Category Archives: Organization

The Case for the System

I’m a very systems and process oriented person. So much so that I sometimes have difficulty focusing on the smaller details of things. I care less about the details and more about how the details connect and where the details are going. Any one detail by itself is powerless, but when coupled with other detailsContinue Reading

Leadership and Organization

I’m attracted to church leadership and organization like a moth is drawn to flame. I know some people find it terribly boring, but I find it completely fascinating. I get enchanted just looking at it. The similarities with fire are almost scary. It moves and changes, comes in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. ItContinue Reading

Who Owns a Church, Addendum

This isn’t really a part of the series, but I had an “a-ha” moment when reading Hotchkiss’s article that had to do with decision making process and why popular vote is a bad way to go. We all know that there are times when tough decisions have to be made in church. As a leader,Continue Reading

Who Owns a Church, Part 4

Now, at this point the title of the series doesn’t exactly match, but since it’s a series I want to run with it. Regardless of who is supposed to make decisions or what group of people are given the responsibility for finalizing those decisions, something has to be said about HOW that group should functionContinue Reading

Who Owns a Church?

In the April 21st, 2008 edition of The Alban Institute’s weekly newsletter, Dan Hotchkiss asks the question “Who owns a congregation?” The answer seems simple. We all want to say something like “God” or “Jesus”, and from a theological perspective we would be right. But what about the way we act? How about the wayContinue Reading

Brazil, Day 1

I arrived in Belo Horizonte yesterday at about noon.  We’re two hours ahead here than Eastern U.S. time (until Sunday), so the difference isn’t too bad.  It is odd being ahead of time, however, when I’m used to traveling and gaining hours as I cross time zones instead of loosing them. My initial impressions wereContinue Reading