Many who join Christian organizations as volunteers or paid employees understand it to be a calling from God. This calling drives them on while facing the inevitable trials associated with serving Christ in a broken world. Beat up relationships, financial struggle, and thankless service are commonplace in our service in God's kingdom. We find shalom … Continue reading Shalom: Peace in the Serving
The horrible effects of working under toxic employers are legion. Dan Allender, the author of the book, "Bold Love," says, “Evil…strips people of their hope.” A study found up to 15% of suicides committed in Sweden were “due to isolation and victimization at work.” It is hard to hope in a future when caught in the brokenness … Continue reading Abuse Strips People of Their Hope
There once was a frog swimming happily in a river. He heard a voice call out from the riverbank. As he came closer he saw it was a scorpion. The scorpion asked the frog for a ride across the river. The frog, knowing scorpions, refused saying, "Scorpions sting. How do I know you won't kill … Continue reading Sinking a Christian Organization: Normal Leadership Failures
Graham, one of my interviewees when researching toxic organizational leadership, expressed dismay at his “naiveté” in believing there would be “healing and reconciliation” when he was involved in a confrontation with his CEO. His organization had been founded and built into an international mercy ministry by the CEO. Having carefully planned a humble approach with the … Continue reading Confrontation: Lions and Tigers and Bears…
What does it look like when a toxic boss truly repents? Lessons can be learned from Lundy Bancroft's writing on domestic violence.
Mark was at the pinnacle of his career. He had successfully led two mission organizations, one to unprecedented growth with global notoriety. He is an exceptional networker. His strengths are clearly in community building for ministry. Mark had been warned about the dysfunction of the board of directors that oversaw the organization for which he … Continue reading Trusting in Silence: Waiting for Godly Counsel