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October 18, 2018

How To Lead Through Change In Your Church

October 18, 2018

Recently I spent a week in California at the Fuller Youth Institute at something called the Growing Young Cohort. Recently, I blogged about the book Growing Young, which is a must read. This cohort is a group of churches journeying together through the Growing Young research with some of the staff from the Fuller Youth […]

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October 11, 2018

The Art of Giving Tough Feedback In The Church

October 11, 2018

I don’t know about you but I’ve found that one of the most challenging aspects of leadership is giving feedback. And I don’t mean, “Hey nice job on that presentation!” I’m talking about, “Hey, did you notice that everyone was sleeping during your presentation? Let’s talk about that.” I used to hate conversations like this […]

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October 4, 2018

Five Books To Change The Way You Lead Your Ministry

October 4, 2018

Something that I’ve done for years is set a book reading goal for each year. Usually I aim for 52 books a year and while there have been seasons where I crushed that mark, I haven’t hit my target in a few years. Something about 5 kids and a demanding job. Currently I’m on book […]

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September 27, 2018

5 Tips For Interviewing Church Staff Like A Boss

September 27, 2018

Funny thing about leading in the church is that it often requires a lot of interviewing – both for staff and volunteer positions. Another funny thing about leadership in the church is that Christian college and seminary do not prepare you for this role. This is a funny thing that really isn’t all that funny […]

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September 20, 2018

The Church Worker’s Guide To Survival

September 20, 2018

This fall I’m celebrating my 15th year in fulltime ministry and my 10th year at my current church. I am proud of 15 good years. It’s been a good run but I deeply desire to stay in pastoral ministry all my life and so, I feel like I have a long way to go. I’m […]

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September 13, 2018

How To Help Marriages Thrive In Your Church

September 13, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to grow healthier and stronger churches. I’ve been asking the question, What is it that we can do as leaders that will create the greatest impact? As I contemplate this question, marriage always comes up. If we could help our people thrive in marriage, we would see tremendous […]

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September 6, 2018

Three Ideas For Better Church Staff Meetings

September 6, 2018

There are times when a staff meeting is a phenomenal experience. And then, of course, there are those staff meetings…boring, pointless, they take FOREVER…you know what I’m talking about. I put a lot of thought and time into leading my team and I still feel like “good meetings” are an elusive target. There are seasons […]

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August 30, 2018

Five Gauges For Staying Healthy In Ministry

August 30, 2018

It seems like every other week that a prominent Christian leader quits, is fired or lands in the news because of some sort of scandal. I don’t know about you, but I find these stories demoralizing because each story tarnishes the reputation of Jesus and His Church in our culture. These stories are also scary […]

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August 23, 2018

Five Simple Ways To Develop Leaders In Your Church

August 23, 2018

Recently, I shared a post on why leadership development doesn’t happen often in churches. Today, I want to share a few more practical tips on the subject of leadership development. Why? Because, too often we think that raising up new leaders is terribly complicated when in reality it isn’t. It just requires steady attention. I […]

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August 16, 2018

Four Strategies For Better Understanding Your Church Leaders

August 16, 2018

So much of leadership is unlocking the potential of the people who follow you, whether those people are staff direct reports, volunteers or even your kids. For me, leadership is foundationally relational. It’s all about knowing how my people tick. The more I understand their passions, motivations, fears, and dreams the better I can empower […]

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