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7 Signs of Ministry Burnout

Originally published at digitalpastor.org by Pastor David Hanson, LEAD Strategic Projects Burnout is a real threat in ministry. It’s not just a question of long hours. It is also the extent to which those in ministry pour themselves fully into work – it is emotionally, spiritually, and mentally exhausting. And that’s when things are going […]

When the Beloved Church is Cruel

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director We have all had our feelings hurt from time to time or occasionally felt a bruised ego. That’s not what I am talking about today. I want to offer a moment for us to pause for those (including ourselves?) whom have been truly beaten up by the church. When […]

Happy 2020! Let’s go!

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director A fresh start. Carrying the past forward, but still, a fresh start. Focus on three actions as you set your intentions for a new year. (Skip the resolutions. More on this below.) First, focus on loving God, yourself, and the people around you. Before you stop reading because this […]

Your end-of-the-year gift has the power to grow your church.

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Pastor Kathy Ierien from Good Shepherd in Wilmington, Delaware surprised me with an email: We are telling stories and inviting people to think about what is possible in the future. We have clear core values and authentic connection to the neighborhood. So much of this comes from our work […]

A new beginning…as a stand-alone nonprofit with you!

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director When the design team met seven years ago, we had no idea our vision would become an international leadership organization, much less that we would have the chance to become a stand-alone nonprofit. In those early days, we ran in every direction with little clarity, but with a willingness […]

A Gift List for Leaders

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director A planner. Our team is trying Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner for the first quarter of the year. Last year I fell in love with my Passion Planner. There are tons of planners on the market. Choose the one that works best for you. Then use it. Planning is […]

How are you doing?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director #mentalillnessmonday Everyone knows the gut-wrenching pain of a hard time. I am sure you have noticed, we are living through one in our world right now. When going to school is a life-threatening experience for students of all ages When going through a divorce When living with or accompanying […]

Talking about Worship…

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director As we prepare for Christmas, it’s a good time to remember that what we say matters. I visit congregations from different denominations all across the country. In response to experiences that have been repeated over and over, I want to share these 6 tips for welcoming new people to […]

The Holiday Season Marathon

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday This week marks the first week of the season of Advent, a time of expectant hope and preparation. It’s also the week after Thanksgiving in the United States, a time of sluggish recovery for many as we engage the marathon that is the holiday season. The end of […]

We thank you God

We thank you God For the Risk-takers. For the seed that risks dying For the farmer who risks the weather For the fisher who risks the sea For all who risk that others may bloom. For those who know that Only when we risk Can we feed the hungry, Clothe the vulnerable, And welcome the […]

Stop. Breathe. And Be.

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday It’s necessary for me to stop, breathe, and be. Engaging in work that demands my entire being to show up also requires that my entire being rests. As we enter into a season of preparation that Christians call Advent and society calls the Holiday season, May we all […]

Time to Pray

by Dan Kuckuck, Pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran, Urbandale, IA & LEAD Consultant It occurred to my wife and me a few months ago that we wanted to be more intentional about including some faith practices in our home life. Our daughter Olivia is about two and a half, and at the age when she’s […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday This time of year is hard for many people. Days are shorter and light is fleeting. The warmth of summer transitions to the crispness of fall, which then fades away into the coldness of winter. The holidays, while a time of celebration for many, can bring up many […]

Mental Health and Wellness of Clergy Leaders

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday There is not a lot of research on mental health and wellness of clergy leaders. In 2008, the Clergy Health Initiative was created at Duke Divinity School to focus on the development of a resilient, well-informed cadre of United Methodist pastors as skilled in the care of themselves […]

Not my habit. Or, maybe it is.

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director I love fresh starts. As people of faith, we get one every morning when we wake up. Every Sunday. Every new month. Every new season. You get it – pick a day and shift habits that give life. Have you noticed we are all pushing the practices we know […]

Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday All of us have heard the metaphor often used when describing self care – put on your oxygen mask before helping another with their oxygen mask. Taken from the flight attendants’ instructions during the safety demonstration on flights, this example has long been held up as the way […]

Advent Intentions 2019-Relationships

I intend to spend this day with all the curiosity and imagination that God gave me. I intend to spend this day in relationship with God and all of God’s creation. I intend to share my joy. by Lynn Willis, LEAD Spiritual Director This Advent, LEAD is once again inviting you to spend time in […]

Concealing Mental Pain

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” C.S. Lewis, The Problem […]

Cultural Connection: The Home Altar

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director I’ve had so many people to pray for this year that lighting one candle didn’t feel like enough, so I started a new ritual – our family prayer candles. Singing Every Table Is an Altar at worship, then having my grandchildren for lunch and lighting the candles with them […]

Just Be Present

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday One of the things I heard frequently from some of those closest to me during my last depressive episode was, “I just don’t understand what you’re dealing with and why it’s so hard for you to pull it together.” I never faulted them for thinking this as I […]

Are you in the way?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director I ask myself this question every time my voice is louder, more frequent or speaking as an expert. When our hope is to empower others, the way we are showing up as leaders may be our biggest problem. We have seen: Pastors or lay leaders who mean well yet […]

Equipping Student Leaders

by Jessica Noonan, LEAD Director of Operations “What is Camp Hope?” Webinar Wednesday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. CST via Zoom. “How have you grown as a leader through your involvement in Camp Hope?” This was my favorite question to ask returning high school students at their Camp Hope Day Camp staff interviews. To me, […]

Mental Health Check Up

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant #mentalillnessmonday When was the last time you had an emotional and/or mental health check up? While often used interchangeably, mental and emotional health are not the same. “Mental health refers to your ability to process information. Emotional health, on the other hand, refers to your ability to express feelings […]

In Search of Paul: Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece

by The Rev. Dr. Don Carlson, Pilgrimage Host Travel dates: April 14-30, 2020 – Registration closes October 1, 2019 “For too long we’ve read Scripture with 19th century eyes and 16th century questions. It’s time we get back to reading with 1st century eyes and 21st century questions.” – N.T. Wright Walking through ancient Philippi, […]

Is there ANY good news?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director At the turn of the century it was predicted that people in the city of New York would literally be drowning in manure due to the number of horses on the streets. (Yes, the late 1800s.) The birth of the automobile saved us from this fate. The threat was […]

Behind the Smile

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant and author of Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World I’ve been thinking a lot lately about accepting the parts of ourselves that we wish weren’t so… Leadership is hard. So many of us know this to be true. Some of the best leaders are […]

What’s the Next Step?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director This is a discipleship question. Just had a visitor at church…what’s next? How is our congregation making meaningful connections with our guests so they feel invited into partnership? What are the ways we can build relationships with people who are brave enough to show up, without ignoring them or […]

Beat the “Building Blues”

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director I hear these laments everywhere I go: We are trapped by deferred maintenance. The last building campaign fell short, so the debt is killing us. We can raise money for the building but not for ministry. We want to build but we’re not sure why. We are raising money […]

The Shift from Slump to Fantastic

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director There is this moment between doing nothing and doing something to pay attention to. That moment when every part of you (or maybe just me) feels like it’s going to be rough to ramp up, to get a spark of energy that drives the future. The question is, what […]

Fall is Still the Beginning of My Year

by Jinny Sutherland Breedlove, LEAD Strategic Projects This past May, the youngest of my four children graduated from high school. After 24 years of having a child in our public school system, I’m no longer beholden to that calendar. However, I still can’t help but think of this as the beginning of the year. January […]

#LEADReads

by David Hansen, LEAD Strategic Projects LEAD is excited to announce #LEADReads   A project to help leaders like you in your quest to continue to grow. Think of it like a book club for awesome ministry leaders. I remember when LEAD was launching, Peggy Hahn, Chris Hicks, and Vonda Drees went around the Gulf […]

Please

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Please, we beg you: skip the well-read sermon. If you get to speak in front of people, face to face, each week, and they are showing up, AND you are reading the sermon, STOP. They deserve more. Memorizing the sermon is probably not getting us there either. I love […]

Why Watching the Dog Doesn’t Work

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director When Dewayne and I got married, I discovered that his dog was a remarkable predictor of his behavior. I was new to this household and the lab offered me a guide to navigating what felt like a foreign culture to me. His behavior and expectations provided me with a […]

Responding to Neighborhood Needs with Camp Hope

by Jessica Noonan, LEAD Director of Operations  St. James Lutheran Church/Santiago Apóstol in Houston, Texas is passionate about the neighborhood where they are planted. They have developed strong partnerships with their neighbors and have a clear understanding of the needs that the community itself has identified. How did this happen? First, they listened. What did […]

Spiritual Practice. Just that.

This summer, LEAD is inviting you to truly appreciate all of God’s gifts through the spiritual practice of intention. A spiritual practice is just that. Practice. The more it is practiced, the deeper and more fulfilling it feels. We are delighted that so many people are practicing being aware and living with God through LEAD’s intentions […]

Big Bang of Pentecost

Out of a small, locked nucleus of a room– God! Light Sound a Force Field of energy Cannot be contained Cannot be exclusive Cannot be stopped And the cosmos is never the same again.   May God fill our locked nucleus-hearts Till they explode open With love that Cannot be contained Cannot be exclusive Cannot […]

With

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director The Dalai Lama tells us that “The ultimate source of happiness is within us.” (The Book of Joy) My Hindu neighbor tells me that “True consciousness is waking up to God within us.” My Christian mantra is “The Lord be with you.” And the response is “And also with […]

What Is Wrong with the Church

Originally published at digitalpastor.org by Pastor David L Hansen, LEAD Director of Communication and Innovation We’ve all seen the numbers. Across our country, church attendance is in decline. Liberal churches and progressive churches, traditional churches and contemporary churches, liturgical churches and praise and worship churches. It is affecting everyone. Which begs the question: What is […]

Each One Ask One

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Ask yourself this question: who invited you into leadership? Better yet, ask yourself this: who are you inviting into leadership? Each one of us need to invite ONE other person into professional ministry. Or be an over-achiever and extend the invitation to more than one. The ELCA is having […]

KonMari@church?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Does the space you worship God in each week reflect God’s joy to all that gather? Do the nursery, restrooms, classrooms, and hallways reflect God’s joy to all that pass through them? Does the church office reflect God’s joy to all that serve and are served daily in those […]

Christ Is Risen!

CHRIST IS RISEN! Not as a broken victim. Not as an angry avenger. But in Jesus’ third way: with dignity, compassion and love. Let’s set an intention to walk in Jesus’ third way: with dignity for all compassion for all and love for all. And we ask God to help us. Amen by Lynn Willis, […]

Yoga anyone?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director It is noisy in my head. When I worship, I am struggling to silence the noise. When I pray, I interrupt myself with thoughts that keep bubbling up. I know one of my flaws is endless thinking that leaves me with less space for being. I want to grow […]

Lenten Leadership

by David Hansen, LEAD Director of Communication & Innovation  Lent began with Ash Wednesday – a worship service that is built around a comprehensive confession and act of repentance. As leaders, we too often forget the importance of this central act of our faith. Confessing our errors. Asking for forgiveness. And then repenting – changing the […]

Listening

by Dan Kuckuck, Pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran, Urbandale, IA and a LEAD Consultant Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.  — Parker […]

Money is NOT the Problem

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Fear of funding ministry is a blackhole for leaders as they move from awareness to concern to panic. I am constantly confronted by people on this downward path who are over-focused on this lag metric as a priority for their work in the church. Shifting the conversation to God’s […]

A Leadership Opportunity for Youth

by Jinny Sutherland Breedlove, Camp Hope consultant How are you growing student leaders? For many churches, the answer is: “We aren’t. It’s not that we don’t want to, we just don’t know how.” Building a leadership pipeline can be a critical first step. A leadership pipeline is an intentional way of developing leaders. It involves […]

Who’s Welcome at Your Leadership Table?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director This is not a rhetorical question. Who do you see as leaders and future leaders of your ministry? LGBTQIA people are pushed out when a church body votes to limit their leadership.  We are also pushing people out if there is an affirming vote without changing expectations to make room […]

Your Church: A Seminary?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director People are learning something at your church. It may be intentional or accidental, or a bit of both, but people are learning: How to act at church. How people at your church engage the larger world. How people at your church pray, study scripture and worship. How people at your […]

What’s trending?

by Lynn Willis, LEAD Spiritual Director Tiny houses, minimalism, and even Marie Kondo’s bestselling book and TV show about tidying up! It seems like more and more of us are craving some simplicity in our lives. Some of us are rejecting any difficult concepts in an effort to simplify. Scientific complexities, difficult transitions, and even […]

Who has a key to your church?

By Jessica Noonan, Director of Operations – LEAD “Who has a key to your church?” I asked, and the whole youth and family ministry team laughed. The question I should have asked is, “Who doesn’t have a key to your church?” They laughed because it’s common knowledge in their congregation that everyone has 24-7 access […]

Bibliotheca-What’s on Your List?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director What are you reading? This is a real question. You can share your lists in the comments at the bottom of the post on the website/blog or on Facebook. I really want to know! I read 66 books last year (that’s not counting articles or videos). Some were better than […]

Intensive Learning – Building New Habits

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD-Executive Director LEAD is offering a series of intensive learning opportunities this year. We are taking all we have learned in the past six years and putting it out there so you can access it from the comfort of your own phone, computer or tablet. Why? Because habits are difficult to transform […]

Inviting

by David Hansen, LEAD Director of Communication & Innovation Many congregations are “welcoming.” In fact, more often than not, congregations go out of their way to describe how “friendly” they are. I suspect that if we were to ask, 90% of US congregations would describe themselves as more friendly than the average congregation. The thing about […]

Foundations of a Leader’s Influence

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD-Executive Director Take a few deep breaths. Inhaling the Holy Spirit blowing through our lives can remind us of three things that are foundational: We are already loved and good enough. We can love ourselves. (Read this one over and over. Influence starts here.) We can love the people we lead. (Gulp. […]

For Your Church Too

by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director, LEAD Before you make your final end of the year gifts, read this. “When I first came to this congregation, I knew there was a lot of opportunity, but I didn’t know where to start. The LEAD Journey has given us a vision for the future, skills to achieve that […]

Calling all Leaders!

by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director – LEAD Calling all leaders to join us in our vision for 2019! LEAD has received a $10,000 challenge grant from our amazing Board of Directors because they believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit, leaders grow churches! LEAD has been working directly with 80+ congregations across the […]

Thanksgiving Blessing 2018

Come to the table, We are thankful for new faces and new smiles. Come to the feast, We are thankful for new foods and new ways. Come to the conversation, We are thankful to learn from your wisdom. Come to peace, We are thankful for the stories of the paths you have walked. We are […]

Vote

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director, and Kristen Krueger, PhD, LEAD Consultant I stood in line for two hours to vote today as early voting opened. The very act of voting is one way to advocate for your faith as we stand in solidarity with those who have fought for this right. The trajectory of […]

A New Voice for Grandparents

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD-Executive Director I don’t know what is more beautiful – holding your new grandbaby or watching your children become parents. The sweetness of a new little life and the over-tired commitment of young parents in love with their baby are some of the best things life has to offer. With new parents […]

What is Church Growth?

by Pastor David Hansen, Director for Innovation and Communication – LEAD Originally published at digitalpastor.org What is Church Growth? As we enter into – or begin to acknowledge – a new era in the life of the church, words like growing church get tossed around by church leaders. Or maybe you hear about congregational vitality, or […]

On a Quest: Listening to God

Serving 78 Congregations on The LEAD Journey, LEAD is still on a quest to listen to God. 6 years in, here are 6 things LEAD is learning from you: RISK Everything starts with people who are willing to take a risk. Leadership means sticking your neck out. Literally sticking your neck outside of your comfort […]

Advent Intentionally: LEAD’s 2018 Advent Resources

I intend to spend this Advent day with all the curiosity, generosity, and hope that God gave me. I intend to spend this day with God. I intend to share my joy. Welcome to LEAD’s 2018 Advent Resources – Advent Intentionally Each year during Advent and Lent, LEAD provides FREE print-ready contemplative liturgies, with readings from the Revised Common […]

When Caring Is Killing Us

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director At my doctor’s appointment this week, I notice my doctor looks worse than I do. Doc: How are you? Me: Exhausted. How are you? Doc: Exhausted. We give each other a knowing smile. But is that ok? Living exhausted will kill you. So, I push her, as she looks […]

Smelly Church

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director What is that smell? Walking into churches across the country, I am struck by three things: hospitality of the people hospitality of the building hospitality of the experience Oddly enough, all three are impacted by what I can only call: The Church Smell. You are probably used to or […]

It’s Fall! What can we learn from school?

by Erin Storm, with Sanctuary (formerly Houston Lutheran Campus Ministry) In my work in campus ministry, I discovered that LEAD and campus ministry are partners in mission, working in different realms, yet anchored by similar practices and goal. And guess what? You are too! Let me show you what I mean. On campus we are called […]

Alarming Faith

by Pastor David Hansen, Director for Innovation and Communication – LEAD Originally published at digitalpastor.org “How can I grow in faith?”  This is one of the key questions that pastors often help people to answer. How to grow deeper in relationship with God – how to have a faith that transforms our lives and makes […]

Hurricane Harvey: Reflections

by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant Disasters. Whether they are personal disasters or natural disasters, we all experience them. Personal disasters can include the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the diagnosis of an illnessor the loss of a job. Natural disasters may be floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, or more, and […]

Christian Leadership-Always a Holy Experiment

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Just try something new. What if we stopped asking “What is the worst that could happen?” and started asking “What amazing thing might happen?” This is the leadership mindset* that opens us up to God moving through us and our world. Imagine the possibilities if we started experimenting our […]

Walking a labyrinth: a visit to the grocery store

Excerpt from Work Out Guide, by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director This is an invitation to be mindful; to experience something familiar in a new way. How many times do you think about your grocery store as a labyrinth? I don’t mean “a complicated, irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult […]

Camp Hope-the Power of Leading

If youth aren’t leading, they’re leaving. -Lyle Griner, National Peer Ministry Director People often ask “how can we keep youth in the church” and the answer is simple: invite them into leadership and support them along the journey. When people know they are indispensable, they stick around. They use their gifts. This is true for […]

Throw Away Your Mission Statement

Originally published at digitalpastor.org by Pastor David L Hansen, Director of Communication and Innovation – LEAD Every church I know of has a mission statement. Your church probably has a mission statement. And the first thing I think you need to do with that mission statement is throw it away. Out of Date Often mission […]

How do you measure what matters?

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Many (most) congregations choose to count people in pews and bucks in the offering plate every week, but there are at least two big problems with these metrics: They don’t really tell you anything about how you are growing disciples and raising up Christian leaders. By the time you […]

Dear PBS

by Kristen Krueger, PhD – LEAD Consultant & Director of Student Leadership “Dear PBS, I don’t think the Cat in the Hat shows respect. Because every time Nick takes a picture, Sally says “great photo Nick!” but every time Sally takes a picture Nick says “Next time I get to take the picture.” Just because […]

Embodied Faith: The ELCA Youth Gathering

by Rozella Haydée White, Creator/Consultant with LEAD The ELCA Youth Gathering brings together over 30,000 people – youth and adults – for times of worship, learning, service, reflection, and community. This is not just an event. This is an experience that practices embodied faith. The Youth Gathering models what life would look like if we […]

In Search of Paul

By Rev. Dr. Don Carlson, host of LEAD’s In Search of Paul pilgrimage Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, set in River City, Iowa in 1912, opens with a group of traveling salesmen riding the Rock Island Line. They agree on one thing; to be a good salesman, “You gotta know the territory!” After hosting five […]

Praying as a Family

excerpt from Faithful Metrics by Peggy Hahn It’s the people who love me and whom I love that give my life meaning. For me, sitting at the table with my parents, my children, and my grandchildren provides a window into what makes a meaningful life of faith. We often wait with hot plates of food […]

Leverage

By Peggy Hahn The tipping point is never one action. That is a myth. It is a result of persistence, the gradual effort that feels thankless at the time but ultimately adds up. One conversation at a time, one sermon each week, one leadership retreat each year, these are what shift culture over time. The […]

Hard times? Show up!

by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Everyone knows the gut-wrenching pain of a hard time. I am sure you have noticed, we are living through one in our world right now. When going to school is a life-threatening experience for students of all ages When going through a divorce When living with or accompanying terminal […]

A Summer of Intentions

Summer is a great time to truly appreciate God’s gifts to us. This summer, LEAD is offering 20 short daily reflections that are totally free for you to use and share. Each day includes a suggested focus, a Bible verse, and ideas for ways to share your experience. You can even sign up to receive […]

Pentecost Blessing

As the third Person of the Trinity blows into our hearts today, May we feel the imagination of the Creator, The compassion of the Christ, And the motivation of the Spirit. May we feel the energy of this complex Trinity God within us – always giving, always receiving. A God who cherishes diversity. And, as […]

A Word on Seasons

by Rozella White, founder of RHW Consulting, and creator, consultant with LEAD For some of us, spring has sprung. I am in a location where we are experiencing beautiful days – the mornings are cool, the days are warm, and the evenings are alive with cicadas. There is NO humidity, which for those of us […]

6 Objections to Online Ministry

  by David Hansen, Director of Communication & Innovation, LEAD I have been privileged to be able to help congregations and leaders across the country work on how they communicate. In particular, I have often taught about social media and online tools for ministry. In doing this, I have heard the same objections over and […]

What frame are you holding?

by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director – LEAD I am a leader carrying an ancient frame into a fast-changing world. The people I serve are beautiful, faithful, stuck, and stubborn. Many of them love a God who is part of a worldview from the industrial age. They cannot envision a God who is on the loose […]

Fully human. Incarnational.

by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director, LEAD The goal can’t be quality, not for people anyway. It needs to be humanity. The rough edges of caring, of improv and of connection. – Seth Godin Let excellence go. Focus on relationships. On being a human being, connected more deeply than we will ever realize to other people. […]

we are Easter people and our song is yes!

Yes to walking humbly (Palm Sunday) Yes to the earth’s gifts – water and bread and wine (Last Supper) Yes to loving one another (the new commandment) Yes to non-violence (in the garden of Gethsemane) Yes to forgiveness (on the cross) Yes to trust and even to death (Good Friday) Yes to Life and to […]

From Me to We: Shared Ministry as a way forward

  by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director, LEAD Until about the last 100 years shared ministry has always been included as an indispensable model for the Christian movement – faith communities sharing mission, pastors, buildings, and resources for the good of the whole church. Reclaiming this ancient model is more about the faith than it is […]

Work-Life Balance – It’s a Lie!

Did you know that only 20% of the US population feel like they have a healthy work-life balance? So, you’re not alone! But since when is work-life balance our life goal anyway? There is no perfect metric that can set life on a balanced course. From day to day, week to week, or year to […]