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The Rev. Jack Shitama delves deeper into how to take an emotional stand, using his own life experience of learning to take responsibility for using his feelings effectively. more

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Pouting boy

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In the church, it is almost impossible to lead change, unless you, as a leader, can take emotional stands in a healthy way, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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The responses of the women who went to Jesus' tomb and discovered the Resurrection hold great examples for Christian leaders, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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The Rev. Jack Shitama expands on his previous post on mature discipleship with guidance on how to help form and guide followers of Jesus. more

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Loving Neighbor

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A mature disciple of Jesus exhibits characteristics resembling those "fruits of the Spirit" that Paul talks about, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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In his weekly post for Christian leaders, the Rev. Jack Shitama outlines the reasons he finds for working to keep The United Methodist Church from breaking apart. more

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A faithful fan of the Washington NFL franchise for nearly all his life, the Rev. Jack Shitama tells the team's owner, Dan Snyder, why he can no longer support the team. more

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Bright things

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Like the mustard seed of Jesus' parable, really big changes start with small steps that sometimes can only be seen with the eyes of faith, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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In Defense of Millennials

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Christian leaders can forge better relationships with young adults of the Millennial generation once they understand the spiritual values that guide them, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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The Three Most Important Things

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Life's two most important things rely on the third most important thing in order to function well, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Synergize

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Combining spiritual practices with everyday activities helps Christian leaders get the most out of their day, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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3 Ways to Meditate

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Rev. Jack Shitama introduces three simple ways to connect with God every day that will relieve anxiety and replenish energy for daily life. more

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Finding a Path

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Rev. Jack Shitama offers alternatives to both anxiety and blaming in response to the new federal administration. more

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Spiritual Foundation

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Rev. Jack Shitama talks about how Jesus' practice of "going apart to pray" is still vital for Christian leaders today. more

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Being a non-anxious presence in any situation gives us power to calm tensions and help others, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Before making changes in church or in our lives, it's best to determine if what we think will be better will actually be a benefit, suggests the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Leadership Measures

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How does your leadership in ministry, whether you're clergy or laity, measure up to the Rev. Jack Shitama's goals for effectiveness? more

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Believe Differently

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The story of Jesus and the woman at the well show how people who hold differing beliefs can converse with one another, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Our Story

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Stories have power to build identity and shape mission for organizations as well as for families, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Family History

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A strong family narrative – where their family came from – teaches youngsters resilience in the face of life's challenges, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Givers and Takers

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To avoid being exploited (in church and outside it), givers must develop the ability to stand up for what they believe and what they need, counsels the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Asymmetry of Life

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By focusing on our resources – the "tailwinds" – instead of challenges we face – the "headwinds" – we can soon transcend the reality that life is hard, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Developing micro-habits are among Rev. Jack Shitama's suggested keys to overcoming procrastination. more

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Time spent with his first grandson and his father-in-law prompt the Rev. Jack Shitama to reflect on life's deepest connections. more

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To get your aspirations out of a rut, try these counter-intuitive approaches, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Whatever your preference on how to merge, own your choice and don't second-guess yourself, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Stress Less

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There are practices that can help us train our brains to respond better to life's stresses, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Wolf

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How your emotions affect you depends on which emotion you give more attention and energy, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Nursing intense feelings won't help to resolve interpersonal issues, says the Rev. Jack Shitama, so it's essential to get some perspective on the problem. more

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Future signs

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A good leader keeps her eyes on the direction the organization is going in order to fulfill its mission, but she needs to allow for disagreement, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Juggler

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Contrary to popular opinion, it isn't possible to achieve "a balanced life," counsels the Rev. Jack Shitama. Balance requires active engagement with each day's happenings. more

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Methodism's founder John Wesley was right – the disciplined practice of what the Rev. Jack Shitama calls "keystone habits" prepares Christians to mature into spiritual leaders. more

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Anxious

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The Rev. Jack Shitama offers four down-to-earth techniques for putting Jesus' spiritual counsel against worry into practice. more

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The Rev. Jack Shitama delves deeper into how to take an emotional stand, using his own life experience of learning to take responsibility for using his feelings effectively. more

Practicing Faith