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  • The 7R’s of Sancturary

    Nov 02, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    When I was a girl, I remember the “old folks” saying, “Lord, have mercy.” When I began seminary, I took to saying, “Lord, have mercy.” While it was gratifying that I was continuing this ancient ritual, declaring, “Lord, have mercy,” as I ran hither and yon was hardly restorative. I needed more: more for myself, and more for my leadership.

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  • Most of our ministry is done on the dance floor

    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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  • Preaching and the spiritual life of the preacher

    Oct 01, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Bruce G. Epperly | Preaching is the most sustained public act of ministry for most senior and solo pastors. Preaching is also one the most sustained intellectual and spiritual activities of pastoral ministry.

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

    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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  • Seeing ourselves

    May 07, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Christina Braudaway-Bauman | For a dozen years now, I have been engaged in developing and nurturing clergy communities of practice, intentional small groups where pastors come together to support one another and to be engaged in learning aimed at strengthening their ministries. When these groups were launched, the hope was that they would provide important opportunities for pastors to meet with one another in truly meaningful ways that would also enable each person to grow in their practice of ministry.

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