A friend and I started reading The Screwtape Letters together a few weeks ago, and I’ve been reminded about how much I really love this book. If you’ve never read, it’s a peek at the correspondence of two demons. A senior demon, Screwtape, is trying to teach his nephew, Wormwood, how to “bring humans over to Our Father’s side.” Somethings feel upside and backwards as you’re reading it – like the reference to “Our Father” … that’s Satan. God is referred to as The Enemy.
A few weeks ago some reminded me about this post when they added a comment: Dicey Conversations. I’ve been thinking about this and “hard conversations” and conflict a lot lately. The secret to having a great hard conversation is starting with empathy. I’m continuing my pull from Dr. Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead today to talk about some steps for empathy.
There are a lot of books about leadership on the market. I use many of them in the workshops I lead for Dioceses, including the work I mentioned a few weeks ago about the Change Style Indicator. I was cleaning off my desk last week and saw this book again. I’ve loved Dr. Brené Brown’s work for years including her books, TED talks, Netflix special, and her general take on shame, vulnerability, and courage. I want less of the first and a ton more of the last two, don’t you?
If you’ve been around here any length of time, then you know I love a good book club. I think books (fiction and non-fiction) can help us understand ourselves and others better. When we understand each other, we can establish stronger relationships with fellow parishioners, neighbors, friends, and the Lord. That’s why I’m so excited to share with you about the New Hope Book Club from OSV.
This parish book club is an example of what can happen when everyone at the parish is on the same page. A focus on a particular topic for all formation from children to teens to adults can transform your parish culture!
I read a lot of books, some are okay, but some are fantastic! Made for Mission was fantastic!! I’ve been sharing with you for a few months … but in case you need one more push to get you and your staff a copy, here it is!
We weren’t created for brokenness, but we all live it every day. We are a wounded people living in a broken world. Too many times we gloss over this in ministry at our parishes or want people to deal with it before they arrive … but our parishes can be a place of hope and healing.
Continuing to read through “Made for Mission” I came across a deeper definition of what “Maintenance Mode” is and how it might be showing up at your parish. Let’s dig in!
The saints are my primary authority on prayer and finding ways ordinary people grow in holiness. Everyone wants their ministry to be more effective, more successful, and even easier. Sometimes easier isn’t actually better … but I know one thing that can make your ministry better … if only you prioritize the time for it!
I read a lot of books – and some of them are good enough to share! This one definitely was so I got permission to give you all a full chapter for free!! Donna’s an expert communicator and marketer, her advice is not to be missed!