Demystifying the "vision thing"

Vision is like the weather: everybody’s talking about it but nobody’s doing anything about it. If nobody’s doing anything about it, it’s because practically everybody is confused about it. Demystifying the “vision thing” has become a passion for me. It...


Thinking about leadership alignment

A leadership team is well aligned when all members of the team work together to accomplish mutual objectives. Leadership alignment is crucial. You have arrived at your current situation because you were aligned with everything that brought you here. That’s a good thing if you like where you are at ...
April 08, 2016   Paul Greasley

How to harness the power of chaos in your ministry

In The Starfish and the Spider (2006), Rod Beckstrom and his co-author Ori Brafman explore what they call the “unstoppable power of leaderless organizations” using the metaphor of the starfish. When you pull off the arms of a spider, it dies. In contrast, if you rip off the five arms ...
April 07, 2016   Steve Lawson

Book review: 5 Gears: How to be present and productive when there is never enough time

Most of us have used figures of speech derived from the experience of shifting the gears of a car or a bicycle.  “On my way home from work I try to shift gears so I’m ready to interact with my family.”  “While doing lunch with my co-workers I have to ...
April 05, 2016   Brian Thorstad

The "everlasting gossip stopper" can change your church's culture

Every human organization has a problem with gossip. It follows the association of people with people as night follows day. I’m not talking about the innocuous version of gossip, simply talking about people. “In Bible times, women met at the village well to exchange the latest gossip.”  I’m talking about the harmful ...
March 22, 2016   Brian Thorstad

154 key ways to tell if you are too busy

OK, so I am exaggerating the point here. But let me ask you a question. What did you say the last time someone asked you, “How are you doing?” The standard answer to that question has become “really busy” or “too busy”. Being too busy is a symptom of something ...
March 17, 2016   Paul Greasley

4 ways to be stupid with your smartphone

Okay. I finally did it. After years of cajoling from family and friends, I finally bought a smart phone. Now I have to learn how to use it. More importantly, I have to learn how not to use it.  As usual, our advances in technology have outdistanced our manners, our ethics. On a global scale, ...
March 08, 2016   Brian Thorstad

Getting out of your comfort zone and into your sweet spot

In my first post on finding your sweet spot, I concluded with a mention of the need for partners to help you find your sweet spot. I know this truth so well because in the past I tried to fulfill the role of solitary “Super Minister.” When I wore my ...
March 07, 2016   Gerry Lewis

4 elephants that can hurt your church

Imagine the faces of the people in the Philippian church. One of their leaders was reading a letter from their church’s founder. Except for a couple of gentle hints about unity, most of it had been positive, affectionate and encouraging.   Suddenly they heard the words, “I plead with Euodia and I ...
March 01, 2016   Brian Thorstad

More reasons to let your pastor lead

In an earlier blog, 3 reasons why board members should let their pastors lead, I spoke directly to board members and made a case for allowing your “lead” pastor to actually lead your church: to be the one who comes down from the mountain with both a vision and a ministry strategy ...
February 23, 2016   Brian Thorstad

6 steps to making tough leadership decisions

Leaders make decisions. Some decisions are easier to make than others. Deciding to replace the copy machine is a lot different than deciding what to do about an ethical difference of opinion with a valuable employee. Tough decisions will never be easy to make but they can be made with ...
February 22, 2016   Paul Greasley

3 reasons why board members should let their pastors lead

I want every board member reading this to know that I greatly respect you. I’ve walked miles in your moccasins. I know how smart you are, how knowledgeable you are, and how much you’ve invested in your churches.  Nevertheless, you need to let your church’s “lead” pastor lead the church ...
February 16, 2016   Brian Thorstad

Video: The value of a survey

Jim Barber gives ideas for how to ask the important questions during a church reorganization. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
February 12, 2016  

Video: How to lead change

Jim Barber discusses how to lead well through transition. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.) 
February 09, 2016  

Trading your comfort zone for your sweet spot

I have heard it and said it. Likely you have too: “We need to get out of our comfort zone.” To echo leadership guru Michael Hyatt: “Nothing good happens in the comfort zone.” But where, exactly, are we supposed to go when we leave our comfort zone? Is it simply ...
February 09, 2016   Gerry Lewis
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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.