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Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Choose Unshakeable Joy

By: on February 23, 2024

      Our brains, a territory yet to be fully discovered, and underutilized.  I came face to face with truly understanding how very little we actually know about our own brains as a parent who has had to journey with all three of my children having some sort of neural divergence.  My oldest having…

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Clinging to Christ

By: on February 23, 2024

I started this Doctoral journey being very intentional about connecting the assigned readings to my NPO. There were a few books where it was a bit challenging to relate them to my research but in most cases I was able to find a point of connection. Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow was one of…

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Be Anxious for Nothing

By: on February 23, 2024

In this week’s writing, Edwin Friedman speaks to the anxiety of America and the emotional regression that ensues from a failure of leadership. Fast forward to 2024. It is hard to move the needle on the climate of America as there is still plenty of room for anxiety. A quick glance at today’s headlines and…

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Leading in an Anxious Culture 

By: on February 23, 2024

Anxiety and overwhelm weren’t big issues for me until recently, after a build-up of chronic stress that had me in the hospital almost every week for a year and a half. While everything in me wanted to focus on helping myself, there was always work to be done, so I did what any “hard worker”…

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Leading with Care: Dare to Be RARE

By: on February 23, 2024

“God’s sovereign searching of our hearts, and then His call to leadership, are awesome to behold. And they make a person very humble.” -Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder-   Allow me to start this article by reciting a poem entitled “The Pastor”: If he/she is young, he/she is considered to lack experience But if his/her…

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Looking into Jesus’ RARE brain…

By: on February 22, 2024

JESUS AND RARE LEADERSHIP In John chapter 8, the religious teachers show great disrespect to Jesus and those in the synagogue by interrupting Jesus’ teaching and bringing in a woman in front of the crowd who was caught in adultery.1 But Jesus is a RARE leader. According to Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder, RARE means:…

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Blame Displacement at Work and Home

By: on February 22, 2024

This week’s reading, A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman [1] came with high reviews, both from my lead mentor, Dr. Jason Clark and pastors who have utilized Freidman’s teachings in their ministry contexts. The word “utilizing” might be a bit of an understatement. “Those who have been transformed” might be more appropriate. The Very…

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Caught

By: on February 22, 2024

She was 16 and caught on camera in an act of vandalism. Details will not be shared to protect the guilty. My daughter admitted to some other behaviors she had been up to in the weeks leading up to that incident. She was devastated about all of it. Looking back, there was not one thing…

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Who’s Showing Up Today?

By: on February 22, 2024

For a little over a year, I’ve been meeting with a leadership coach, thanks to our assignments and reading Mining for Gold.[i] The person I currently meet with is retired from running several companies and spends much of his time coaching others and speaking at leadership conferences, which is where I met him. He is…

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The Unlikely Convergence of Soul Friends: A Return to Joy

By: on February 22, 2024

Several years ago, when teaching Kindergarten, I hosted Patio Nights before the start of each school year.  In the August heat, families enjoyed popsicles, met other families in our classroom community and best of all my incoming K students would come so we could begin getting to know one another, see their lockers, and go…

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Hope in the Manure Pile

By: on February 22, 2024

“They are stuck in their own manure pile, and they want everyone else to join them. They’re not even trying to get out; they just want to fling their poop around and pull people in!” I was figuratively talking about people who were playing the victim role (again). This was not the most articulate or…

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What Are You Going to Do About It?

By: on February 22, 2024

Reading A Failure of Nerve felt like crossing a threshold. It feels for some time I have been trying to find the best paths to navigate the anxieties that go hand in hand with life. A Failure of Nerve provided me that “Aha!” I couldn’t help but nod when reading the brief interaction between Steinke…

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And the young shall lead them

By: on February 21, 2024

I had a hard time getting started on this blog. It is not that I didn’t read or like Failure of Nerve by Edwin Freidman. On the contrary, it was one of the most thought provoking and compelling books that I have read in a long time. My problem was winnowing everything into what were…

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I’m RARELY This Disappointed in a Book!

By: on February 21, 2024

“To lead well, we need a new paradigm. That is precisely what we will be presenting…” (1). So begins a rather haphazard book that reads one-third leadership training, one-third Pastoring-in-1990-Evangelicalism and one-third sales-pitch for their ‘new’ leadership paradigm that may have been newish back in 2016, but certainly not unique. Rare Leadership in the Workplace…

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Set Apart for Such a Time As This

By: on February 21, 2024

Introduction Courageous leadership requires grit, humility, and perseverance. It isn’t for the faint of heart and is one of my favorite leadership qualities to study, perhaps because my own courage ebbs and flows sometimes. In his book, Failure of Nerve, author Edwin Friedman utilizes the tried-and-true Bowen Family Systems Model and applies it to organizations.…

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Threshold Failure

By: on February 21, 2024

It’s been over ten years now since I served at Metanoia Community Development Corporation.  I started as Director of Elementary Leadership program just after coming back to the United States from South Korea. I’d spent a year teaching at a Christian school in Incheon, and wanted to continue working in a faith based environment.  The…

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There is Always a But…

By: on February 21, 2024

Thirty years ago, I was promoted to be the CEO of a seafood distribution company based out of Reno, Nevada. It was a big promotion and one I was ready to take on. There was a corporate umbrella over it, which owned 3 other branches over two states. There was one man who owned the…

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A Recovering People-Pleaser Pastors a Church

By: on February 21, 2024

Hi. My name is Ryan and I’m a people pleaser. Its been less than one day since I tried to please someone else without evaluating my own values, needs or limits. I’ve been in recovery for some time now, constantly attempting to regulate my desire to help others (introducing me, a “2” on the enneagram)…

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Flip the Script

By: on February 21, 2024

The interim pastor told me they behaved similarly to emotionally abused victims he had counseled many times before. Most of the staff and many in the congregation acted like families he had seen where dad had a bad anger problem; when he lost his temper, he became emotionally and verbally abusive. Abused by whom? Their…

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