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Good questions for colleagues!

Good questions for colleagues!

Recently I found some notes I prepared for a combined faculty and staff meeting while serving as president of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Though several years old now, the notes reminded me of questions I would ask myself… Read More
Seven Lessons My Father Taught Me about Fundraising

Seven Lessons My Father Taught Me about Fundraising

Throughout the past few months at conferences led by Jimmy LaRose, founder and 25 year CEO of the National Development Institute, I heard him remind executives of nonprofit organizations and their board members that nonprofit organizations are in two… Read More
Four Modes of Thinking about Board Governance

Four Modes of Thinking about Board Governance

I have been thinking recently about healthy and maturing boards of governance for ministry organizations, including local church boards and college boards of Trustees. Increasingly I am convinced that healthy and maturing boards have a balance in the… Read More
Board Development Assessment Tool

Board Development Assessment Tool

Organizational development issues for nonprofit companies have been on my mind in recent weeks. Recently, I reflected again on the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry, Inc. APEX Project, an assessment tool developed by NCMI to assist Faith-Based Organizations and Non-Government… Read More
A confession…I am a “Board-Hugger!”

A confession…I am a “Board-Hugger!”

In recent years I have become a “board-hugger!” The reason, I believe, is captured in the famous quote of the late president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. He gave his powerful “Man in the Arena” speech in 1912 in… Read More
The Pastor and Board Relationship

The Pastor and Board Relationship

I returned to Germany recently to lead a class and continuing education seminar for the European Nazarene College, German Learning Center, on the subject, “Pastor and Board: The Mentoring Role of the Pastor.” A detailed working agenda/document was… Read More
Q&A: Why do people downplay higher education?

Q&A: Why do people downplay higher education?

Q: I have a hard time understanding why people of faith often downplay higher education. Why is that? A: I have pondered this dilemma for 30-plus years of fulfilling my pastoral calling in Christian higher education. I wonder if we… Read More
A phenomenal week in Cuba!

A phenomenal week in Cuba!

A phenomenal week in Cuba! What a privilege and delight for me to return to the Nazarene Seminary in Havana, Cuba for the historic activities of the 45th annual district assembly of the Cuba district, Church of the… Read More