• wisdom for life's transitions
    The wisdom you need to make difficult transitions
  • Are you trying to gather new people or make existing members better disciples?
    How clarity of vision can save your church from the daily apocalypse
  • Kickstarter
    Kickstarter and 3 Questions Workshops use this discernment tool
  • For congregations and individuals, this rule always apples.
    This is the inescapeable rule for churches and individuals
In San Diego there’s a boat museum with three old submarines tied to the dock. I was visiting the Russian Whisky Class submarine from the 1970s, when I noticed a beautiful sailboat tacking against the wind in the harbor. What’s the difference between these two boats? The sailboat is dealing with wind and current. It is taking risks. The Russian sub is securely fastened to the shore. It is a museum piece. I find that when I talk about the church in the postmodern world, the image of the sailboat resonates with only a few church leaders.
To be a sailboat is risky
All transition has three components. It doesn’t matter if you are moving to a new location, starting a career, or exiting puberty. For general terms you could name the components: body, soul, and relationships. Attention should be paid to each one; failed transitions and broken hearts are often the product of rushing the process and failing to do one or two components well.
To find Shalom we need to consider the needs of each part
Anger is one of Elizabeth Kugler-Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief , and as Scott Peck reminds us, grief is a part of every transition. Say, we lose our job. While adrift, we stew. “I gave the best years of my life…” In time, we move on to another career, or discover that God had a reason for it. We accept it as a blessing. Still, anger was a real stage in our transition. When someone we love dies, anger often lashes out at an innocent bystander. It is human nature to shoot the messenger. We may be excited about moving to a new neighborhood, but soon reality sets in.
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance

Three Questions that Church Leaders Must Ask

<p>"To understand is hard. Once one understands, action becomes easy." (Sun Yat Sen)&nbsp; This is especially true of the church. We may hope and pray for renewal, but until we understand what is holding us back, our every action is ineffective. Three questions have been proven effective in leading to both understanding and action:</p> <p>1) What is the nature of the church?</p> <p>2) Where is society taking us?</p> <p>3) What does God call us to do? (our unique vocation).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
First of three questions
“If I don't have the moral courage to challenge authority... we don't have journalism." - James Foley (1st American civilian killed by ISIS)
Martin Buber said, “The world is not an obstacle on the way to God, it is the way.” I am a person who hates interruptions. I have learned that God hates my hate. See http://billkemp.info/content/mission-first-people-always-0
We all search for peace. Peace in our bodies is called health. In our relationships, it is called love. As we struggle to pay the bills and keep our families secure, peace is contingent upon God’s good grace and providence...

Vision Guiding Questions

There are three questions that guide the visioning process. They relate to nature, context, and mission. In this workshop, Bill Kemp shows how these questions developed by Ram Charan for the business setting can be translated for the church use. Asking the right questions is especially important for congregations in transition. The same questions phrased differently can help individuals set appropriate personal goals. The biblical and theological underpinnings of each question will be explored.

Finding Shalom Workshop

Intentional interim ministers have a tool box they use to bring Shalom to traumatized and conflicted congregations. That same tool box can helpful for individuals seeking Shalom. To find inner peace we must learn from our past, live compassionately in the present, and plan without anxiety for our future. This is more than simply a balancing act. One must develop a healthy decision making process. One must understand the roles and relationships that provide structure for our individual lives. One must find new ways to bridge conflicts and offer forgiveness.
How to heal the past, be compassionate today, and nonanxious for the future
In San Diego there’s a boat museum with three old submarines tied to the dock. I was visiting the Russian Whisky Class submarine from the 1970s, when I noticed a beautiful sailboat tacking against the wind in the harbor. What’s the difference between these two boats? The sailboat is dealing with wind and current. It is taking risks. The Russian sub is securely fastened to the shore. It is a museum piece. I find that when I talk about the church in the postmodern world, the image of the sailboat resonates with only a few church leaders.
To be a sailboat is risky
All transition has three components. It doesn’t matter if you are moving to a new location, starting a career, or exiting puberty. For general terms you could name the components: body, soul, and relationships. Attention should be paid to each one; failed transitions and broken hearts are often the product of rushing the process and failing to do one or two components well.
To find Shalom we need to consider the needs of each part
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