Good thoughts, John.
These exercises are helpful not only in an individual context but would stimulate some good reflection in a Peer Learning Group or mentoring relationship.
I think you are correct that the system is not working so well right now.
I hope some new ideas come forth in response to your thoughts.
Here's my two cents worth: Don'...posted on: The System
Great piece, George,
Readable and thought-provoking.
Thomas Niehofposted on: Lessons from the Junk Yard
Thanks for an interesting post on Paul's pastoral sense and strategy.
It's an interesting thesis: Paul learned gradually that local pastors have more influence than out-of-...posted on: Was Paul an Effective Church Leader?
Good thoughts, George.
I am reminded of Mark Wilson's comment about Paul's first missionary journey--when Paul and Barnabas were in Derbe (Acts 14:20) they were about one decent mountain...posted on: “Outreach” Must Have Two E's!
Right on, George!
I well remember being the featured speaker at the high school athletic banquet about three months into my first pastorate.
A few weeks later I spoke to their...posted on: Going Deep in the Pastorate
I serve on the Denominational Translation Review committee and we have not reviewed the 2011 NIV.
Generally, we don't do that unless a classis overtures for a translation to...posted on: Bible Translations - NIV2011?
When Trinity, Sparta, approached Synod and asked to transfer to Classis Minnkota the response from the majority of delegates was something like, "There is a place for churches that hold to the...posted on: Overtures 3 & 4: Laying Out the Debate
Sam raises some interesting points, and perhaps the "head-hunter" model needs to be given more consideration.
But the reality is that we have tried that to some extent, with MIS, and now...
1. It's not new. There is an incident from the life of Ben Franklin. Franklin's young pastor was accused of using someone else's sermons. Franklin's comment was, I'd rather he...