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When Jesus Guides: Together

Our best identity is not found in exploration of self independent from others, but self in relationship to others. Here are at least four ways in which Jesus guidance will lead to us to live more deeply as and with community.

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When Jesus Guides: Conforming

The basic guidance that Jesus as Lord gives through his Word and Spirit to us as a community include 1) the call to conformity, 2) the call to service, and 3) the call to community. In this article I will focus on the first. 

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Getting Started on Leadership

In Leadership we position ourselves in relationship to God and others for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  Some basic relatively simple principles keep us on the right track. 

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On Vision: A Brief Reflection

Vision is a way of helping us stay focused on the central mission of the church’s life. Vision is a journey of change, not a destination. Read more about vision in this article. 

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Pastoral Evaluations and the Elder

There is no doubt that the process of evaluation can be helpful in the growth of a pastor and in the mutual ministry of pastors and elders. Yet, it may get tricky for a whole lot of reasons. Let me pick up on two aspects of the dilemma. 

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Wise to Elephants in the Room

No elder will ever get through a period in office without facing the dynamics of family dysfunctions. Understanding these dysfunctions help us gain relational wisdom in congregational life. It essentially comes down to a few questions.

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The Home Visit: Preparation & Guidelines

Home visitation allows the office bearer to encourage spiritual development among members of the congregation. I prepared the following materials for the elders of my previous congregation to use as a guideline in making home visits.

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Getting Started as a First-Time Elder

Every community has its habits. They are so ordinary that no one either questions them or names them. But for someone walking into the room for the first time they are the first encounters into a new world. What are you supposed to do as a first-time elder?

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Leadership, Respecting People, Motivation

Leaders need to be aware of our tendency to let fear and control undermine God’s intention to liberate and restore our humanity including such things as participation, taking responsibility, creativity, and the freedom to explore. How can we do this?

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Spiritual Formation: Becoming Like Christ

When a person chooses to live with God, there is a consequence. God chooses to transform her life. Knowledge grows. Faith increases. The fruits of the Spirit become evident. For all the differences between people, there is a similarity in the work that the Spirit does in our lives.

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