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Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.
About The Director
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div, M.S.A., received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 1983. In 1997, he also received a Masters Of Science In Administration (M.S.A.) from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA. A certified Interim Minister and member of the Interim Ministry Network, Tom has attended numerous trainings relating to organizational health, conflict management, intervention in organization, etc. His studies in church conflict have led him to a specific interest in trauma and addiction-based behaviors and recovery strategies.
He and his wife of 31 years have one grown daughter. An ordained minister, Fischer has been ministering as full-time pastor as well as writer, seminary/denominational instructor, church planter, consultant, and musician. When not engaged in the myriad of activities relating to his ministry, he enjoys a round of golf.
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You Gotta Have Hope!
One of the most costly casualties of church conflict—whether minor or major, short or prolonged—is "hope." As bearers of the Word of God, our calling is to give hope. No wonder that one of Satan’s greatest and most frequently shot at targets is "hope." Daniel Goleman, in his bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, recalled the Greek legend of Pandora’s [...]
Hope Is Our Calling
C.R. Snyder psychologist of the University of Kansas, made an interesting study of the academic achievements of freshmen students. Results of his study concluded that hope was a better predictor of first-semester grades than were their scores on the SAT. He remarked, "When you compare students of equivalent intellectual aptitude on their academic achievements, what sets [...]
Characteristics of Hope-Filled Leaders
Check those qualities which best describe you... Self-Motivated…they know how to get the ticker to tick, are willing and able to pick themselves up and carry on…even if they have to crawl! Sense of Resourcefulness…they feel that they will find—and God will provide--some way to accomplish their goals, no matter how apparently impossible it might seem to them [...]
God’s Calling: A Two-Sided Blessing
Often in the middle of conflict or when we're discouraged, it's so easy just to give up or go the easy way. Greatness--both in and outside of the church--is often based on courage. As Christians in ministry, as God's special chosen ones called for the ministry, we recognize that courage is God's special endowment to His [...]
Autobiography in Five Chapters–It’s Not My Fault???
Chapter 1 I walk down the street. There is a large hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter 2 I walk down the same street. There is a large hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't [...]
Press on… Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of uneducated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. (Plaque given to McDonald's [...]