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How to disarm church antagonists: don’t take them so seriously

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Are you struggling with an antagonist in your church? How we respond to those who seem to be threatening us can be as critical as any inherent threat in them.

Doing a New Year's book clearout of my shelves, I came across one of my favorite children's books, Flossie and the Fox. (This wonderful edition by Patricia C. McKissack is still in print almost 30 years later, worth getting even if you don't have kids.) Most of my kids' books are long gone, but this one I hold on to. I've written about Flossie before, but I think she's worth a revisit.

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What is your purpose this Advent?

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

It's not too late to consider your purpose at church this Advent. At this point you may say, "to survive." Or, "I don't have time to think about my purpose! We have to finish the budget, or I have to visit shut-ins, or I still have to plan the Christmas Eve worship."

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November 08, 2016

Can’t keep up? Nine ways to simplify your ministry

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Fall is well underway. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Ministry is hard work, but there are ways to make it easier. Here are nine ideas to make your ministry (a little) simpler.
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October 25, 2016

Three reasons to love asking people to give

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

When you provide leadership in stewardship at church, you do essential work.Here are three reasons to love asking people to give.
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July 13, 2016

Doing nothing: an essential spiritual practice for church leaders

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

It's important, especially for church leaders, to do nothing every day, every week and every year.
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June 01, 2016

Warning: being nice in ministry can be a problem

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Are you too nice? Being nice won't take you through a whole career in ministry, and it won't help you help your church reach its potential.
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May 13, 2016

7 Things Your Church Doesn’t Need to Hear You Say about Money

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Here’s a list of things your people don’t need to hear you say. I’ve said most of them over the years, or some version of them. But I think I was mistaken.
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April 19, 2016

Are You Looking Up Enough?

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Looking up at the sky (literally!) can help you get perspective on your ministry.
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April 05, 2016

Are you trying to make people grow?

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

our efforts to make people change often produce the opposite effect. It’s counterproductive to be willful. Here's another way to approach the process of change at church.
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March 21, 2016

How to Survive Holy Week: A Guide for Church Leaders

The Rev. Margaret Marcuson (ABCUSA)

Here are some ideas for surviving Holy Week with more grace and less stress.