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Leading with laughter

All work and no play makes work life dull for everyone. Replace the Protestant work ethic with the “play ethic” expressed in the Bible, and see what happens.

Photo illustration by Jessamyn Rubio

Practicing what they preach

Spiritual practices and Christian leadership. “You can’t just preach it,” says Jim Wallis, of Sojourners magazine. Wallis and others say daily prayer, Scripture reading and other disciplines give them strength and passion for living the gospel as individuals and in community.

United Methodist Bishop Janice Riggle Huie (right) and Ralph Hendricks of First United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson, Texas. Mike DuBose/United Methodist Communications

Lonely at the top?

The peak of the organizational pyramid can be a lonely spot. But Christian leaders can take steps to feel less isolated.