NEED-MEETING & Research discovers what stresses people most in each state.

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Jesus’ example of sharing the Good News often began by helping people with their physical needs in addition to helping them with their even more critical spiritual needs. (See George Ladd’s excellent theological treatise of this in his book “The Kingdom of God”  as well as John Wimber’s practical example of how to apply it in his book, “Power Evangelism.”) Below is recent research that can familiarize you with the general needs that impact different geographic areas of the United States.

“2018’s Most & Least Stressed States” by Adam McCann,, 4/3/18.

American stress levels have been rising for many demographics since their low point in 2016. Common stressors include the future of America and money, along with uncertainty about health care. But not all demographics are affected in the same way. For example, women’s stress levels rose in the past year while men’s actually dropped.

But certain states have contributed more than others to elevating — or decreasing — stress levels in the U.S. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 38 key indicators of stress to determine the places to avoid and achieve a more relaxing life. Our data set ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate to share of adults getting adequate sleep. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and our full methodology.


Find your state on this interactive map.

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BILLY GRAHAM & As a Fellow of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism I join my colleagues in committing to his vision for a world filled w/ the love of Christ & the gracious manner in which he demonstrated that love.

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. ‭‭1 Cor.‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭

Today’s 2/14/18 Valentine’s Day verse:

“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭MSG

INTER-GROUP UNITY & How to lead inter-group cooperation in an organic manner: The famous R obber’s Cave experiment #IncMagazine

Commentary by Professor B: My undergraduate degree from Purdue University was a bachelor of science in experimental psychology. In this field I learned that by conducting experiments you can discover best practices for
leadership. A classic experiment is the famous Robber’s Cave experiment. I had the opportunity to explore Robber’s Cave once. But, this article by Ari Zoldan reminds us that there are also lessons for creating group unity from this well known experiment about group dynamics.

“A 63-Year-Old Experiment Reveals the Secret to Solving Office Drama”
by Ari Zoldan, Inc. Magazine, 1/31/18.

…The Robber’s Cave experiment involved two groups of 12-year-olds, which were chosen to attend a summer camp. Each group, unaware of the other, was housed in its own cabin, where members participated in activities like swimming and hiking. Over time, the bond within each group grew so strong that they gave themselves names: the Eagles and the Rattlers. They even stenciled the names on their t-shirts.

the two groups were firmly established, the experiment moved to its second stage. Each group encountered the other for the first time, and an immediate rivalry developed. To further encourage conflict, the researchers pitted one group against the other in a series of competitions. This antagonized the groups even more, and they fought intensely to score points over the other. In the end, the Rattlers won, compounding the Eagles defeat with taunts and jeers. This further alienated the groups until, eventually, they even refused to eat together.

With the groups now in open conflict, the experiment moved to its final phase. First, the researchers tried to make the groups mingle together at a movie night or participating in fireworks. Both efforts failed, so the researchers tried a new approach: giving the groups common problems to solve together.

First, the researchers said the drinking water supply had been damaged by vandals. Upon working together to restore the water, the first signs of peace began to emerge between groups. Next, the groups were asked to collectively pay for a movie. Both groups decided on which movie to watch and, by that evening, they had started to eat together.

Over time, researchers posed more mutual problems, and solving each problem strengthened the group’s bond. The key is they were working together on goals which both groups shared an interest in achieving. This made cooperation easier and fostered the seeds of friendship. By the end of the whole experiment, the groups traveled together in the same bus as friends.

The study identifies a critical factor in fostering inter-group cooperation and harmony. Focusing on objectives in which separate parties have a mutual interest boosts inter-group cohesion. Yes, each group retains its separate identity, structure and exclusive dynamics, but when these two parties start working together on goals they both benefit from, inter-group cooperation occurs in an organic manner…

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TRUTH TELLING & (It) has to do with being open with others and representing reality as fully and completely as possible #Northouse

“But being honest is not just about the leader telling the truth. It also has to do with being open with others and representing reality as fully and completely as possible”

(Northouse, 2012)

FACILITIES & A downtown church forges a new path when it decides to tear down two decaying buildings

by Yonat Shimron, Faith & Leadership, Leadership Education at Duke University, 12/12/17.

More than 50 years ago, a church member with a love of children badgered the Rev. Randall Lolley about the congregation’s underused space: “We can’t have these rooms sitting empty,” Mitzi Moore(link is external) told him. “I think we should start a school.”

Scattered among the church’s three large buildings that cover an entire city block in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, were 49 Sunday school classrooms.

Repairing the historic sanctuary is one of the priorities under the new plan. The church now has a block-long footprint.

In those days, First Baptist Church on Fifth,(link is external) one of the city’s most stately and historic congregations, had more than 2,000 members and had grown to encompass 114,000 square feet of space, including a gym and a chapel. Yet even then, classrooms stood empty during the week.

Lolley, one of the most forward-looking pastors of the era, agreed with Moore, and the church founded the county’s first racially integrated day care for children ages 8 weeks to pre-K (plus an after-school program for children through age 12).

This month, the five-star center will close as the church prepares to tear down two of its buildings in a revitalization effort aimed at pushing a now much smaller congregation into the 21st century.

After months of investigating options for keeping the center open or moving it to a new location, the church could find no viable solution for its signature ministry, which it subsidizes with $100,000 a year.

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