Category: Church Leadership


Rooted in the past, but is there a future?

When I read the USA Today article I was hoping I had time-traveled back deep into the previous century.  A few weeks ago a Southern Baptist Church in Mississippi refused to allow an African American couple to be married in its…

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Super Evangelism Opportunity XLVI

I’m not sure if you heard, but the Super Bowl was yesterday.  In the last 10 days, some 150,000 visitors came to downtown Indianapolis to be part of the festivities in Super Bowl Village.  That’s great for Indy tourism, but…

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Get out of debt!

One of the best things to come out of the economic downturn of the last four years is that consumers are working hard to get out of debt.  The Federal Reserve reported that last year the amount of debt held…

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What Is Your Church’s Mission?

Coming down the new and improved Route 8 north of Akron I see a lot of companies I understand, like Schwebel’s Bakery or all of the hotels and gas stations.  But there was one with an interesting name that I…

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Lessons From a 3-Day Walk

Yesterday my wife Chris wrapped up her participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  From early Friday morning until yesterday afternoon she and about 1,000 others walked 60 miles around western Cuyahoga County. Many of you are…

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Capital Campaign Help

I have a hunch that there are lots of churches in our Conference that have put off capital campaigns in the last four years or so.  With a struggling economy and plate income a challenge, it just did not seem…

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Of Casinos and Rain Outs

If you want to rile up some United Methodists bring up either casino gambling or the use of Native Americans as mascots.  Today I’m doing both.  I hope you’ll look past these offenses to find the message behind my post….

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Realigning to normal

Last week I heard a business guru give his tool to assess the success of small businesses given the difficult economy the last few years. “If you’re still open, you’re a success.”  But then he admonished them to get out…

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You can’t be too safe

It has become a key phrase in our society:  “You can’t be too safe.”  This notion when it comes to raising children prompted Lenore Skenazy to write Free Range Kids, a book and now a blog.  In it, she reminds…

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Value of a Friend: $118

Mastercard’s “Priceless” ad campaign is world-famous and fairly well satirized at this point.  In those ads you might expect to see Friendship identified as “Priceless.”  But a survey by the Gallup folks in 1998 puts a definite value on friendship, $118. …

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