Michael Readinger

Gratitude – The Year in Review

By Michael Readinger | December 15, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

I look back on 2016 with gratitude on all that has happened in our shared life of this passion-driven health and human service ministry called CHHSM. The dedication of the CHHSM board and staff motivates and pushes me to excel every day. The incredible ministry provided by all of our member organizations constantly inspires me.…

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Board Meetings: Bored No More

By Michael Readinger | November 15, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

In my past two years as president and CEO, I have been blessed to work with the CHHSM Board of Directors as it grows and improves. My role also calls me to serve on the United Church of Christ board, the National Benevolent Association board and the Interfaith Roundtable. I have seen all of these…

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God is Still Speaking

By Michael Readinger | October 16, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

As I approach the two-year mark of my call to be CHHSM president and CEO, I reflect on our work to create a clearer understanding of who we are as a ministry of the United Church of Christ. That work led us to the creation of a new value proposition for what membership looks for…

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Healing

By Michael Readinger | September 14, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

Accidents happen. Some are natural disasters as seen in recent floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. Some are brought on by terrorists or criminals where innocent people become victims of horrific acts. Some are accidents that happen in a split second of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or making a foolish choice. That…

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Rest for the Weary

By Michael Readinger | August 12, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

I recently spent a long weekend with friends on the South Jersey shore. I came back tanned and re-energized from daily workouts, bike rides and time on the beach. It is amazing what that short break did for me. I hope all of you have a chance for a little mental and physical renewal before…

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What’s to Celebrate?

By Michael Readinger | July 13, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

I am conflicted as I write this column. The city of Cleveland is exploding as it celebrates an NBA championship, ending the city’s 52 long years with no pro sports championships. The area is at a high point as the region celebrates the Cavaliers’ basketball victory, but that’s not all that’s going on. The Lake…

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Many Hands Make Light Work

By Michael Readinger | June 14, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

This Haya proverb from Tanzania has been on my mind quite a bit lately. In African culture, “many hands make light work” has a meaning of unity, organization, freedom, collective power, security and development. In our health and human service ministry, I often see similar expressions of this proverb. For example, I was honored to…

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This I Have Learned: There’s No Need to ‘Mike-ro-manage’

By Michael Readinger | May 17, 2016

CHHSM President and CEO Michael J. Readinger was featured in the inaugural “This I Have Learned’ column in the bi-monthly magazine of LeadingAge, an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. In the 18 months that I have been called to my position as president/CEO of our small…

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Who Do You Say I Am?

By Michael Readinger | March 13, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

In Mark’s gospel, just after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say I am?” Then he takes his questioning a step further to ask, “But who do you say I am?” These important questions about servant leadership were lifted up at the 78th CHHSM Annual Meeting in…

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Defining Our Movement

By Michael Readinger | February 15, 2016
Michael J. Readinger

Bold vision. Inspired leaders. Shared values. According to the newly defined membership value proposition, these six words are how you see CHHSM fulfilling its mission of advancing and sustaining the work of healing and service as a ministry of the church. Bold vision is the prophetic voice of our member ministries as they live out…

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