Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…
Having been a staff member at three different churches over 35 years I can name people on either end of this spectrum…
Two Opposite Errors Committed by Church Staff
“I have seen two polar opposite errors from those who lead a ministry in a local church.
1. Being overly focused on your area
Some staff make decisions for their ministry area without much or any regard for the whole. They identify with what they are leading, but not with the church as a whole. They want to mooch from the resources, the people, and the support of the church without contributing to the whole. The staff members care only about their team, and not the overall team to which they belong. They may be perceived as highly effective but are equally as divisive.
2. Being overly focused on the whole
There are some staff that want to speak into every church-wide decision, that are constantly evaluating the whole, and that are obsessed with every interaction and every word senior leaders mutter. Instead of executing their areas of responsibility well, these staff members act as internal consultants for everyone else.”
I also know people on both ends of this spectrum. Both are prideful and both can damage community…
2 Kinds of Pride that Crush Biblical Community
“Whether we refuse to carry another’s burdens or whether we refuse to have ours born, the root is the same: I’m too good for this.”
This is great! Please don’t miss this excellent column. Why is it always so “shocking” when Christian institutions of higher learning are discovered being Christian?
Let Wheaton and other Christian colleges be Christian
“The media does not go into coverage overdrive every time a monk is disciplined for allegedly breaking his vows. Is it not time that journalists just accepted the fact that Wheaton College is an evangelical Protestant covenant community of higher education and stopped being “shocked, shocked” every time a case arises regarding what the standards of faithfulness are or ought to be in this community?”