A Journey of Maturing Faith and Painful Encounters!
I found myself in recent days returning to the Epilogue of my book, Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers. Actually, I read it rather often, as a prayer. The words in the “Epilogue” characterize me at my best… Read More
Whatever Happens, Walk Worthy!
What a privilege and delight to speak this week (November 14-16) in chapel services on the campus of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. The Seminary community intentionally focused on celebrating the 34th anniversary of the founding of APNTS and on deepening… Read More
Living Together in a Diverse Christian Community
APNTS chapel theme for year: “Break Down Walls— Build Bridges— Bond in Love” Living Together in a Diverse Christian Community Ephesians 4:1-3, 25-32 Periodically I was asked the question while serving as… Read More
Leadership as Hospitality…biblically understood!
For several years I envisioned writing a book on the subject of “Spiritual hospitality and Christian leadership.” I included a chapter in the book, Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully! Reflections and Markers (pages 207-215) on this theme. During a sabbatical… Read More
‘Non-negotiables’ for Board Health and Fund Development
What is the board’s appropriate role in raising funds for the nonprofit ministry organization, seminary, or local congregation? Raise the funds? Micromanage every penny spent in the disbursement of funds? Or to secure the best executive leadership, provide… Read More
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
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
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