A Tent-Making Economy
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A Tent-Making Economy

I’m worried. I mean, I’m REALLY worried. In the late 1970s, I remember the shifts in the economy that were forcing steel mills in the mid-Atlantic region to close. Steel production was moving overseas, and the US could no longer compete with cheaper Chinese steel. Workers were being laid off and would have to retrain…

Why You Should Not Be Worrying About Strategic Planning Anymore
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Why You Should Not Be Worrying About Strategic Planning Anymore

Strategic planning is so 2001. Seriously, the late 1990’s and early 2000’s saw a shift away from pure long-term strategic planning. Corporations recognized that technology’s effect on the business environment was an accelerated pace of change. Logically what followed was that any strategic plans beyond three months into the future were not helpful. So how…

Seven Trends to Watch in 2021
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Seven Trends to Watch in 2021

Originally published in The Christian Citizen Now that we’re well into 2021, we’ve discovered that all the problems of 2020 didn’t just magically go away, alas. We can expect 2021 to maintain continuity with 2020, and in fact, carry forward the trends that have led us to where we are today. Buckle up, it’s going…

Being Heard: Preaching and Appreciative Inquiry
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Being Heard: Preaching and Appreciative Inquiry

It is a profound thing to be heard – really heard – to tell your story to someone who listens deeply, without judgment. Deep listening is transformative. It causes a shift for people, from one state of being to another.  Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a way of getting people to talk and listen in a…

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“Why can’t that be the real world?”

Aaron Sorkin’s creations (“The West Wing,” “Moneyball,” “The Newsroom” to name a few) have a common thread. Their lead characters each possess a ‘transcendent ideal.’ That is, they each have been captured by a vision of what “could be” and can no longer tolerate the status quo. Therefore they fully invest themselves in what they…

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Is Facebook Removing Church Videos?

Over the weekend, there was much chatter about Facebook removing videos and even shutting down worship services because of a changed policy regarding pre-recorded music and copyright restrictions. This, of course, is terribly concerning, because Facebook Live has been found by most of us to be the best, most efficient way of reaching our congregations…

Three Reasons Why Email is Still Best
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Three Reasons Why Email is Still Best

These days a lot of us have all of our eggs in the Facebook basket, and it’s dangerous to do so. Facebook is the largest platform out there: all of our church members are there, all of our friends, people we’ve met at conferences and on vacation… it seems to be the one-stop shop if we want to be in touch with as many people as possible. So why would it be dangerous to have all our “eggs” there? And what’s the alternative?

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