Theological Musings of the Chair Guy

Are There Mentors Sitting in those Church Chairs?

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. Finding a mentor challenges most emerging leaders – the emergence of the Millennials in leadership brings the subject of mentors to the fore in a fresh way. It is not that Millennials don’t have mentors; in fact according to demographic researchers Millennials maintain some of the healthiest relationships to their parents [...]

Bikers, Church Chairs, Community and Diversity

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. The unmistakable rumble of three dozen Harley Davidson choppers rolling into the church parking lot sent a shiver down my spine and resonated over the church chairs in the sanctuary – it had only been three weeks since the leader of an outlaw gang had threatened to show up on a [...]

When Selling Church Chairs Introduces the Power of Forgiveness

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. It does not happen often but when it does it is awkward and heart-rending. It may be surprising to some that we encounter it at all – most of the stories we hear when we are working with congregations about their seating needs are exciting times of growth or revitalization or [...]

When is Leadership like a Church Chair?

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. It is apparent by the volumes written on leadership that people want to know what authentic and effective leadership looks like. Defining leadership is difficult because definitions of leadership are profoundly impacted by (1) the personality of the leader; (2) the context in which the leader works; (3) the culture in [...]

Get spiritual: Leading the People in your Church Chairs Depends on it

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By Ray Wheeler, DMin. A group of researchers working with the United States Army determined that spiritual leadership is critical to developing organizational commitment and performance. Their research demonstrated that organizational performance is directly related to the ideas of calling/meaning and membership typically associated with spirituality. [1] The researchers point out that; … the tenets [...]