C-Rationing

C-Rationing

Sorry to begin this serious article with a not-so-serious pun, but my title works on three levels: 1) a small portion of unappetizing food, 2) issued in times of war, and 3) the word ration used to mean “reason.” So, I am offering a small morsel of thought to a church at war with itself, that offers a slightly different reasoning.

Is it just insecurity, or Imposter Syndrome that you’re experiencing?

Is it just insecurity, or Imposter Syndrome that you’re experiencing?

I thought it was just me. I used to believe I was the only one who overvalued others while undervaluing oneself, who downplayed my worth and contribution, who believed “they’re just tolerating me,” and who felt unworthy. Then I began to coach. I’ve encountered highly brilliant, intelligent, and motivated leaders who had these same characteristics. Impostor…

The Church Must Tackle Its Real Estate Crisis

The Church Must Tackle Its Real Estate Crisis

Originally published in the United Methodist News Service While The United Methodist Church debates societal issues — LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, welcome of refugees and the like — its congregations’ real estate is eating away at the denomination and threatening its viability. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 75 to 100 houses of worship were closing…

Violence Against Asian Americans: Repent For Our Silence

Violence Against Asian Americans: Repent For Our Silence

Tuesday’s series mass murder of six Asian American women is both heinous and indicative of a larger systemic problem. We mourn each of these women’s senseless deaths and stand with their families in their grief but not in disbelief. Compounding this anti-Asian hate crime is the blatant misogyny and anti-woman violence that women of color…

A Tent-Making Economy

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…

Leading in Uncertainty: Systems Thinking is the New Strategic Planning

Leading in Uncertainty: Systems Thinking is the New Strategic Planning

When I was a young, new parent, I tried to “lead” my young eldest child by reading parenting books about discipline and applying said reading to my child. I did exactly what the book said to do but did NOT get the results the book promised. I followed the plan. It was supposed to be…

Why You Should Not Be Worrying About Strategic Planning Anymore

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…

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