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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As 2022 unfolds, there’s one word traditionally associated with a new year that I’m not hearing at all these days: Opportunity. Almost nobody wants to talk about it – or even consider the possibility – as we find ourse...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As the Universal Church begins its process of conducting a “Synod on Synodality,” one issue that should be put on the table for discussion is the fact that there is an option to closing parishes as the number of priests to pastor the...

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By David Coe Master Facilitator When we hear or read in John 3:16 -- “For God loved the World so much that he gave His only Son...” -- it is only natural to think about the greatness, the enormity of our God. After all, He truly is the Creator of our world, indeed, the whole univer...

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If you’re a church leader or know a church leader, a good way to start off the New Year right would be to buy a new book and either read it or give it to the leader you know. We’re not talking just any book. There are, of course, dozens of fine books to help people do a better job of ...

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By Ken Ogorek Patrick Lencioni’s book The Ideal Team Player identifies three traits -- humble, hungry and smart -- as very helpful for leadership team members, including the leader, to have and to cultivate. In my retreat work with Catholic leadership teams (e.g. parish staffs) I’v...

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A new poll on the eve of the UN’s climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, known as COP26, indicates that a majority of Americans – 59% -- consider the deteriorating climate a problem of high importance to them. That’s up 10 percentage points from a similar survey in 2018. That n...

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By David Coe Master Facilitator One good thing about this pandemic: It has given us time to stop, think, reflect and pray. While praying a thought occurred to me, one that was challenging at the same time. I asked myself: What makes you happy? After reflection, I came to this conclusion:...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Every issue of The Catholic Leader focuses on how to be a better leader – ideally, a Jesus-like Leader, someone who embodies the roles of servant, steward and shepherd. (If you were in church this past weekend, you heard Jesus tell his ...

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By Dick Kunnert Yeshua Board Member/Master Facilitator September slipped past me as Suicide Prevention Month, but the issue is just too critical to put off until that month rolls around in another year. I’m compelled to comment on the issue of suicide prevention from a Catholic Christian...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute There’s an invaluable resource available to every leader, but only a relatively small number of them ever become aware enough to use it. We call those in these select ranks Effective Leaders. Steve Keating calls them Authentic Leaders. ...

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