Monthly Archives: December 2014

Simple, Complicated and Complex

An excerpt from our new book: Nelson, G.V. and Dickens, P.M. Leading in Disorienting Times: Navigating Church and Organizational Change. Chalice Press – Look for it March, 2015.

We are aware of the propensity of some leaders to want to simplify problems so they appear solvable.[i] As comforting as that might feel in the moment,

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“Rejoice Always”? Yeah, Right!

Apparently, the most commonly repeated phrase in Scripture is some variation of, “be not afraid.” Someone once told me that it appears 365 times, in various forms or another, which seems just a little too pat for me. Regardless, there seems to be a deep irony that the same God who repeatedly calls us to trust in Him must,

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Feeling Confused? Welcome to Our Disorienting Times!

An excerpt from our new book: Nelson, G.V. and Dickens, P.M. Leading in Disorienting Times: Navigating Church and Organizational Change. Chalice Press – Look for it March, 2015.

Every futurist or societal guru you read analyzes the current times as a world that has never been seen before.

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Do You Lead Like Kirk or Picard?

An excerpt from our new book: Nelson, G.V. and Dickens, P.M. Leading in Disorienting Times: Navigating Church and Organizational Change. Chalice Press – Look for it March, 2015.

“They are somewhat self-effacing individuals who deflect adulation, yet who have an almost stoic resolve to do absolutely whatever it takes to make the company great,

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How are Leaders Like Gardeners?

The sower, the seeds, the mustard seed in Matthew; the vine and the branches in John. Over and over, Jesus uses images and parables from the land to help others understand the Kingdom of God. Is he simply writing contextually, using agrarian language for an agrarian economy? If so, wherein lies the eternal nature of his message?

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