Archive for August 2011

Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Plants

Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by New Church Starts by Jim Griffith and Bill Easum A Review by Glen Bickford Written in a readable style, this book is surely helpful to those who are planting churches. What is interesting is that this book is just as helpful to those who are trying to redevelop their…

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Mediation and Judgements

I have learned over the years not to make assumptions during a mediation about who is right and who is wrong. Whenever I do, it seems that information comes along and by the end of a mediation that proves me wrong. Another thing for mediators to remember is that the people who are mediating in…

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Seven Practices of Highly Effective Ministry

Seven Practices Of Highly Effective Ministry[1] by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner and Lane Jones A review by Glen Bickford Seven Practices of Effective Ministry is an unusual book and an unusual read for me. The authors are from North Point Community Church, a corporate sized church in Atlanta, Ga. which Andy Stanley started. Written by folks…

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Power and Peril by David Brubaker

Promise and Peril: Understanding and Managing Change and Conflict in Congregations by David R. Brubaker A Review by Glen Bickford David Brubaker is clearly a master of statistical analysis. There is much to be gained by reading this book from Alban Institute. A few of his insights are qualitative such as building layouts can help explain…

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Mediation and Power

Many issues that a mediator deals with are not the real issues. Often times the stated issues are really a battleground for deeper issues, most often issues of power and control. Does it truly matter which person gets a $10 item in a personal property dispute? And yet at times divorcing couples spend more time…

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