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Leading When Things Go Awry Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-leading-when-things-go-awry Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Leadership , Trust Source: Faith and Leadership Gretchen E. Ziegenhals offers her thoughts on leading when things don't go to plan; when there’s a hitch in the event, meeting, or worship, leaders must improvise, be mindful, check the process, and trust God’s plans. Comforter as a Spiritual Discipline Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-lent-adopt-role-comforter-spiritual-discipline Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Lent , Hope , Comfort , Holy Spirit Source: Faith and Leadership Being “called to the side of another” is a difficult venture, but one that is a mandate from God, writes Gretchen E. Ziegenhals. Living in sacred time, in our ordinary days Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/living-sacred-time-our-ordinary-days Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Faith , Church , Liturgy Source: Faith and Leadership In this article, Gretchen E. Ziegenhals reflects upon the ways the liturgical calendar draws us deep into the realities of faith in this secular world. Acts of the Apostles and the Avett Brothers Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/acts-apostles-and-avett-brothers Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Discipline , Community , Identity , Acts Source: Faith and Leadership In this article, Gretchen E. Ziegenhals suggests that communities -- like musical acts -- thrive when they know their own story and share it with others in a genuine, heartfelt way. Living Prayer by Praying with Beads Article about Worship and the Sacraments by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-living-prayer-praying-beads Article about Worship and the Sacraments by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Prayer , Meditation , How To Pray Source: Faith and Leadership Gretchen Ziegenhals knows intimately the power of a robust prayer life. Here, she shares some of her own practice, telling her readers about her use of Protestant forms of praying with beads. What stories should we tell? Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-what-stories-should-we-tell Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Faith , Family , Hope , Fear Source: Faith and Leadership Gretchen Ziegenhals' reflection and questions about storytelling - individual, family, and institutional - offer food for thought in view of the importance of storytelling in preaching. Finding a church to call home Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/finding-church-call-home Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Culture , Worship , Hospitality , Friendship Source: Faith and Leadership Gretchen Ziegenhals relates a story of her daughter's church shopping, to illustrate the priority of basic hospitality - "encouraging true, deep human interaction" - over preaching or music. The Gracefulness of Hope Scripture Meditation or Sermon by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-gracefulness-hope Scripture Meditation or Sermon by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Grace , Hope , Joy , Discipline Source: Faith and Leadership Reflecting on Matthew 2:1-12, Gretchen Ziegenhals writes that even in a "fearful, divided, and dark world," the Magi gracefully and joyfully sought the Christ child by seeing hope in a tiny point of light. We Are Called to Be Keepers of an Open Tent Article about Preaching by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-we-are-called-be-keepers-open-tent Article about Preaching by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Hospitality , Stranger Source: Faith and Leadership Reflecting on Sarah and Abraham's welcoming of the three visitors in Genesis 18, Gretchen Ziegenhals discusses the importance of hospitality—both to God and to our neighbors!—in church event planning. Organizational leadership in the kitchen Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-organizational-leadership-kitchen Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Leadership , Work , Church Source: Faith and Leadership What if each employee in our church had a better idea of what everyone else is doing? Gretchen Ziegenhals describes a collaborative restaurant model that gives new insight into organizational leadership. A Clean and Healthy Spirit Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-01/sunday-january-29-2012 Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Fruit of the Spirit , Ministry , Integration , Cleansing Source: The Christian Century Drawing on Mark 1:21-28 to differentiate between the unclean spirits that possess us (e.g., jealousy, pride, fear) and the spirit of Christ, Gretchen E. Ziegenhals discusses how ministry leaders can create healthy balance in their lives. Who Are the Wisest Prophets? Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2012-01/who-are-wisest-prophets Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Culture , Healing , Comfort , Prophets Source: The Christian Century This reflection by Gretchen E. Ziegenhals seeks to discern the true from the false in our culture where so many voices claim to be prophetic. Perhaps the wisest prophets are those who restore healing and meaning. Seeing the Ends of the Earth Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2012-01/seeing-ends-earth Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Creation , Power , Reverence , Earth Source: The Christian Century In this reflection, Gretchen E. Ziegenhals recalls moving to a new city, experiencing a new landscape, seeing the ends of the earth. Through that experience, she reflects on Isaiah 40 and the power of God. Love Knows No Boundaries Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-01/sunday-february-5-2012 Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Family , Love , Violence , Reconciliation Source: The Christian Century In 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, the Corinthians needed to know love that knows no boundaries and does not choose sides, even in times of war. The love that ends wars flows from the heart of God. Learning to Walk in the Dark Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/learning-walk-dark Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Fear , Suffering , God's Presence , Darkness Source: Faith and Leadership Barbara Brown Taylor’s book on darkness invites us to lean into the spaces without light, to sit and be quiet, to experience the presence of God. Three Christmas Gifts Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-three-christmas-gifts Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Christmas , Family , Consumerism , Advent Source: Faith and Leadership How do you live out your Christian values during the holiday buying frenzy? For one family, the practice of limiting gift giving to three presents has brought a needed discipline to Christmas. Learning to accept help Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-e-ziegenhals-learning-accept-help Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Service Source: Faith and Leadership Christian leaders must make the practice of accepting help as something that doesn’t threaten our existence but rather is an integral part of our work. Seeking Sanctuary Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-ziegenhals-seeking-sanctuary-through-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolutions Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Spirituality, piety, devotion , Sabbath , Pastoral leadership , Spiritual Growth Source: Faith and Leadership Taking on a spiritual discipline, such as carving out Sabbath time, might strengthen and renew your leadership. And it might be a resolution you can actually keep. Sanctuary Through New Year's Resolutions Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/gretchen-ziegenhals-seeking-sanctuary-through-new-years-resolutions Article by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Leadership , Discipline , New Year , Sabbath Source: Faith and Leadership This article explains how taking on a spiritual discipline, such as carving out Sabbath time, might strengthen and renew your leadership. And it might be a New Year's resolution you can actually keep. Preparing to Love and Serve Our Neighbors Song or Hymn by Gretchen E Ziegenhals https://www.faithandleadership.com/preparing-love-and-serve-our-neighbors-worship-experience Song or Hymn by Gretchen E Ziegenhals Topics: Worship , Love your neighbor , Neighbor , Community Source: Faith and Leadership This service outline is an ecumenical worship experience designed around the questions that animate a ministry of neighboring, and can be used by any group wanting to respond to God’s great love for us.