Transition

len on December 3rd, 2014

Meg Wheatley writes, “We are lost—as a global culture, as organizations, and perhaps as individual leaders. We are in new territory, this brave new world that operates at hyper speed, hyper stress, and hyper irrationality. Our old maps for creating capacity no longer apply; in fact they only get us more lost. So I’ve been […]

Continue reading about lost — and waiting

len on November 11th, 2014

Fred Polak (1961) writes of what he calls the “broken future of western culture.” He notes it is the first time we have experienced an “absence of persuasive positive images of the future.” And isn’t that OUR story — the story of the western church? True, we still have hope — we still say that […]

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len on October 19th, 2014

Today’s church is in serious trouble. The crisis we see is a crisis in leadership, because leaders help to shape adaptive responses, like navigators reading the currents to guide a ship to harbor. Leaders cease being navigators when they fear change, or loss of influence, but also when the pressure of leadership tends to create […]

Continue reading about leadership in the chaordic age

Many foundational questions surround both theology and practice in relation to Christian leadership at this time in our culture: what does leadership look like in this in-between place? What kinds of structures will facilitate authentic transformation in this community? What sorts of disciplines are necessary to help us prepare for the social changes we will […]

Continue reading about in a narrow space – church and culture in transition

len on August 31st, 2014

Some time ago I was listening to CBC radio and a discussion with an architect on “ecology and desire.” This past week I heard part of a conversation on our ability to embrace diversity. What was interesting to me about the latter conversation was that it was rooted in BC, the province that has been […]

Continue reading about disorientation and renewal

len on July 19th, 2014

My friend Dave Fitch writes, “The NT church is not about whether women should be “over” men or men “over” women. It is about eliminating the “over” entirely. It is about abolishing the politics of anybody being over anybody and instead we all come together mutually under one Lord where the organization of authority is […]

Continue reading about beyond egalitarian and complementarian debates

He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. If they do, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the […]

Continue reading about Organizational Renewal – another look at “wineskins”

len on August 24th, 2013

Back in early April of this year, a friend pointed us to an old church in Thunder Bay Ontario. It turned out that this people had been through some difficult waters, but they were hopeful, and committed to see gospel fruitfulness in their city. Pastor a First Baptist Church? It seemed crazy. But when we […]

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len on July 25th, 2013

“Barth insists that we do not read [the bible] and the subsequent writings that are shaped by it in order to find out how to get God into our lives, get him to participate in our lives. No. We open this book and find that page after page it takes us off guard, surprises us, […]

Continue reading about Eat this book..

len on July 24th, 2013

Meg Wheatley writes on making new maps: “People lost in the wilderness, whose immediate survival is at stake, have only one option left at this point. They must accept their situation: they are truly lost… Not being lost is not a matter of getting back to where you started from; it is a decision not […]

Continue reading about practices for creating new maps