filtered by Leadership, Hospitality, Change
By Luisa Bonillas
Change can be deeply painful, especially when it affects our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In Conflict and Change, Luisa Bonillas describes the impact of difficult change in her church and what she learned from the experience.
By Melissa Rau
Melissa Rau writes our latest blog from the viewpoint of young parents who are interested in getting involved, but are ultimately turned off by their church. They are welcomed, but not welcome to change anything.
By Cathy Hornberger
This month we offer five resources on community outreach.
By Greg Syler
Would your small church be better off in collaboration with another small church? In his latest blog, Greg Syler proposes that the Episcopal Church use some multisite thinking. He presents statistics to show that the movement towards multisites is growing and that its practitioners are happy with the model.
By Alan Bentrup
Alan Bentrup discusses how large organizations are hard to change. He compares the Episcopal Church with General Stanley McChrystal’s experience with Special Operations in Iraq. Both have structures that were made for the realities of previous eras. To adapt to a new reality, an organization has to be willing to change and must ask the right questions.
By Nick Sollog
ECF Capital Campaign Consultant Nick Sollog relates his experience with a church that was in the middle of a feasibility study when their rector was elected Bishop of another diocese. All hope was not lost! The vestry found two chairs to lead the campaign, which not only reached its primary goal but its challenge goal too.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
The Episcopal Church of the Advocate lost its best loved greeter and mouser this spring. Smoke the Advo-cat came initially to take care of a pernicious mouse problem but soon began to make himself an indispensable part of the church community.
By Linda Buskirk
Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger takes a look at opportunities for adaptive leadership within the Church. Linda Buskirk talks about the book and the ways that others find encouragement in his insights.
By Lisa G. Fischbeck
Lisa Fischbeck figured the Memorial Day concert and cookout would be a good way for folks to experience the hospitality of the church. It also proved to be a much easier entry point for newcomers than Sunday mass.
By Lindsey Harts
Lindsey Harts grew up doing “code red drills” where she hid from a pretend shooter. She feels that this common experience among millennials helped lead to the generation’s demand for radical authenticity. As she says, “in a world where shootings are live-streamed on the internet…you tend to have a very low tolerance for nonsense.”