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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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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

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Using "I don't" gives you the power of making a choice, rather than being acted upon, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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

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In the aftermath of General Conference 2019, the Rev. Jack Shitama offers some counsel on how to deal with distress and disappointment. Read more

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It's crucial to find a group of people who "get" what you do in order to do your best in ministry and life, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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Trying to soft-peddle or short-circuit someone's challenge – such as a child's separation anxiety – will worsen, not improve, their circumstances, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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After conversation with a reader, the Rev. Jack Shitama expands on his earlier post about will power and self-discipline. Read more

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In an excerpt from his new book, the Rev. Jack Shitama explains what's really involved in creating personal discipline. Read more

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Boy Writing

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Serious about New Year's goals for improvement? The Rev. Jack Shitama offers two ways to translate good thoughts into effective habits. Read more

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The combination of increased social activity, and even a moderate amount of gift purchasing, can put us on edge. Combine that with togetherness pressure from family traditions and holidays can become a challenging time. writes Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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Getting outside to connect with nature – including at church-related camps – is essential to our health in this screen age, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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A former FBI hostage negotiator has three techniques for keeping your cool under stress. writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

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

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