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  • Clergy coaching when “this changes everything”

    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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  • In the name of adaptive leadership: What we are getting wrong

    Oct 09, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Susan Beaumont | Do you remember this simple Sesame Street song? “One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my song?” This childhood game invites players to make distinctions between objects that are related, but don’t share a unifying characteristic.

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  • Covenant renewal

    Sep 11, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Christina Braudaway-Bauman | Every September, my clergy community of practice begins a new church year together by renewing our covenant. We tend to the vitality of our group as we review our life together. We ask ourselves to consider what it is about our meetings that we want to reaffirm or revise. What promises do we want to make to each other as we move forward?

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  • Reflection as a leadership practice

    Aug 28, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Debora Jackson | What practices are critical to your success as a leader? What traits and attributes help you to be a good leader? Some would say that good listening skills positively impact leadership. Some might say being knowledgeable in the work helps them to help others. Some might say that they have the God-given gift of leadership through which they confidently lead and motivate others to follow.

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  • Rip cord, reset button, and ripple effect

    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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