The Board Relationship

Effective leaders understand the importance of building strong, healthy relationships within their sphere of influence. This requires intentionality on the part of the leader to grow and maintain these relationships. One of the most important relationships every pastor will have is with their board. Often this relationship determines the direction and unity of the church, making this probably the most …

Three Ways to Destroy Your Sunday

You work all week for that two or three hours on Sunday. People invest study, preparation, and rehearsals to get ready for your worship service. But after all that work, are you doing things that sabotage your efforts and block your effectiveness before you even get started? Here are three ways that you can effectively ruin each Sunday: Perfect services …

3 Keys to a Healthy Culture

Why do people react and respond the way they do in your office or on your staff? Culture is something you have, even if you never created it or are even aware it exists. Culture is defined as the attitudes and behavior characteristics of a social group. This means every team, church, office staff, and sports team has a culture. …

5 Steps To Building a Preaching Library

“Where does he get those wonderful toys?” Probably the best line from any Batman movie, though I’m not sure anyone is keeping track of notable quotes from Batman movies. Batman, as we all well know, is not a super-powered hero like Superman or Aquaman. He’s just an angry, rich white guy with no regard for the traditions of civilized law …

Voice Veto Vote

People’s opinions affect us in different ways. We need to decide how to filter people’s opinions and when to decide to respond. Who gets a: How do I decide who makes it into each group? Are they: Opinions are humanity’s greatest renewable resource. We’ll never run out of them. Taking the time to consider who gets to influence us is …

Follow the Leader – Lead the kind of team on which you want to serve.

Over the twenty-plus years I have been in ministry, I have served on all kinds of teams. Some were great experiences and some I could not wait to get off. Some teams were productive and others were productive only at sapping the very life out of me. I remember sitting in an all-day staff meeting discussing how we as a …

Five Ways to Build a Great Team

Perhaps the most commonly asked questions I get from leaders are – How do I build a great team? Where do I find the right people? And, to use Jim Collins’ language – How do I get the right people in the right seat on the bus? Here are five ways to build a great team: This sounds simple, but …

Seven Practical Steps to Kick Off the New Year

I purposefully take the last week of the year off to focus on a few things. It is a crucial time for me. I know many people are not able, but I encourage you to find a day or two each December to prepare your heart for the next year. Here are 7 practical steps I take to kick off …

Three Ways to Create a Cultural Lexicon

This may shock you, but your language matters! Many church leaders and pastors are struggling with a stagnant church because they use language that keeps the church stuck. “No one serves at our church.” “Everyone shows up late.” “We like our church because we all know each other.” “Invite one of your sinner friends.” (Ok, I have never actually heard …

7 Ways to Lead Difficult People

One of the realities of leadership is leading difficult people. People by their very nature can be difficult at times. When two or more are gathered, you will find difficulty! This is neither good nor bad; it’s just a leadership reality. For the sake of definition, I define “difficult people” as anyone who is distracting the church or organization from …