Who are the emerging leaders of our time?

A colleague of mine continually refers to the emerging leaders in the church. When he speaks of them, he is referring to those under 40 who are finding their voice in the church in new ways. In a recent meeting, I challenged him on his definition, because I believe that people of all ages can…

Pastor’s Annual Report – January 2014

It is typical in the church to put together an annual report to the congregation. It is a way of looking back so that we can see more clearly how to move forward in the coming year. Below are my renderings fo the past year and what I look forward to in 2014. As I…

Pastor’s Letter – September 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This September is a big month for me. It is the month that I enter the third act of life. I have been thinking about this important milestone for the past year. I have moved through times when I just wanted it to pass unnoticed to throwing a big…

In the Pursuit of Happiness

“If you want others to be happy practice compassion; and if you want yourself to be happy practice compassion.” — spoken by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, co-authored by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M. D.

View of a Leader

“A leader is someone who unites people to work towards a common goal. A leader is someone who creates collaboration.” “Choose your battlefields.” –Spoken by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia in an interview found in How Great Women Lead by Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane A good leader is someonewho can remain strong even…

Obstacles to Change

The power of the subtle and systemic forces that exist in virtually all organizations can be easily underestimated.  That is why Kotter states: “The rule of thumb in a major change effort is: Never underestimate the magnitude of the forces that reinforce complacency and help to maintain the status quo.” –expressed by John P. Kotter…

Something to Ponder

“Pain is necessary, suffering is optional.” — spoken by Jennifer Grey

A Wise Observation

“When you don’t know who you are, chances are you don’t know what you want. When you don’t know what you want, there is no chance for you to get it.” –from Peace, From broken Pieces written by Iyania Vanzant

Two Mantras

Our mantra might be “If it is difficult and demanding, then maybe it is of the Spirit.” Another mantra might be “When the promise is clear and the cost vague, watch out, the evil one may be wooing you. But when the cost is clear and the promise is vague–yet there is something alluring, something…

Pastor’s Letter – July 2013 – Peripheral Vision

Dear Friends in Christ, I have been playing a game on my tablet called Marble Saga. The game consists of a series of colored marbles that go around a variety of mazes. The goal is to clear the marbles before the front marble falls into a hole. When the stream of marbles does reach the…