Thursday, March 25, 2010
I'm reading Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church for an Urban Ministry seminary class right now. It's a great book with solid theological reflection and practical guidance for action. The author, Mark DeYmaz, has a new book coming out this April. This promo, I thought, was a good visual representation that drives home (in a new way) a salient point about church demographics.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Very few people enjoy conflict, but more than a few people avoid conflict at all costs. To do so, however, misses out on the richness of conflict and the catalyzing force for positive change it can be.
I recently came across a Harvard Business Review article (December 2009 issue) that is a good summary of why conflict is good for organizations (hint: lack of conflict can signify complacency, which generally leads to a lack of effectiveness), what conflicts are worth fighting over (generally mission-critical issues), and how to navigate conflict fairly.
The "Idea in Brief" (quick summary) is here. The full article is here.