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November 3, 2016

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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September 15, 2016

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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September 8, 2016

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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September 1, 2016

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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