Professional Development

6 things all leaders should solemnly swear Just as doctors take the Hippocratic oath when starting out in their careers, so corporate leaders should swear a pledge acknowledging their duties and obligations, writes Kevin Eikenberry. He suggests a pledge that includes promises to ask more questions, to acknowledge and work to understand dissenting views and to be patient with change-resistant employees. “And if you care to join me, you will be making a commitment to communicate more effectively, and lead with greater influence,” he writes.

Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Work-Life Balance

This is a good article that outlines the DNA of high functioning entrepreneurs. It also outlines principles that are diametrically opposed to everything that we teach pastors.  Life balance is one of the major emphasis that we encourage pastors to develop in early interviews as potential ministry candidates are beginning their journey.

As entrepreneurs, we have zero sense of balance. We’re all in, all the time. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, weekday or weekend — each of us focuses on our vision with a single-minded passion.

JEFF STIBEL  Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and author ofWired for Thought.


Mainline churches are in desperate need of entrepreneurial pastors who will plant and redevelop churches.  The behavioral DNA of entrepreneurs are nurtured out of a candidate so they will be effective as a pastor in our average churches. The ordination committees really need to rethink their approach to identifying church planters and redevelopment pastors.  We see these entrepreneurial pastors being successful in non denominational settings and as they grow with the congregation most of them develop the life balance necessary to be effective pastors.

A paradigm shift is necessary to attract and support entrepreneurial pastor.  I believe that this has significant implications for all mainline churches.

I have added a bookshelf to the blog.  These are some of the books that will be informing my ministry and writing for 2008.  I would love to open up a discussion about any book on the bookshelf.  I will add the other 10  books over the next month.

Today marks a significant anniversary in my blogging journey. After observing the blogging trends, following the leadership of Rev. Jay Voorhees and Rev. Theresa Coleman I began blogging on WordPress one year ago. I had dibbled and dabbled with Blogger previously and began to see the possibilities of reaching out in ministry through the blog.

I am humbled and amazed that over 14,000 people have logged on to read my ramblings and reflections. I have grown with the comments and challenges of the few who are brave enough to leave a comment. The articles that I thought were profound were never read and others that were random thoughts have been popular beyond belief.

I will be blogging with purpose for the next year. To communicate about our new worship service The Grace Cafe and to share our community evangelism events. I will also be writing about church redevelopment and reviewing several of the books that I am reading. I welcome your input and pray that this blog has been a blessing to you.

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Guided By Grace

Pastor William T Chaney Jr

“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply ALL my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”
Og Mandino

For those who live in the Baltimore, Elliott City, Columbia, and Catonsville area I would like to invite you to join me for a new ministry venture, Motivational Mondays.  We will be meeting at Panera Bread Company, 6600 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228.

I  will provide a short motivational scriptural reflection about attitudes, conflict management, coaching, time management, finding a job, developing a career and other related topics.  The goal is to assist people in connecting their professional lives to the Gospel.  We will be investigating questions on how the scriptures can influence and affect our relationships with friends, co-workers, family members. and ultimately impact our success.

Our first session is October 15th at 5:30.  Everyone is invited.  For more information email info@thegracecafe dot net or call 410 945 8397
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