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The United Methodist Church and the world at large need leaders who can state their moral and ethical stances while allowing for others' differing views, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Whether you're a "conceptualist" or an "experimentalist," creativity and innovation are vital to effective church leadership, counsels the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Ordained Ministry

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

Ordained Ministry

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 Read more

Ordained Ministry

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. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Claiming to be "Bible based" doesn't necessarily ensure competent, compassionate leadership for The United Methodist Church's future, writes the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. Read more

Perspectives

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. Read more

Practicing Faith

Short-term thinking keeps us from remembering that God uses a different time scale, and that we ought to be looking at our impact farther into the future, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Perspectives

Uncertain leaders curse their adversaries and call down destruction, but that's not the way of Christians, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Jesus shows the way to leadership by starting out with ideas that seem absurd, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Perspectives

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? Read more

Practicing Faith

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. Read more

Local Church

The Commission on A Way Forward's refusal to share news of its deliberations with the wider church shows a lack of that leadership that United Methodists deeply need now, says layman Lonnie D. Brooks. Read more

Perspectives

Making Connections

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The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt proposes we look at generations not with pejorative labels, but with appreciation for the gifts each brings to leadership. Read more

Perspectives

These patterns are corrosive to both the pastors and the churches they lead, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Ordained Ministry

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. Read more

Local Church