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Non-Anxious Leadership
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 12:36

Peter SteinkeLast week, I was blessed by a conference on Stewardship Leadership where Peter Steinke. Peter wrote Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. It was one of the top ten books in 2006.

Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke is a Lutheran pastor from Austin, Texas. He has served as a parish pastor for fifteen years, as a therapist for clergy for fourteen years, and a consultant to congregations for ten years. Viewing churches as living, breathing organisms, Steinke evaluates the health of a congregation using family-systems theory.

The subject matter for the days I spent with Dr. Steinke was how to navigate the anxious times we face in the church in the present age.

What business are we in?
Monday, 14 December 2009 00:00

Survival of your church cannot be your purpose. Business consultant, Peter Drucker, wrote that purpose statements boil down to a simple answer to two questions: “What business are you in?” and “How’s business?”

It is budget season for many churches. The message many stewardship campaigns relay is “Give so we will be here in the future.” I confess that I have at times written these same words when soliciting donations for the region. I am as guilty as many of the churches in the region in running a purposeless campaign. Our donors don’t care whether the region offices will be here in the future. Not really. What they care about is what the region is doing in the present and what it will be doing in the future. If what we are doing is of little or no value will they be interested in giving a gift?

Mission Statements
Sunday, 13 December 2009 00:00

I have been thinking a lot about church mission statements lately. I have read a good number of them in church newsletters and on websites. I must confess – I am not finding many of them to be compelling, interesting or inspiring. One thing is that many mission statements are much too long. Last year while attending a conference on church vitality, the presenter asked for people to raise their hands if their church had a mission statement. Nearly every hand went up. The second question was how many could recite their mission statement. Only two hands went up.



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