Welcome to Marcuson’s Church Leadership Blog, a blog about how church leaders sustain themselves through the ups and downs of congregational life. Long-term leadership is what makes a difference for congregations–but how do you get there, when the day-to-day and year-to-year stresses of leading a church can wear you out? Edwin Friedman said, “Stress comes less from overwork than from taking responsibility for the problems of others.” How do clergy and other congregational leaders take responsibility for themselves, get clear about their goals and direction, and maintain strong connections with those they lead? This is the key to success in congregational life. This blog will include my own reflections on leadership, thoughts from congregational and wider church leaders, and other leaders of interest, and your input on your experiences as leaders in a variety of denominational, geographic and demographic settings. Thanks for reading!