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Give and you shall receive? Yes to generosity & sacrifice!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on December 13, 2011

Give and You Shall Receive? Generosity, Sacrifice, and Marital Quality  

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Topics: nonprofit, faith-based community

Unity with diversity? Absolutely!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on December 5, 2011

At their beginning just after the Civil War, founders of Sigma Chi fraternity noted how existing college brotherhoods sought “like minded men.”  They believed, instead that:  “true brotherhood could prosper only when men of unlike minds, talents and personalities banded themselves together under a common set of ideals.”

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Topics: faith-based community

The Magnificently Difficult: It Must Be Interim Time!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on November 28, 2011
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Topics: faith-based community

Self-differentiationed leaders and organizations - always needful!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on November 21, 2011
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Topics: faith-based community

Exercise Leadership!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on November 15, 2011

 

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Topics: leadership coaching

Generous Hospitality - Yes!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on November 7, 2011

Is your organization or congregation known for it’s generous hospitality?  Answer from the inside-out and most leaders will say “Of course we are!” Hear the answer from the outside looking in and the reality check often tempers earlier assessments.  Generous hospitality welcomes through the eyes of the beholder and we all function inside-out and outside-in, of course.  A colleague shared this story from the outside-in perspective. 

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Topics: faith-based community

Intentional Interim time!

Posted by Arlen Vernava on October 31, 2011
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Topics: faith-based community

Are you and your organization weary, feeling spirit-less?

Posted by Arlen Vernava on October 24, 2011
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Topics: faith-based community

If your Organization were an epic story...

Posted by Arlen Vernava on October 17, 2011

“Tell me, friend,” a curious clergy asks, “if your community (of faith) were an epic story, what title would best describe her tale?  What character do you play?  (This makes a wonderful parlor game…but I digress)  Shared stories, antidotes, dreams and reflections constellate an epic tale offering insight into a community’s past and a template for their future.  More than this, said James F. Hopewell, a community’s epic story anchors them to the Holy.  Transformation and change becomes accessible, faithful ministry.  Courage and hope challenge wayward values and behaviors and claim powerful purpose in face of adversity.

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Topics: faith-based community

Curiosity and questioning: "What's that about?"

Posted by Arlen Vernava on October 10, 2011
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Topics: faith-based community