• Book Reviews 4 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 4 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 1 day 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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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...]

Two more points from Heath Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly

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LOUISVILLE (PNS) Several weeks ago I spoke to the Presbyterian Mission Agency about nine areas where I was observing interest, concerns, joys, or activity in our denomination. It was an “in-house” speech that was ultimately shared more broadly when placed on the Presbyterian News Service. The response has been heartening and I am grateful that a number of these matters hit home to some of you in the church. One church has told me that they intend to use the list as a study guide for the next year—focusing on each area, and seeing how they relate to their individual congregation as well as to the denomination. They asked if I had three more so they could fill the year! Actually, I did have two more that were not included in my presentation due to the constraint of time. So I offer my other two insights concerning what I am seeing and hearing across the church, with a follow-up question as to what might be some next steps. First... (or number 10)—This issue relates to education. For … [Read more...]

Uncool? Check. Authentic? Maybe.

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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 the ‘millennials,’ the ‘nones,’ the ‘hipsters’ and all the other names for this younger generation and species of human beings that have pretty much birthed an entire new anthropological cottage industry and academic discipline. Again, not to sound bitter, but between the self-centered boomer generation and the preoccupied millennials, I’ve been pretty much able to fly under the radar… no one is analyzing me or trying to figure out why I do what I do … [Read more...]