November 2019 E-news from the Siburt Institute

Renewal begins: Another congregation’s journey
In my consulting work with congregations I have the remarkable opportunity to walk alongside all sorts of churches. More and more often, the ones I work with are churches that recognize they are getting smaller and older. Recently I have had multiple conversations with leaders in churches that are preparing to sell their buildings and close up shop. Are there other options?

Yes, other options exist – provided that folks believe in a God who brings life out of death. Church revitalization or church renewal is quite possible when a congregation is willing to acknowledge that, without the work of the Spirit, there is no future for us. In other words, for a church to really thrive, it must first actually believe in the Christian faith!
I’ve been spending a lot of time with one such church for the past six months. Click here to continue reading on Mosaic.

Equipping for Ministry
Are you looking for ways to connect with other leaders in your area? Equipping for Ministry is a networking and learning opportunity we provide in collaboration with the ACU Alumni and University Relations team. Participants gather to share a meal, connect with other leaders, and gain valuable resources. If you’re a minister, elder or other Christ-follower interested in vibrant churches and healthy church life, you’re invited! Save the date for our upcoming spring events in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio (see dates below). Learn more.

From the trenches to the balcony Ministry often occurs in the trenches as ministers offer hands-on service to their churches and communities – from hospital rooms to baptistries. While this work is vital, it is also vital for leaders to spend time in the balcony, writes Dr. Daniel McGraw (’16 D.Min.), who serves with the West University Church of Christ in Houston. The balcony offers a different perspective, helping ministers envision a path forward. Read more.

Ministers’ Support Network (MSN)
Countless ministry couples have become adept at pretending the hard questions don’t exist. Is the call to ministry still a passion, or does it feel like a job? After pouring into the lives of others, what happens when the minister or spouse feels spiritually empty? MSN offers a safe space to tackle the hardest questions as well as a community that will walk with you long after the retreat is over. Contact Robert Oglesby (’81) to recommend yourself or someone else for MSN. Learn more. Fulfill UR Ministry If planning mission experiences is something you do, check out this robust database of more than 1,700 missions resources and missions-sending organizations. Anne Hocking, who works down the hall from us in the Halbert Center for Missions and Global Service, manages this website, which is free for all users. She and her team have compiled a wealth of information about these organizations to help people find tools to benefit current missions endeavors or missions opportunities that align with factors such as core values, group size, trip duration, and destination. Learn more. Team spotlight: Ron Bruner In addition to his work as executive director of Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, Oklahoma, Dr. Ron Bruner (’10 D.Min.) serves as editor of our digital journal, Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry. With an emphasis on effective ministerial practice, Discernment presents articles from an array of contexts such as cross-cultural settings, congregational life and ministries, extra-congregational ministry, and mission contexts. To access published articles or submit an article for review, click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Equipping for Ministry: Houston Ministers’ Breakfast, Jan. 27
Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative Retreat, Feb. 10-13
Equipping for Ministry: DFW Ministers’ Lunch, Feb. 27
Equipping for Ministry: Austin Ministers’ Lunch, March 24
Equipping for Ministry: San Antonio Ministers’ Breakfast, March 25
Ministers’ Support Network Retreat, April 2-5

Our work in the Siburt Institute is made possible by the generosity of friends like you who support and share our mission to serve church leaders and other Christ-followers.

Give to the Siburt Institute.The Siburt Institute for Church Ministry exists to equip and serve church leaders and other Christ-followers for God’s mission in the world.   For more information, visit or contact our office at or 325-674-3732.

October 2019 e-news from the Siburt Institute

Realism and hope
Recently I had the honor of consulting with a lively, growing, suburban congregation. Although no church is perfect, several things stood out about this church. One could argue that their growth comes because they are located in an area where houses are sprouting up out of the prairie like sunflowers. One could say that they are growing because young families are moving into the local neighborhoods; those young families want to find a church home. Those things would certainly be true. However, in my four days with this congregation, several other factors emerged. These reasons for growth transcend simply being at the right place at the right time. In actuality, these factors are much more foundational than being next-door to a thousand new homes. Here is what I saw – which is what I see in most thriving congregations…
Click here to continue reading on Mosaic.
Looking Team
“When the right church and the right minister find each other, everybody wins.” These words from Randy Harris encapsulate the heart behind the Looking Team, a group that helps forge these connections. Read more about the team’s story from Harris and Beth Ann Fisher (’93), Siburt Institute graduate assistant. Read now.
Summit 2019 was a success in many ways. Registration grew by 22 percent this year, and we noticed increased student participation as we expanded our student programming. But perhaps the most astonishing is the surge in online traffic, measured as “views.” By Oct. 1, video recordings of the theme sessions had already been viewed more than 30,000 times on Facebook alone. These sessions are easily accessible on YouTube for you to watch and share with friends. Watch now.
The not-so-cheerful giver
Can you relate to many churches’ experience of asking members to pledge financial support for the upcoming year, and then spending the next year trying to get people to make good on their commitments? In a recent Mosaic article, Tiffany Dahlman, who ministers at Courtyard Church of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina, shares how that congregation took a different approach this year, grounding its process in discipleship. Read more.

Eddie Sharp at Agape Conference
Consulting partner Eddie Sharp (’90 D.Min.) is speaking at the Agape Conference (formerly the United Voice Worship Conference), with a session titled “ ‘The Talk’ as a Beginning of Understanding, Respect and Love.” Join Sharp and a diverse team of speakers and worship leaders Nov. 1-3 in Houston. Learn more and register.

Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative (CMI)
Earlier this month, we spent a week with early-career ministers at a CMI retreat. “Because of the interactions with other ministers and extended time of contemplative prayers, I am never the same,” says Ian Nickerson (’16), evangelist at Minda Street Church of Christ in Abilene and a CMI participant. “I leave the retreat more aware and in tune with the presence of the Spirit of Christ.” Learn more.

Biblical storytelling resources
Dr. Cliff Barbarick, who teaches New Testament in ACU’s College of Biblical Studies, has a passion for helping people experience and internalize Scripture through the art of biblical storytelling. He periodically leads workshops for churches, and his website offers numerous resources. We invite you to schedule a workshop with Barbarick or contact any of these members of the ACU community to work with or speak at your church.

Team spotlight: Gabe Fisher
As our first-ever doctoral fellow, Gabe Fisher (’14 M.Div.) will create and share practical material to serve churches, drawing on his research as an ACU Doctor of Ministry student. He will write several Mosaic articles each year and later develop a presentation for a ministry-focused academic conference or scholarly journal. Fisher’s ministry interests include spiritual care near the end of life, pastoral care, faith and vocation, and ministry with those who have cognitive deficits and disabilities. Read his first article.
Carmichael-Walling Lectures, presented by ACU’s Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts, Nov. 14
Equipping for Ministry: Houston Ministers’ Breakfast, Jan. 27
Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative Retreat, Feb. 10-13
Equipping for Ministry: DFW Ministers’ Lunch, Feb. 18
Equipping for Ministry: Austin Ministers’ Lunch, March 24
Equipping for Ministry: San Antonio Ministers’ Breakfast, March 25
Ministers’ Support Network Retreat, April 2-5
Our work in the Siburt Institute is made possible by the generosity of friends like you who support and share our mission to serve church leaders and other Christ-followers.

Give to the Siburt Institute. The Siburt Institute for Church Ministry exists to equip and serve church leaders and other Christ-followers for God’s mission in the world.   For more information, visit or contact our office at or 325-674-3732.

July 2019 e-news from the Siburt Institute

JULY 2019 E-NEWS   What’s baptism got to do with leadership?

Being a part of a tradition that practices believer’s baptism means that what I am about to say may sound a little odd, but here goes. I do not think that most of us take baptism seriously enough. Really. Of course, we want our children to be baptized, and when people make a commitment to Jesus Christ we do so in a baptismal pool in church or in somebody’s swimming pool after a Bible study. I get that – and, as Jesus says, “it fulfills all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15).

But after a person towels off and the chlorine smell fades, baptism all too often fades into a distant glow. Folks get on with their lives. The deed has been done. It’s time to get back to work and play and family and sorting out how to make it through life balancing some Jesus and taking care of oneself.

That is precisely where our theology of baptism fails us. Baptism becomes a mountaintop experience that recognizes our acceptance of Jesus instead of baptism becoming the first act of a lifetime of following God’s call. I believe it is far too easy for us to think baptism is about our decision to say “yes Lord” without reckoning with the part about dying to ourselves and beginning a new life characterized by Christ’s living presence within us.

In other words, we fail to understand baptism unless we understand that baptism marks us as disciples of Jesus Christ who obey his calling – every single day. Following Jesus isn’t always easy. It means that his purpose becomes my purpose. It means taking risks so that others might find life.

So at one level I would say that baptism has nothing to do with leadership. When church leaders gather it is not usually to read Romans 6 or to recount stories of persons coming to faith. Rather, leaders are often focused on questions about the health and mission of the congregations they serve. But here is the rub, which I want to say lovingly but clearly. If churches have leaders who are not fully sold out as disciples of Jesus Christ – consciously aware of the demands of being a baptized, dead and reborn person committed fully to God’s transforming work in the world – then likely those churches are anemic and more interested in remaining content.

But when churches have leaders who are consciously living with the reality that Christ lives in us and that baptism commissions us to live radical lives of faith, adventure and obedience for God’s mission in the world, I think you will find a church that is lively and full of hope.

So baptism may not have a lot to do with leadership, but baptism has everything to say about discipleship. If leaders are not disciples of the living, acting Lord … well, then our anemic baptismal theology has sadly won the day.

So remember your baptismal commitments: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2.20). Our churches desperately need disciples who will provide leadership toward God’s preferred future!



Ministers’ Support Network offers renewal and discernment
“So many in ministry walk away from the call. Some are forced out due to moral failure. Others simply are work-worn and tired. Here’s the clincher: Most of us are work-worn and tired. But we press on … because the work needs to be done and there are so many souls out there who need to see what redemption and grace and love look like.” These words come from Caryn Blanchard (’10) as she reflected on her experiences on a Ministers’ Support Network (MSN) sabbatical retreat

If you or a ministry couple you know are feeling “work-worn and tired,” we would love to talk with you or them about participating in a future MSN retreat, in hopes of extending support, relief and renewal. Please email the couple’s names, email address and cell phone number to Robert Oglesby, MSN coordinator.  Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jerry Taylor

Registration is open for this year’s Lunch and Learn on Aug. 29! Dr. Jerry Taylor will be speaking on “Why Courage Matters!” Taylor is founding executive director of the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action and associate professor of Bible, missions and ministry. We hope you’ll bring a friend enjoy a word of encouragement and an opportunity to connect with other local church leaders and Christ-followers. Register now! New issue of Discernment available We are pleased to share the latest issue of our journal, Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry. In this issue, Mason Lee (’14 M.Div.) considers the value of patience in dealing with the realities of how congregations read and interpret Scripture. Additionally, Dr. Shannon Rains (’19 D.Min.), Dr. Jennifer Schroeder and Dr. Ron Bruner (’10 D.Min.) offer a practical resource guide for scholars, ministers and church members engaged in children’s ministry.

With Discernment’s growing readership in more than 110 countries, we encourage scholar/practitioners who have completed substantial work in practical theology to consider this peer-reviewed journal as a vehicle to share their hard-earned wisdom. To learn more about how to submit your own work for review, visit the journal homepage or contact Bruner (pictured), editor of Discernment and executive director of Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, Oklahoma. Summer Seminar: Renewing churches for God’s mission

Is your church struggling? Are you concerned about the future of the church? If so, join us August 9-10 as we explore our heritage, honestly assess our current condition and discuss ways to move forward into the future. Want to learn more about this year’s Summer Seminar? Check out this video from spiritual director Randy Harris and founding director Dr. Royce Money (’64) along with this Mosaic post featuring Dr. Wes Crawford (’02 M.Div.), assistant professor of modern and American church history at ACU and one of this year’s seminar speakers. Be sure to register by Aug. 5. Church families bridging the generations at Summit 2019
For years, churches have witnessed the divide between generations, but practical and effective solutions to this problem are rarely obvious. Churches wanting to become more intentionally intergenerational typically raise two questions: “How can we bring the generations back together?” and, more importantly, “Why?”

On Monday, Sept. 16, Holly Catterton Allen and Wilson McCoy III (’10) will address these important questions in a pathway that will draw on Scripture, theology, sociology and practical experience.

Allen teaches family science and Christian ministry at Lipscomb University and co-authored Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community, and Worship. McCoy ministers with the College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon, Tennessee, and his doctoral research focused on intergenerational spiritual formation. 

Join us at Summit 2019 for this and many other insightful pathways. Learn more and register on our brand new Summit website!

Team spotlight: Randy Harris
Randy Harris has been busy this summer as a guest preacher in several Texas churches. His recent preaching travels have included Round Rock (Texas) Church of Christ, Highland and Southern Hills here in Abilene, and Riverside in Coppell. At the end of this month, he will speak at a summer series in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contact Harris if you’d like to invite him to your church, or contact any number of resource people who are eager to work with you as guest preachers, workshop leaders and more.

Summer Seminar, Aug. 9-10
Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jerry Taylor, Aug. 29
ACU’s 113th Summit, Sept. 15-18
Ministers’ Support Network Retreat, Sept. 19-22
Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative Retreat, Oct. 7-10

Our work in the Siburt Institute is made possible by the generosity of friends like you who support and share our mission to serve church leaders and other Christ-followers.

Give to the Siburt Institute.

June 2019 E-news from the Siburt Institute

JUNE 2019 E-NEWS   One Thing Never Changes!
In a time when things are changing rapidly, the one thing that brings order in the chaos is the thing that does not change. The challenge for church leaders is that we can often mistake what that one thing is!

Instinctively, we all resist change. No one enjoys finding a new dentist, moving your favorite chair to a new place in your living room or taking on a new set of responsibilities at work. Yet the inevitability of change is very much a part of human experience. When it comes to church, we are not any different. Things have changed in most of our churches over the past 20 years. For example, many of our churches are now smaller and older than they used to be! We may sing different songs or offer different sorts of ministries. Yet how do we navigate what might need to change about the way we live out our Christian faith?

Here is the rub: we are more likely to allow change in our church contexts when the change we are considering does not really threaten long-held practices or beliefs. We are less likely to advocate for a change that might stir up folks or feel threatening. In our churches, we often make decisions about change based on whether (or not!) it will ruffle feathers. Our criteria becomes, “How do we keep the most people happy?” Sadly, I don’t think the Christian faith is particularly interested in keeping people happy.

I want to highlight a different way to navigate change: working with the one thing that does not change. I could name this one thing in a number of ways. I could follow the witness of Hebrews 13: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Or perhaps it might be useful to say it this way: God began something in Jesus Christ – to restore all persons. God commissioned the church to be the agency for this redemptive work in the world. The church is on a mission to embody God’s invitation to the world!

That mission has not changed, and for leaders who understand their calling, that mission is the foundational principle by which all other things are evaluated. The mission matters!

As your church wrestles with next steps – whatever they may be in your context – consider beginning the discernment process by asking, “How do we extend God’s mission to our community?” Without that essential question on the table, any discussion about next steps will quickly devolve into keeping people happy.

I suppose, if we really thought about it, the best way to foster true happiness (or joy) might be to illuminate once again the remarkable calling the church has to bear witness to Jesus – for the sake of the world!



A Year in the Life of the Siburt Institute
We are excited to release our 2018-19 Year in Review. The publication traces our team’s pursuit of the Siburt Institute’s mission through the four major practices of formation, resourcing, networking and reflection. Read highlights from the past year, including reflections from Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative and Ministers’ Support Network participants, new blog and web resources and highlights from ACU’s 112th Summit and other events. We cherish the numerous opportunities to connect with and serve alongside so many of you throughout the world as we seek to serve and equip church leaders and other Christ-followers for God’s mission in the world.

Finding Faith in an Anxious World
Congregational transitions are not the only kind of change that creates anxiety among Christ-followers today. As we struggle to keep up with the latest technologies, political news and cultural trends, some have suggested that our core fears and anxieties have remained remarkably consistent. In his latest Mosaic article, Dr. Jason Locke (’93 M.S.), preaching minister for the College Church of Christ in Fresno, California, reflects on faith, fear and the Christian life. 

Lunch and Learn: Why Courage Matters!
Save the date for this year’s Lunch and Learn event with Dr. Jerry Taylor, who will speak on “Why Courage Matters!” Taylor is associate professor of Bible, missions and ministry at ACU and the founding executive director of the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action.

The seminar will take place in ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Aug. 29. Cost is $15, and registration will open soon.

Siburt Institute Team Transitions
Our team recently entered into a period of transition. At the end of May, we said goodbye to our friend and associate director Curtis King, who has been an integral part of the institute since its founding in 2012. After much prayer and discernment, Curtis decided to pursue a new call to nonprofit work in the Dallas/Fort Worth community. We already miss him!

Beginning this month, assistant director Karissa Herchenroeder will serve as editor of our monthly e-newsletters, so please contact her if you have any questions. Additionally, events coordinator Renee Paul and administrative coordinator Ola Mae Bulkley are increasing their involvement with minister transition resources, frontline communication and more. Visit our website for updated contact information and bios. 

Special Student Series at Summit 2019
Mo Isom is the New York Times best-selling author of Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold and Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot. She is a nationally sought-after speaker, a popular faith-based blogger, a former All-American soccer goalkeeper and the first female to have trained with and tried out for an SEC men’s football team.

She is widely recognized as a powerful female voice for her generation and her unique personal story and athletic endeavors provide her with a platform to challenge, encourage, and equip others to live boldly, despite their circumstances. Having faced great personal tragedy, including battling an eating disorder, overcoming the suicide of her father and surviving a horrific car accident, Isom is passionate about speaking on a variety of topics and is able to connect with men and women of all ages and demographics.

In a special series for students, Isom will speak on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. Join us for these and many other incredible sessions at Summit 2019! MARK YOUR CALENDARS Summer Seminar, Aug. 9-10Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jerry Taylor, Aug. 29ACU’s 113th Summit, Sept. 15-18Ministers’ Support Network Retreat, Sept. 19-22Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative Retreat, Oct. 7-10 PARTNER WITH US Our work in the Siburt Institute is made possible by the generosity of friends like you who support and share our mission to serve church leaders and other Christ-followers.

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May 2019 E-news from the Siburt Institute

Three Dimensions of Leadership for Growing (and Dying) Churches!

Last month, I offered a brief introduction to a wonderful book on leadership by Tod Bolsinger titled Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.1 One significant feature of the Bolsinger’s book is his contribution to thinking about the sort of leadership needed in congregational contexts today. When I say congregational contexts, I am speaking of churches that are likely aging and in significant decline, and I also am speaking of young churches experiencing vitality and life. Both kinds of churches need the things that Bolsinger offers!

Bolsinger names three vital dimensions that need to be in play for leaders. First is the dimension of technical competence. Bolsinger reminds us that even in new and uncertain times, churches still need certain basic things done well. All these matter: faithful stewardship; handling the nuts and bolts of congregational care and life; the ability to maintain effective, streamlined decision-making; and caring for the unseen and unexpected crises that emerge. Leaders must be trusted to do what the congregation has hired or affirmed them to do. Without technical competence, a church will be unwilling to try new things or step out in faith toward a new future.

Second, leaders must demonstrate relational coherence. Undergirding all congregational life and vitality is the reality of strong, meaningful relationships. Relational coherence refers to the credibility, connectedness and character leaders must possess to facilitate and nurture trust. Relationships must cohere; that is to say, relationships need to reflect honesty and authentic empathy. A lack of solid relationships will severely limit the capacity for a church to engage with its mission.

Third, leaders need adaptive capacity. This dimension refers to the ability to get on the balcony and see the big picture. Having seen the bigger picture, then the task is to undertake an experiment and try something that might extend mission. Being adaptive means being willing to take a risk, to try something new and then learn about it. It also can mean looking at reality and reframing something that may appear to be a bad thing to see the opportunity that lies latent within it.

When leaders possess all three of these dimensions and practice them, their churches will be well positioned to pay attention to God’s preferred future. More than that, those leaders will be well positioned to act as dynamic partners with God in kingdom activity. May God bless you as you develop your technical competence, your relational coherence and your adaptive capacity, all for the sake of God’s work in the world!


Carson 1. InterVarsity Press, 2018.
2019 Ministers’ Salary Survey results now online
Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Ministers’ Salary Survey. The results of the survey are now available! This nationwide survey, an ongoing service of the Siburt Institute, gathers information about current compensation levels for ministers in Churches of Christ.

The survey compares minister compensation packages, including allowances and benefits, and provides information on the number of years in ministry, educational background, experience, and various other factors. To reflect up-to-date information, the survey was administered during the first few months of the year, requesting data on 2019 compensation packages. Once again, the survey process was led by Dr. Carley Dodd (’70), professor emeritus of communication and research director for the Siburt Institute. Dodd was kind enough to offer several reflections on this year’s data, including key takeaways for elders and ministers.

If you serve in a paid ministry position within the Churches of Christ and would like to participate in the 2020 survey, please complete this brief online form. Email us at with questions or feedback.
Ministry of reconciliation
In a special guest series on Mosaic, Maurice Dent and Drew Baker (’12) offer insights into the complexities and importance of pursuing racial reconciliation within the church. In part one, Baker reflects on how our vision of God’s kingdom relates to our (often flawed) perception of diversity. In part two, Dent and Baker discuss practical challenges to racial reconciliation in our worship practices. And in part three, the authors suggest three key commitments necessary for moving toward reconciliation. Dent (pictured, left) is lead minister for the Gate City Church of Christ in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Baker (pictured, right) ministers in Lewisville, North Carolina.
Register for Summer Seminar with Randy Harris
Join us for our Summer Seminar, “Rich Heritage, Unfolding Future: Renewing Churches for God’s Mission,” Aug. 9-10 in ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center. Under the leadership of Randy Harris (pictured, right), our growing team of presenters and panelists includes (pictured below, from top left) David Bearden, Dr. Wes Crawford (’02 M.Div.), Alejandro Ezquerra, Dr. Douglas Foster, Dr. Suzie Macaluso, Dr. Royce Money (’64), Ian Nickerson (’16) and Dr. Carson Reed (’95 D.Min.). Watch our website for additional presenters!

Register today! The event cost is $60 and includes meals. Registration closes Aug. 2.
Cross-Cultural Pathway at Summit 2019
It matters how we engage in multicultural relationships within our churches and leadership teams! All people are welcomed into the body of Christ, and the church is the physical embodiment of that welcoming.
This year at Summit, Dr. Jared Looney (’96), executive director and team leader at Global City Mission Initiative; Manny Dominguez, youth minister at the Hills Church; and Seth Bouchelle (’13), team leader at Global City Mission Initiative, will lead a full-day pathway on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Global City Mission Initiative gathering
The pathway will focus on the challenges of multicultural leadership and discipleship, offering useful advice for any church concerned with its multicultural relations. Speakers also will explore unique challenges and benefits facing leadership teams as they seek to diversify their staffing in response to changing demographics and shifting religious and spiritual perspectives.

Please plan to join us Sept. 15-18 in Abilene for the 113th annual Summit.
Summer Seminar, Aug. 9-10Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jerry Taylor, Aug. 29ACU’s 113th Summit, Sept. 15-18Minister Support Network Retreat, Sept. 19-22Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative Retreat, Oct. 7-10
“Being a leader inevitably involves disappointing people. Someone will eventually misunderstand or criticize our decisions. But our goal is pleasing God, not trying to make everyone happy. Our goal is to serve the church with our gift of leadership.” – Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God “The thoughtful, relationship-oriented person in an organization may not always be the one with the most important title on the door or the one who dominates meetings. It may not even be the person to whom others turn for action. But in every successful organization there is at least one person who is oriented toward relationships and who guides others. The official leader does well to identify and encourage this person.” – Philip Crosby, The Absolutes of Leadership