Six years ago a friend and I wrote a document titled “The Changing Context in Ministry” for mutual ministry seminars we were facilitating. One of the changes we noted was the way the world communicates. I grew up with a corded phone that was placed on a stationary table in a central room. When you talked your movement was restricted as you were literally tied to the phone by the cord. When I was a teenager my parents assigned evening talking times to my two sisters and me so we could talk with our friends after dinner. We each got a half hour. By the time I had teenage daughters, the phone seldom rang for them and they rarely used it for making calls. They...
Rev. Susan M. Lang, owner of RevWriter Resources, LLC., is a church consultant, coach, and author offering resources and leadership support for your congregation or ministry setting.
I see myself as a consultant and coach who doesn't come with predetermined answers or plans. Instead I walk alongside your congregation or judicatory to draw out the ministry possibilities that the Holy Spirit is birthing in your setting. Tell me what you'd like to accomplish in your leadership retreat or seminar and, as a writer and developer, I'll craft something to address your specific goals.
Rev. Sue Lang
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted due to my pre-op prep for knee surgery and post-op recovery. Here’s a link to a reflection titled, The benediction, that I wrote for The Lutheran on an insight I received one day thanks to a stranger. http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=12563
What characteristics are necessary for effective congregational leadership in the 21st century? If you asked that question in the 20th century you might get responses like: has a firm, take charge attitude or has the ability to get people to follow your vision for the church. Or maybe, has the ability to keep everyone satisfied. I remember sitting through a couple of interviews over the years where these very traits were lifted up as ones I should have as a pastor. I didn’t think so then and I still don’t. I find focusing on these traits puts the emphasis on the leader and what he or she is and embodies. That’s not where our focus should be in the church. The number one focus of...