Author: marcusjcarlson

The Pastor Crisis

We are facing a full-blown pastor crisis.  Currently, there is a massive shortage of clergy/pastors and other church staff. The signs are everywhere.  Because of the work I do, it is much easier to see the negative than the positive. That said, I generally tend to be a hopeful, optimistic and positive person. I am […]


At the end of January, I head off to Africa for a trip to train pastors and ministry leaders in Uganda and Kenya. I am, as always, excited and honored to be able to do this kind of ministry. It is part of my work with Preparing for Amazement Ministries. Professionally, anytime I can pour […]

Announcing the release of my Third Book!

Habits of Healthy Churches: 7 Practices to Transform Your Church Culture. Here you learn more about the book and how to get your copy. The official book launch is Wednesday October 26, 2022! About the BookHow to OrderReviewsHow you can Help About the Book Author and leadership guru, Patrick Lencioni notes, “the single greatest advantage […]

Closed Systems

Characteristics of Closed Systems In both my life and work, I have worked with, belonged to and encountered a variety of organizational systems. Unfortunately, in that time I have experienced a number of closed systems. Closed systems are by nature unhealthy, even if they or others believe them to be healthy. There are a variety […]

Why Orange?

I often get asked  why it is that I love orange so much. When I am asked, I generally offer one of a couple responses, but decided that it would be fun to write a blog about why I enjoy the color orange so much.  1. I have always liked the color orange. It is […]

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