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Jack Shitama

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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Four characteristics discovered by an MIT study group can help Christian leaders, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Telling others what they need to do and expecting them to enthusiastically follow is unrealistic, but there are ways to motivate them, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama more

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The book of Ephesians has good guides for how to tone today's harsh rhetoric and calm divisions among us, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. more

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Listening

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Feedback is essential for leadership, says the Rev. Jack Shitama, who offers strategies for how to solicit constructive feedback and survive its emotional impact. more

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Facing the great divides in church and society, the Rev. Jack Shitama offers three techniques for getting across the chasms with less discomfort and more grace. more

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His son's wedding gives the Rev. Jack Shitama insight into the importance of the rituals that we also call "rites of passage." more

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Trust is essential to all relationships, especially church-related ones, and the Rev. Jack Shitama offers four ways to build trust in congregations. more

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A self-differentiated person can get annoyed by something, but still understand that the other is a flawed human being in need of grace, just like the rest of us, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. 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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Procrastination 2

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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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