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Sustainable Institutions, Like Ecosystems, Utilize God’s Generous Provision

Elegant design of an institutional “ecosystem” involves fundamentally responding to God’s generous provision, thinking in terms of not just the physical space and the short-term problems, but the people, ideas, services, networks,... read more >


Self-assessing your organization—why it matters

North American schools of theology can benefit greatly from regular self-assessment. Schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are expected to do so. When boards attend to their own performance,... read more >


Shared Governance: An Institutional Game-Changer

Suspicion of shared governance runs deep in theological schools; as a consequence, faculty and administrators fail to understand the internal dynamics and external forces that affect the other’s decision-making processes.... read more >


The importance of Leading (and collaborating) effectively

It is frequently noted in material on seminary leadership that the president and board chairman need to form an effective, mutually respectful relationship. The same can be said for all... read more >


A Congregation’s History is its 'Sacred Bundle'

Every institution has a “sacred bundle” of symbols, stories and artifacts that confers identity upon the community and establishes its norms and traditions. It is, at its heart, the distillation... read more >


Managing change by keeping your eye on the goal

The replacement of existing policies, cultures or even products with emerging alternatives is difficult for any organization. Key to managing the resulting, if temporary, disruption without attempting to prevent innovation... read more >


The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus... read more >


Why Formation of Church Laity is Important

Bishop Joseph A. Galante began his tenure at the Catholic Diocese of Camden, N.J., by hosting 140 “speak up” sessions over 15 months to hear from parishioners about their primary... read more >


Religious response to disaster is often critical

Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast of the United States in October 2012, causing damage in 17 states and leaving millions without power or worse, with damaged or destroyed homes.... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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