Past Issues of "Something to Talk About"

Bob Osborne, director of Church Leadership and Organizational Development for EFCA West, has been writing articles for the Zipline that are designed to prompt discussion among church leaders whether paid, elected or volunteer.

Uphill Dreams and Downhill Habits - August 2017

Vacations: Relationships, Recreation, Rest or Renewal? - July 2017

Loving Is Harder than Leading - June 2017

What I Learned from Brian - May 2017

We Miss Things When We Don't Look Around - April 2017

Pastors Are Not Like Beer Cans - March 2017

What Do We Do When Things Go Wrong?-February 2017

Leader Development--Hearer or Doers of the Words-January 2017

Turning the Page--Again-December 2016

Speaking in Tongues-November 2016

The Bobble-head Phenomenon-October 2016

Never Leave Baby Unattended-September 2016

What Do We Look Like?-August 2016

Church Leadership and Convoy Driving-July 2016

Help! I Can't Get Down!-June 2016

Of Titles and Tasks-May 2016

It Goes Without Saying-April 2016

Sharpening the Saw-March 2016

Missions-the Why, What and How of Support-February 2016

Transparency, Confidentiality, Secrecy – When to Have What?​-January 2016

What's On Our Website-December 2015

The Answer is in the Room-November 2015

DTR: Supervisor or Teammate?-October 2015

Selecting Elders-What Are We Looking For?-September 2015

Same-sex Marriage: What Should Leaders Do Now?-August 2015

Digital Communications: To Send or Not to Send-July 2015

Caring for Victims, Perpetrators and the Church-June 2015

Focus Isn't Enough; Check Your Aim-May 2015

Parkinson's Law (The Answer is in the Room)-April 2015

Why EFCA?-March 2015

First Thoughts When Facing Pastoral Transition-February 2015

Knowing What to do When Stuff Happens-January 2015

One Chance to Get it Right-November 2014

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team-October 2014

Why Don't We Ask for Help?-September 2014

Are We Using Our Time Wisely?-August 2014

Governance Documents – Friend or Foe?-July 2014

Being Strategic-June 2014

Caring Enough for the Church to Care for Its Leaders-May 2014