CHHSM Advancing the Healing & Service Ministry of Jesus Christ



Val-You Proposition »

April 14, 2015

In previous columns, I talked about the importance of belonging and the language we use to communicate. Now I ask you to reflect on why you choose to belong to CHHSM. What are the compelling reasons to be a member of this community of practice? Your reasons form the basis of a value proposition for CHHSM.


Now What? »

March 13, 2015

A few years ago, I went on a group vacation to Mexico. We stayed in a settled area, but the casa we rented was staffed by locals who spoke absolutely no English. We all spoke a little Spanish (some studied it years ago, others used language course CDs), but only one of us was fluent enough to communicate effectively.


Transformation »

February 11, 2015

Why all this talk about transformation? Because transformation is the only constant that exists in our lives. Transformation happens at every level, starting with our personal interactions, friendships and networks, which have profound impacts on our world views. We are also informed and influenced by the social, political and legal environment that shapes our society. 


From Longing to Belonging »

January 14, 2015

As I reflect on what it means to be a membership organization, my viewpoint is touched by the recent holidays – the Advent season of anticipation, the warmth and happiness of Christmas, and the hope of the New Year.


Faithful Fragility »

December 14, 2014

In my final meeting as CHHSM president with the board of directors, I shared a quote from my 1991 application cover letter to the CHHSM president and CEO search committee. It said “organizations like CHHSM are perpetually fragile because their fundamental mission is to pursue meaning, thus the product of their work will never have measurable market value.”


CHHSM 2.0 »

November 11, 2014

I am pleased and honored to pen this, my first column as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ new president and CEO. I give my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have entrusted me with this important call to servant leadership.


Young Black Men, You Scare Me »

August 22, 2014

It is likely presumptuous, even risky, for a privileged white man to enter into the conversation regarding the events in Ferguson, Missouri. But the fact that many of our CHHSM colleagues in the St. Louis community are acutely experiencing the symptoms of our nation’s chronic racial disease makes silence a cowardly option.

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