When Trustees work.

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A task force of NAMB trustees has issued a written report concerning the allegations raised by the Christian Index. The report is here. History will tell, but this may be one of the most important events of the year, convention -wise. IMB’s dysfunction has received a lot of attention, but NAMB’s board is showing how… Read more »

Goodnewsreaders

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Ray Van Neste links to “Don’t be original — be effective!“, an apologia (vs. apology) for sermon plagiarism by Steve Sjogren, posted in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox at Pastors.com.  I’ve often heard people defend near-plagiarism, but Sjorgren defends word for word use of other people’s materials.   In fact, his assumption seems to be that… Read more »

Redeemer’s self-imposed silence

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Steve McCoy notes Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s no-participation policy for media stories.  Is this a good policy?  Or an abandonment of mass mainstream communication to the poorly spoken?  

Strategy without Disruption

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Robert Kaplan and David Norton write about “How to Implement a New Strategy Without Disrupting Your Organization” in this month’s Harvard Business Review. They argue that too many organizations combine structural change and strategic change — whether or not the structural change is really necessary. Structural change brings up its own set of problems that… Read more »

NAMB’s Rec[c]ord.

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The Georgia Christian Index recently published a lengthy review of Bob Reccord’s ten-year tenure at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).  Key points: There has been a surprising shift toward volunteer and self-supporting missionaries; the full-time, paid mission force has shrunk by about 10% over the past decade. At the same time, NAMB has invested… Read more »

Other happenings

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My daytime (paying) job has required a lot of attention lately, and blogging has been running a distant third or fourth at best, after family, work, and property maintenance. But a lot of neat things are going on: The Salvation of Souls, a ‘new’ volume of Jonathan Edwards’ sermons on the role of ministers and… Read more »