/27Preserving Sacred Places, , 2016-06-27 01:01:43
2016/06/20Preaching Our Principles (Not Our Politics), , 2016-06-20 01:12:08
2016/06/13Spiritual Formation as the Future of the Church, 2016-06-13 01:01:10
2016/06/06What it Takes to Be a Vital Church, 2016-06-06 01:01:21
2016/05/31She Looked So Good … On Paper, 2016-05-31 01:01:52
2016/05/23How Do I Learn What Seminary Didn’t Teach Me?, 2016-05-23 01:01:24
2016/05/16What Should a Governing Board Be Good At?, , 2016-05-16 01:01:30
2016/05/09Congregations as Political Systems, , , 2016-05-09 01:01:17
2016/05/02Is the Era of the “Program Church” Over?, , , , , , , 2016-05-02 01:01:46
2016/04/25Stepping up our Congregational Fundraising Game2016-04-25 01:01:39
2016/04/18Meeting and Voting Online, , , 2016-04-18 01:01:12
2016/04/11Spirituality and Congregational Life, 2016-04-11 01:01:44
2016/03/14The Default Congregation2016-03-14 01:01:45
2016/03/07Is It Ever the Right Time to Fire Someone?2016-03-07 01:01:05
2016/02/29What Does it Mean to Be Non-profit?, 2016-02-29 01:10:03
2016/02/22Want a Healthier Congregation? Start with Better Meetings, 2016-02-22 01:01:37
2016/02/15Living into a Both-And World2016-02-15 01:22:58
2016/02/08How to Fire an Employee, 2016-02-08 01:01:36
2016/02/01Revitalization, in a Pastor’s Own Words, , 2016-02-01 01:01:42
2016/01/25The Truth about Consensus, 2016-01-25 01:36:20
2016/01/18Boundaries and Partnership, 2016-01-18 01:43:30
2016/01/11Chaos Theory and Congregational Life, 2016-01-11 01:01:10
2015/12/28Congregational Culture is Crucial2015-12-28 01:49:26
2015/12/21What to Do When Nothing Works Anymore, 2015-12-21 01:19:57
2015/12/14What’s Your Brand?, , 2015-12-14 01:33:25
2015/12/07Three Marks of Healthy Congregations, 2015-12-07 01:39:49
2015/11/30Quick Wins, 2015-11-30 01:20:58
2015/11/22Why We Aren’t Learning, , 2015-11-22 01:01:38
2015/11/16Why Aren’t You a Pony?2015-11-16 01:01:43
2015/11/09How Boards Raise Money for Ministry, , 2015-11-09 04:50:00
2015/11/02Leadership in an Age of Polarization, , 2015-11-02 01:11:50
2015/10/26What I No Longer Believe about Congregations, , 2015-10-26 01:01:02
2015/10/19A Quick, Non-Expert Tutorial on Audits2015-10-19 01:01:41
2015/10/12Taming the Bureaucracy Beast, , , 2015-10-12 01:01:39
2015/10/05Does Sunday School Have a Future?, 2015-10-05 01:01:22
2015/09/28Handling the Hum of Bright Ideas, , 2015-09-28 01:01:16
2015/09/21Clergy in the Crossfire: Conflicts over Human Sexuality, 2015-09-21 01:10:32
2015/09/14Tending the Soul of the Institution, , 2015-09-14 01:58:17
2015/09/07(How) Will Millennials Change the Church?, 2015-09-07 01:07:41
2015/08/31Blame It on Polity, 2015-08-31 01:01:30
2015/08/24Goal-focused Evaluation, , 2015-08-24 01:01:36
2015/08/17How Do We Evaluate Performance?2015-08-17 01:11:39
2015/08/10The Rhythms of our Lives2015-08-10 01:01:25
2015/08/03How to “Just Try a Few Things”: Lean Experimentation, 2015-08-03 01:23:12
2015/07/27The Problem with Meetings, , 2015-07-27 01:01:03
2015/07/20Just Try a Few Things, 2015-07-20 01:34:12
2015/07/13Clergy Matter2015-07-13 01:07:57
2015/07/06Pondering a Map for Conversational Leadership2015-07-06 01:01:57
2015/06/29What It Takes to Revitalize the Mainline2015-06-29 01:01:37
2015/06/22Non-financial Conflicts of Interest, 2015-06-22 01:45:45
2015/06/15Do I Have Enough Influence?, 2015-06-15 02:25:30
2015/06/08Developing a Restorative Congregation2015-06-08 02:00:27
2015/06/01Stuck!, 2015-06-01 02:00:40
2015/05/26Who Owns a Congregation?, , 2015-05-26 01:00:50
2015/05/18Leading in an Age of All-or-Nothing Conflict, 2015-05-18 02:00:25
2015/05/11Noticing – Unhurried, Unafraid Curiosity2015-05-11 07:00:02
2015/05/04Working around Incompetence on the Team, , 2015-05-04 07:09:14
2015/04/27The Return of the Urban Congregation, 2015-04-27 03:00:38
2015/04/20“I Promise…”, , 2015-04-20 05:00:35
2015/04/13What to Say When Your Side Loses, , 2015-04-13 04:00:06
2015/04/06Valuing our “Agents of Stability”2015-04-06 02:00:58
2015/03/30What Size is Our Congregation?, 2015-03-30 02:00:19
2015/03/23Can Small Congregations Change?, 2015-03-23 06:31:00
2015/03/16Silo Mentality: Breaking Through to Collaboration, , , 2015-03-16 01:05:31
2015/03/09Who Is Sitting in the Meeting?2015-03-09 01:20:53
2015/03/02How to Spend Your Board’s Time, 2015-03-02 00:55:41
2015/02/23Discernment and Decision Making, 2015-02-23 05:10:06
2015/02/13Creating a New Image for Our Congregations, 2015-02-13 17:49:27
2015/02/08Rules for the Too-Busy, 2015-02-08 21:23:28
2015/01/29Who Speaks on Behalf of Soul?, , 2015-01-29 11:31:23
2015/01/25The Importance of Shared Identity and Purpose, 2015-01-25 15:10:16
2015/01/17The Post-Construction Blues, , 2015-01-17 15:02:59
2015/01/10Where’s Alban?2015-01-10 15:08:12
2015/01/02Calculating the Cost of Ministry2015-01-02 17:09:06
2014/12/28Will They Never Retire?, 2014-12-28 14:03:20
2014/12/19The Congregation as Community, 2014-12-19 17:12:01
2014/12/12Family or Institution?, 2014-12-12 15:42:59
2014/12/07Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First, 2014-12-07 14:27:54
2014/11/26“The tree this year is monkeys”, 2014-11-26 13:49:41
2014/11/20Rightsizing Teams2014-11-20 01:18:41
2014/11/12Why All God’s Children Need to Plant New Spiritual Communities, , 2014-11-12 16:55:19
2014/11/06Aligning our Congregational Systems, 2014-11-06 17:28:38
2014/11/01The Short List2014-11-01 15:22:06
2014/10/21Breaking Our Dependence on Praise, 2014-10-21 20:58:12
2014/10/15The Self-Organizing Congregation2014-10-15 18:23:09
2014/10/10Mobilizing for Ministry, 2014-10-10 17:49:12
2014/10/04Option 4: Secure an authorized lay pastor or locally ordained clergy2014-10-04 16:21:05
2014/10/04Option 6: End well2014-10-04 16:19:31
2014/10/04Option 5: Grow to a size where you can afford full-time clergy2014-10-04 16:19:25
2014/10/04Option 3: Join a multi-congregation cluster2014-10-04 16:19:21
2014/10/04Option 2: Merge with Other Congregations2014-10-04 16:17:43
2014/10/04Option 1: Shift from Full-time to Part-time Clergy2014-10-04 15:47:57
2014/10/04Crunch Time in Smaller Congregations, 2014-10-04 15:31:38
2014/09/26Three Traits of Effective Congregational Leaders, , 2014-09-26 17:31:15
2014/09/19You Disappointed Me, , 2014-09-19 10:59:38
2014/09/14Governance and Ministry: Why Worry?2014-09-14 20:06:34
2014/09/07Visual Cues, or Sometimes You Can Tell a Church By Its Cover, 2014-09-07 01:47:59
2014/09/01We Can See Clearly Now2014-09-01 08:00:10
2014/08/25Changing the Ending of our Conflict Stories, 2014-08-25 04:00:57
2014/08/18Succeeding in a Paid Position, 2014-08-18 01:00:03
2014/08/11Supervision Myth Busters, 2014-08-11 01:00:08
2014/08/04How do we practice change?, 2014-08-04 00:00:08
2014/07/28What Makes for a Strong Partnership?, 2014-07-28 01:00:05
2014/07/21Does Size Matter?, 2014-07-21 11:04:50
2014/07/09The Stories We Don’t Tell2014-07-09 14:56:54
2014/07/01How to Have a Better Conversation, , 2014-07-01 19:34:31
2014/06/28Four Ingredients of Successful Congregational Change, 2014-06-28 09:55:17
2014/06/21The Seminary Class of 20142014-06-21 10:09:31
2014/06/13How to Give Away Your Power, , 2014-06-13 08:30:56
2014/06/04It’s Time to Talk about Performance, 2014-06-04 17:01:32
2014/05/28What Should a Minister Be Good At?2014-05-28 15:18:12
2014/05/19Free to Discern, 2014-05-19 17:31:48
2014/05/13On Your Mark—Get Set—Stop—(and Reflect)—Plan, 2014-05-13 18:04:44
2014/05/08Why Lone Rangers Always Fail, 2014-05-08 17:43:11
2014/05/01The Rabbis, 2014-05-01 18:01:38
2014/04/23What Should a Congregation Be Good At?, 2014-04-23 16:28:49
2014/04/16The Opportunity of a Lifetime, 2014-04-16 15:36:50
2014/04/15Dr. David Brubaker joins the Consultants2014-04-15 16:52:08
2014/04/08“What’s Good about That?”, 2014-04-08 17:42:41
2014/04/03To Clients, Readers, Colleagues and Friends:2014-04-03 17:41:57
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