Blog Posts by Lawrence Peers

  • Most of our ministry is done on the dance floor

    Posted Oct 16, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | It is true, most of our ministry is done on the dance floor. Many of us will recognize “the dance floor” as the metaphor used by Ron Heifetz and his colleagues to describe how, as leaders, we often get caught up in the “dance of activity.” A quick glance at our calendars may be the only evidence we need to prove that we are often engaged in back to back meetings, unexpected pastoral crises, sermon writing, and committee meetings. This “dance of activity” is both energizing and draining, inspiring and dispiriting.

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  • Being the head, heart, hand, and body of the future church

    Posted May 21, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | It is customary in my work training clergy group facilitators for me to begin our conversation by recognizing the changing religious landscape in which we are doing ministry. Using a graphic facilitation process, we map the challenges that are already, near, or far on the horizon. In recent months, this conversation has happened readily, and it is hard for me to capture in writing the numerous challenges as quickly as they are named.

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  • Receiving the gift of clergy coaching

    Posted Dec 18, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | At the recent Pastoral Excellence Network clergy coaching training, I facilitated a discussion among three panelists who have been involved in clergy coaching. Here is a summary of this discussion:

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  • Clergy coaching when “this changes everything”

    Posted Oct 23, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | Naomi Klein concludes her recent book, This Changes Everything, by sharing her discussion with a friend about what she should ask a world leader she was going to be meeting. The friend said, “Ask him: History knocked on your door; did you answer?” Klein concludes, “That’s a good question, for all of us.”

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  • Rip cord, reset button, and ripple effect

    Posted Jul 17, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | I heard a collective sigh of recognition when reading these words from Barbara Brown Taylor’s memoir, Leaving Church, in which she narrates her reasons for leaving parish ministry: "With just seven days in a week, where is the time to be a good preacher, teacher, pastor, prophet, celebrant, prayer, writer, foot washer, administrator, community activist, clergy colleague, student of scripture, and wholesome exemplar of the gospel?" (45-46)

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