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Tending a tsunami of anxiety

A domino effect of anxiety moving around a group can create such intense stress that no one can be heard accurately.

A tsunami of anxiety has washed across our Lutheran communities since last August's Churchwide Assembly. In systems theory, the issues most powerful in creating anxiety in churches are sexuality, finance and change.

We're awash in all three.

Because of sexuality decisions, finances are at risk and the perception of change is extreme. Moreover, we're part of a larger culture anxious over terrorism, war, finances, health care and massive change. No church leader today can escape the harmful impact of an anxiety avalanche.


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