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church_guide_to_conflict October 20, 2016

The Church Worker’s Guide to Confrontation

October 20, 2016

Here the thing: I hate conflict. I am allergic to confrontation. But, I’ve learned through my experience as a ministry leader that conflict is necessary and even good. In addition, there is no such thing as good leadership without confrontation. Confrontation is necessary to maintain healthy relationships. Confrontation is necessary for employee development. Confrontation is […]

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warning_sign October 13, 2016

5 Warning Signs of Ministry Burnout

October 13, 2016

I attended a well-known ministry training college. I distinctly remember sitting in our chapel services and feeling an overwhelming sense of anticipation. I was captivated by the vision of all these students being unleashed on the world as fully trained and devoted ministry leaders. It felt like I was part of something big and exhilarating. […]

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vision_header October 6, 2016

How I Lead My Ministry Team with Vision (and how you can do the same)

October 6, 2016

Vision. We talk about it all the time. It’s the subject of a bazillion leadership books, blogs and conferences. We all know it’s important but how do we… you know… actually lead with vision. Vision just seems like one of those things that is hard to define and even harder to implement. So, practically speaking, […]

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6 Books That Have Shaped Me as a Ministry Leader

September 29, 2016

I love ideas. I’m constantly searching for innovations and solutions. I’m the type of person who is never satisfied with the status quo but at the same time, I’m not an inventor. I’m not the type of person who thinks up all the answers sitting alone in a dark room. I’m a finder. I discover […]

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When to Fire a Church Worker: 7 Questions to Ask

September 22, 2016

Here’s one of the toughest questions in church leadership: How do you know when you should fire someone. Ugh. I just got a little sweaty even typing that. Most of us hate conflict, love people and just wish everyone would get along so the idea of firing an employee sounds awful. But here’s what I’ve […]

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How to Move People Who Don’t Want to Move

September 15, 2016

I love Bill Hybel’s definition of leadership: “Moving people from here to there.” It really is that simple isn’t it? Here’s where we are. There is where God is calling us to move. Let’s go! If it’s that simple, why is it so hard?!? Leadership is challenging when people don’t want to move. One of […]

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Why Churches Get Stuck in the Past (and how to prevent it)

September 8, 2016

“Because we’ve always done it that way.” These are the words that can often guide our event and service planning. In most cases we don’t think about it in these terms. We just plan the event or service in the same way we did last week, last month, or last year. We have cookies and […]

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How to Build an Amazing Staff Culture at your Church

September 1, 2016

Some churches are great places to work… others aren’t. I’m guessing you have experience with both. How do you ensure that your church is a great place to work? This is an important question because healthy churches attract the kind of people you want to work with and healthy churches typically keep those people for […]

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4 Reasons Your Church is Shrinking

August 25, 2016

Have you ever noticed how easily we can see problems in other people’s lives, relationships and careers? “Your marriage is struggling? Oh, that’s probably because you constantly say rude things to your spouse.” “You can’t seem to lose any weight? Oh, it could be that you eat four scoops of ice cream every night.” “You […]

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ministry_track_efficiency August 18, 2016

How Our Ministry Team Tracks, Measures, and Improves Efficiency

August 18, 2016

Do you know what we all hate? Inefficiency. Let’s be honest. We do. Traffic backups? We hate them because they are inefficient. Waiting for WAY too long in line at a restaurant. We hate it. Why? It’s inefficient. Waiting 5 minutes for our outdated laptop to power up? We hate that! Why? Because, it’s inefficient. […]

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