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Nearly fifty years ago, Studs Terkel published his landmark oral history Working, in which he observed: “Most of us, like the assembly line worker, have jobs that are too small for our spirit.  Jobs are not big enough for people.” Jobs are not big enough...

Is this your sign-up sheet before—or after—it has been circulated? If you quickly shouted “Both!” you are not alone. Churches live on sign-up sheets.  We have sign-up sheets for ushering, for assisting in the nursery, for providing sanctuary flowers, for helping prepare communion, for helping...

Peter Drucker, the pioneering twentieth-century management consultant, famously told organizations and their leaders to “face reality.”  Close on the heels of that, he would say, in effect, “what got us to today will not necessarily get us to tomorrow.” And, perhaps less famously, he would...

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells recently posted an article titled “What People Missed Most About Restaurants.  (It Wasn’t the Food.).”  The article’s subtitle serves up his main point: “it’s clear that the magic ingredient was the random thrill of seeing other people.” As...

Big goals… to change things… working together. After 60+ weeks of lockdowns, quarantines, and uncertainties, things are re-opening at a speed few of us would have guessed even a month ago.  Church boards can be forgiven for being caught both exhausted and unprepared.  We are...

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