3 (there are a lot more) ways to be a prolific time waster

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I’ve just taken a two month sabbatical and, hey, I know how to waste time. For example: I love to write until, out of boredom, I feel a need to begin yet another project that I may or may not...

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6 techniques to avoid BS (broad speculation) in your staff meetings

You don’t have to sit through too many church staff meetings to realize that maybe—just maybe—nothing will get done. Fellowship, bonding, team building, and even Lectio divina have their place in staff gatherings, but there should also be tangible outcomes.  Here are some significant ways to avoid wasting your staff’s ...
April 16, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Not Everyone Likes You

If you’re a ministry veteran, this chapter will come as no surprise to you. If you are a young leader or pastor, please don’t skip this. It will save you a lot of grief and late nights tossing and turning. I’m writing this for the very reason that this is ...
January 21, 2014   Greg Atkinson

The 2nd rule of motivation

Good leaders know behaviors flow naturally and effortlessly out of one’s character.  There is a Law of Cause and Effect that is uniformly embedded throughout creation. Jesus spotlighted it when he compared human nature to the natural world: “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears ...
December 28, 2013   Allen Ratta

3 exercises your church should do in the new year...or else!

Will you be among the churches that start the New Year wisely? Few are willing to do the work, but few can afford not to! These 3 exercises can change the trajectory of any vitally aware church, but the challenge is to be faithful in the work of accomplishing them. ...
December 26, 2013   Doug Lawrence

Have you given your presence?

This time of year we often recognize staff and key volunteer leaders with gifts, as well as holiday gatherings. But one gift costs you nothing except your time: the gift of your presence. Those you lead need you to be present with them. When things are more difficult, when a ...
December 12, 2013   Margaret Marcuson

Make big decisions using strategic foolishness

Leadership Principle #46:  Because our decisions are marred by subjectivity, and we can’t know all the facts, we shouldn’t be afraid of looking foolish by following gut instinct.“Instead, God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the ...
December 11, 2013   Tom Harper

How we moved beyond conflict in our church

"We needed to work through some relational tension by getting busy for the Lord together," says Pastor Melissa Pratt. "Folks worked together and they actually enjoyed it!"
December 02, 2013  

4 Kinds of Church Members and How They Relate to Your Church's Mission

A helpful way to shepherd your people with relationship to the mission of Jesus is to ask two simple questions: 1) Is the person clear about the vision of your church? 2) Is the person wanting to make a contribution?
November 26, 2013   Will Mancini

How to Work for a "No Glory, No Growth" Lead Pastor

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many naturally wired leaders and driven types rise to the helm of our churches. Each one is following the call of God in their lives and comes with a mixed bag of healthy leadership traits and “type-A” hang-ups. That leaves you feeling the ...
November 12, 2013   Will Mancini

3 ways to stop being an emotional service station

DON'T BE A FUEL! Everyone in ministry knows what it feels like to be an “emotional service station” and few would be willing to admit that there’s anything wrong with that role, but there are dangers, real dangers.  Here are some ways to avoid a “tapped out” tank and still ...
October 29, 2013   Doug Lawrence

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Finding a new hire for a church from among a pool of job applicants involves resumes and background checks, but it also requires conversations to determine a good spiritual fit and shared vision for a church.