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managing_people_ministry December 1, 2016

5 Lessons I’ve Learned on Managing Church Workers

December 1, 2016

I’m not sure what your path to ministry has been, but I felt called into pastoral ministry as early as my teenage years. Based on this calling and the guidance of leaders in my life, I attended a Bible college in the Midwest and trained for ministry. Here’s a thought that never entered my mind […]

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year_end_giving November 17, 2016

2 Steps to Maximize End of Year Giving at your Church

November 17, 2016

Last year a pastor shared with me their church’s approach to year-end giving. I thought it was simply brilliant and, with his permission, asked if I could pass it along on our blog the following year. Now that the end of 2016 is coming into sight, I’d love to pass along what this church does […]

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keep_top_employees November 10, 2016

6 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees at Your Church

November 10, 2016

I’m a baseball fan. I love the game. You know what every baseball fan hates? The Yankees. Well, that is unless you’re a Yankees fan. Do you know what I hate about the Yankees? They always steal the best young players! My favorite team, the Detroit Tigers, develops a great young talent through their farm […]

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4 Principles for Smooth Staff Transitions at your Church

November 3, 2016

Change is hard. It doesn’t really matter what kind of change we’re talking about, it’s all stressful. This is especially true in churches. Perhaps it’s the tradition. Maybe it’s the relational nature of ministry. It could be that trust is crucial for a church to work. Whatever the reason, change is especially tricky in churches. […]

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lonliness_lonely_ministry_leadership October 27, 2016

3 Ways to Fight the Loneliness of Ministry Leadership

October 27, 2016

A few years ago, I looked around and noticed something unsettling. I saw a whole lot of eyes. As a ministry leader, I saw a whole lot of people watching me. Some were watching me because they are in authority over me—think elders and senior level staff. Others were watching me because I am their […]

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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

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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fire_church_worker_employee September 22, 2016

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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