When leaders disappoint their followers

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The news that a trusted leader has disappointed us through personal or moral failure grieves us. We hurt when we learn of disintegrating marriages, sexual sin, or even criminal activity. Often, that grief plays out in multiple forms – shock, sorrow, outrage, disappointment, and fear.

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Responses from denominational leaders concerning Jim Holm’s resignation as president of MBBS

Saturday, November 1, 2008

President Jim Holm’s resignation in August was difficult for everyone at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary because of the key level of trust placed in him. Jim informed the board of his extramarital relationship and offered his resignation. The board acted quickly and appropriately in accepting that resignation.

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The effectiveness myth

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

At last fall’s study conference, speaker George Hunsberger noted that the gospel is a story that chooses us and is primarily about weakness. It caused me to reflect…

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Time for change

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Change is constant. It’s everywhere we go. It always has been. We either cope with it or it defeats us. But rarely do we remain ambivalent or unaffected. We prefer to see the least amount of change in the church. In the midst of constant societal transformation, we long for and hang onto what we hope will be a changeless church.

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An interview with conference moderator Jascha Boge

Thursday, May 1, 2008

This month, the Herald interviewed Jascha Boge, Canadian conference moderator. He talked about his dreams for the conference, the challenges of managing a growing Stewardship Ministries fund, and Gathering 2008 in Montreal. This is his third term as moderator, a position he first held from 2000–2004.

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Why we need the Mennonite World Conference

Friday, October 3, 2003

The choir number was announced and I watched with anticipation. As they left their pews they began to sing. Just a little chant, really. (I love it when…

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Healthy Growing Churches Reaching their worlds?

Friday, October 26, 2001

It has often been asserted that statistics can be used to draw whatever conclusions one may wish to draw from them. Although there may be some truth in…

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