Divide and conquer

If you look at the definition of “divide and conquer,” you will likely find: “the intentional strategy of maintaining control over others by encouraging dissent and division between them.”

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The biggest leadership distraction

Followers can bring distractions to leaders. A few years ago, I received a phone call I’ll never forget. It was someone telling me a prominent and faithful church member had died suddenly. He was a doctor and well-respected in the community. The town was already talking about his passing. We huddled together as a staff. […]

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What if the story is never told?

If you’ve read my blogs or Why Church Buildings Matter, you know I’m a fan and proponent of “story.” I believe that story is a critical part to our lives — and particularly the physical manifestation of our church’s vision, mission and culture via our facilities. But, what happens if the story is never completed […]

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Dangers in defining church membership

How does corporate church membership affect risk management?

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Consistent is better than extraordinary

That’s why you’re alive. That’s what sustained you and allowed all of the other things to happen.

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The “Duck Dynasty” dispute: a matter of Constitutional concern for church leaders?

On December 22, 2013, images and footage of America’s infamous, bearded duck hunter flooded primetime news headlines. What’s the buzz about? In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — a Southern, fundamentalist Christian hunter from the popular A&E series “Duck Dynasty” — called homosexuality a sin. The network decided to suspend the reality star […]

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My top 5 books of 2013

By Tim Spivey, lead planter of New Vintage Church (San Diego) It’s time for everyone to start putting their “lists” out there. Not everyone enjoys these posts; I do. I like reading what others found to be particularly helpful, because it helps me get to know them a bit better and to cut through some […]

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How leaders go numb

I’ve had a few dramatic stumbles when I stand quickly, only to realize one of my legs has mysteriously fallen asleep. The numbness makes it feel like the leg has suddenly gone missing, only to give sharp tingling reminders that it indeed is still there. A foot, arm or leg falls asleep because of too […]

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“The hardest job I’ve done: being an elder’s wife”

“Why don’t they consider the elder’s spouse in the selection and training process?”, Tisha asked as we chatted. I was interviewing her as part of my due diligence evaluation of her company, “After the Fact — Final Affairs,” which assists in the administration and closing of probate matters. As we chatted, her comments as the […]

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Federal District Court rules clergy housing exclusion unconstitutional

On Nov. 21, 2013, a Federal trial court in Wisconsin declared that the clergy housing exclusion — often referred to as the minister’s parsonage allowance — is unconstitutional for clergy providing their own homes. This startling decision from a Federal District Court is sending shockwaves through the faith community.  The name of the case is […]

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