• Book Reviews 14 hours ago

    Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

    Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

    by Warren Bird and Ryan T. Hartwig InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill. 272 pages REVIEWED BY RACHEL SHEPHERD Anyone who has worked on a team probably knows the basics of what works well, either because they lived it or because they wish they did. “Teams That Thrive” is not groundbreaking for people with common sense and experience, but it is full of helpful reminders, practical tips and language that can help people communicate about their work together. The five disciplines referenced in the subtitle are: focusing on purpose, using differences… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Reporting 14 hours ago

    Lynn Haddon retires from Outlook

    Lynn Haddon retires from Outlook

    The Presbyterian Outlook staff celebrates a new beginning for our financial manager Lynn Haddon. After having a long career in the banking industry and establishing her own bookkeeping business, Lynn began to work for non-profit organizations. Lynn started working for the Outlook part-time in 2013. Lynn feels it is the right time to retire and enjoy life. She has fixed up a van and will take to the open road with her dog (Buddy) to enjoy the state and national parks of America. She also plans to spend more time… continue reading...
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  • Outpost Blog 2 days ago

    Uncool? Check. Authentic? Maybe.

    Uncool? Check. Authentic? Maybe.

    by Chris Currie
    Rachel Held Evans, religious blogger, writer and my new favorite millennial, recently lit up the church nerd social media world and broader media spectrum with her Washington Post opinion piece, “Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’ ” As a millennial’s older red-headed step-sibling, you remember us, Generation X (I think there has been like 1 article about us in the last 25 years… OK, that might be a slight exaggeration), I get slightly weary of all the media attention and extended commentary devoted to… continue reading...
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Richard DuBose to be commissioned on June 7 as fifteenth president of the Montreat Conference Center

Richard DuBose

There’s always a reason to celebrate in Montreat, but Sunday, June 7 is a red letter day as Richard DuBose is commissioned as the new president of the Montreat Conference Center. This service will take place in Anderson Auditorium at 10:30 am as part of Montreat’s Summer Worship Series. The Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, will be the guest preacher taking part in the commissioning service. Mr. DuBose is a graduate of Davidson College and has served on the Mountain Retreat Association Board of Directors since 2012. He took office as president on November 17, 2014. “It is a great privilege and opportunity to have been asked to be the MRA’s president,” says DuBose, “but this commissioning feels to me less about my role, and more a reminder of the importance of our ministry, and that God works best through people in community who hold each other up. I have really felt that support and partnership in my first few … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance assesses flood and tornado damage in the Midwest

LOUISVILLE (PNS) The month of May has been rough for residents of Midwestern states following a series of tornadoes, severe storms and heavy flooding. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been closely monitoring the weather across the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Parts of Illinois and Colorado have been impacted by the recent storms as well. “When taken as a whole, the number of areas flooded, homes destroyed and damaged and the number of fatalities all add up to equal a large event,” said Rick Turner, associate for disaster response with PDA. “Texas has especially been hit hard and PDA has shifted its response from several ‘smaller’ events to one large response.” This move, according to Turner, will help PDA better prepare for the long-term recovery efforts that will begin in the coming weeks. Severe weather over the Memorial Day weekend left at least 17 dead and 30 missing. Numerous homes have been washed away … [Read more...]

India’s Christians concerned about growing attacks on religious minorities

NEW DELHI (RNS) Each day, children on their way to Mount Carmel School pass through gates under the watch of armed security guards, and now city police officers who stop there on government orders after a nearby Catholic convent and school were broken into. The vandals stole money, tampered with security cameras and ransacked the principal’s office on Feb. 13. The crime itself was relatively minor, but it rippled through other Christian schools. The attack was the sixth  this year in an ongoing series targeting Christian communities and schools across India. It was also the turning point for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the growing safety concerns of India’s minority Christian community. Modi immediately asked the Delhi police commissioner to investigate the attacks, and he addressed a Christian community, saying, “Government will not allow any religious group, belonging to the majority or the minority, to incite hatred against others overtly or covertly. Mine will … [Read more...]

Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

Teams That Thrive- Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

by Warren Bird and Ryan T. Hartwig InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill. 272 pages REVIEWED BY RACHEL SHEPHERD Anyone who has worked on a team probably knows the basics of what works well, either because they lived it or because they wish they did. “Teams That Thrive” is not groundbreaking for people with common sense and experience, but it is full of helpful reminders, practical tips and language that can help people communicate about their work together. The five disciplines referenced in the subtitle are: focusing on purpose, using differences to grow, leading by inspiration rather than control, structuring the decision-making process and building a culture of continuous collaboration. Purpose is “the invisible leader of your team,” and the authors’ deep and broad research showed that 75 percent of teams had “significant disagreement” about their shared purpose. They advise teams to spend intentional time articulating a 5C Purpose, one that is clear, compelling, … [Read more...]

Lynn Haddon retires from Outlook

Lynn Haddon

The Presbyterian Outlook staff celebrates a new beginning for our financial manager Lynn Haddon. After having a long career in the banking industry and establishing her own bookkeeping business, Lynn began to work for non-profit organizations. Lynn started working for the Outlook part-time in 2013. Lynn feels it is the right time to retire and enjoy life. She has fixed up a van and will take to the open road with her dog (Buddy) to enjoy the state and national parks of America. She also plans to spend more time with adult children and her grandchildren. The Outlook staff wishes Lynn well on her new adventure in life. We also greet our new financial manager, Kelly Adams. … [Read more...]

Letter to Jonathan

Walk with Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly, as she lives through cancer. This and other reflections will appear on the web page "Each New Day." I was honored when my friend, Mihee Kim-Kort, invited me to be a part of her May blog series called, "The Meaning of Children." It's been a gift to read the reflections thus far about what we learn from our smallest teachers. My three-year-old son has been an important part of my cancer diagnosis and healing. My contribution to the series is a portion of a letter I am writing to him.  “The Meaning of Children” blog series can be found here. Dear Jonathan, I’m writing you this letter trusting that I will be around to see your first day of kindergarten, watch you graduate from high school, and be a part of every single step in-between (and after!). Writing to you during a time that you may or may not remember is important to me. I want you to know how you are an important part of my healing. Everyone … [Read more...]