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My Greatest Leadership Lesson: I Am The Problem!

I know of no other profession where it is more tempting to play victim than in ministry. It’s so easy. After all, why be responsible when I can blame so many other people and circumstances for my troubles? The congregation, the staff, the church leaders, the culture…..they are the problem. It’s especially easy for the senior leadership of the church... Continue Reading

Problem Prevention: An Essential Practice of Effective Leaders 

Rarely in an interview have I asked an applicant if they are an effective problem solver. Yet, at some point in virtually every interview the applicant mentions they are good problem solvers or enjoys solving problems. I surmise most people feel problem solving is a desirable attribute and may want to make certain the interviewer is aware that is a... Continue Reading

Maximizing Missions Mobilization

The mobilization of members in an Acts 1:8 model of local, national, and international missions engagement is a goal of most churches. Yet, many churches fail to maximize member mobilization because of a limited strategy. Broad based participation in hands on mission experiences requires providing options that appeal to a variety of demographics, passions, and abilities and offer a range... Continue Reading

Experiencing God In Silence, Solitude, and Stillness

The importance of silence, solitude, and stillness in the life of Jesus and his disciples is undeniable. Jesus made a habit of withdrawing, sometimes abruptly, from the crowds and his ministry of doing his Father’s will to “the hills” or a “lonely place” or “the wilderness” or a “high mountain” or to the “seashore” or to the Garden of Gethsemene.... Continue Reading

A Self-Development Structure In Hebrew Scripture

The Old Testament is divided into three major sections: the Torah, the Prophets, and the Wisdom books. Old Testament Christian Theologian Walter Brueggemann observes that these three are an excellent representation of the sequential stages of healthy human development. They may also serve as a representation of the stages of developing ourselves as healthy church leaders. The Torah: The First... Continue Reading

The Three Irreducible Organizational Roles of an Executive Pastor

The generalist nature of the responsibilities of the Executive Pastor results in a myriad of items that demand attention. With the broad range of actions and initiatives that you could be doing, how do you determine those that you should be doing? For most of us “less is more.” Focusing on no more than three roles and their corresponding responsibilities... Continue Reading

The Advantages of a Multi-Year Staffing Model

I’ll never forget my first Budget Planning Meeting following my transition to Executive Pastor. As a newcomer to the process I mostly observed, listened and tried to learn “how things are done here.” My first surprise came when it was time to determine the new staff positions that would be funded in the coming year.  What transpired was a lobbying... Continue Reading

The Heisenberg Principle: A Powerful Measurement Principle

A “principle” is a fundamental law or truth that serves as the foundation for a system of belief, behavior or chain of reasoning. Principles are essential to comprehension, understanding, and effective decision making. The Heisenberg Principle The purpose and practice of measurement can also be better grasped when rooted in a principle. One such principle is commonly referred to as... Continue Reading

Big Rocks – A Powerful Prioritization Parable

Jesus illustrated the power of a parable in communicating complex truths in simple terms. A parable is nothing more than a short allegorical story that demonstrates a truth or lesson in a manner that enhances understanding and comprehension. Steven Covey in his classic book, First Things First, shares a parable on prioritization that spawned the widely used term “big rocks.”... Continue Reading

Powerful Prioritization Metaphors

A metaphor is a term, phrase, or imagery used to represent something else. It may help provide clarity and understanding to a concept, word, or term. A metaphor is simply understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another. Aristotle said in his work, The Rhetoric, that metaphors make learning pleasant. Jesus masterfully applies metaphors when he refers... Continue Reading

Your Inner Spiritual Life

The longer I am in ministry the more convinced I become that any God honoring effectiveness I experience is a direct result of the cultivation of my inner spiritual life. Most in ministry would say the same, but few of us believe it enough to incorporate the spiritual disciplines, practices and habits necessary to consistently maintain our inner spiritual life.... Continue Reading

10 Ways To Build Trust In Your Leadership

Trust is the most significant predictor of individuals’ satisfaction with their organizations—Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner If you desire to be successful as a church leader, trust is an integral component. Your influence will be determined by the level of trust you can attain, and is foundational to church health. Therefore, trust development should be one of your primary goals.... Continue Reading