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The Most Effective Way To Give Constructive Feedback

Today’s churches are so metric, goal, and results focused in the evaluation of staff and volunteer performance that giving, receiving, and soliciting valuable feedback has become a lost art. Yet, study after study shows that learning is highly dependent upon proper feedback. So, what is the most effective method of providing feedback that is both constructive and actionable? I have... Continue Reading

A Feedback Checklist For Year End Reviews

Periodic reviews and year end evaluations and feedback can be a nerve-wracking time of year. For church staff and their supervisors alike, knowing a performance evaluation is ahead can sometimes bring self-doubt and general uncertainty and anxiety. Yet, it is from these seeds of discomfort that growth occurs. One of my favorite tools in my supervisory tool belt is Dr.... Continue Reading

Managing Cross Department Tensions

Recently an Executive Pastor of a large and growing church asked for my counsel on a perplexing organizational issue…..the working relationship tensions between ministry and support staff. As this is a fairly typical issue in large multi-department churches with specialized staff in ministry and support roles, I thought it would be helpful to post my responses to his specific questions.... Continue Reading

What My Dog Taught Me About Suffering and Death

 Recently, after a long slow decline in health, my wife and I had to put down our 15 year old Shitz Shu, Francie. Though we had been through this twice before and had been preparing ourselves for this eventuality, we were surprised by the intensity of our grief and sadness. I wondered what God was trying to say to me... Continue Reading

The Sabbath Diamond

It appears that we have forgotten the nature and definition of Sabbath, though it is a pattern written by God into the very core of our beings. While Sabbath can refer to a single day, as in the Jewish tradition, it can also serve as a larger metaphor for cultivating the qualities, customs, and practices of Sabbath keeping found in... Continue Reading

Spiritual Practices…….Seeking Greater Connection With God

All cannot use the same kind of spiritual exercises, but one suits this person, and another that. Different devotions are suited also to the seasons, some being best for the festivals, and others for ordinary days. We find some helpful in temptations, others in peace and quietness. Some things we like to consider when we are sad, and others when... Continue Reading

The Church Can Be A Wicked Temptress

You rarely hear of a minister “going postal.” We don’t take an Uzi and shoot up a deacons meeting…….we think about it, but we don’t do it! But, we do get depressed, cheat on our spouses, become addicted, emotionally hurt those we lead, and burn out to the point we do something so stupid they have to fire us. Like... Continue Reading

Our Spiritual Language Has Changed, And Not Always For The Better

Our spiritual language changes over time. Read the religious classics and we find these spiritual saints speak of a relationship with God and Christ using a language with which we are unfamiliar. Just in my life time the Christian church language has changed from “having a personal relationship with Jesus” to “studying about Jesus,” from “following Jesus” to “worshipping Jesus,”... Continue Reading

Everyone Needs A Faith Physician and A Faith Physical

Recently I went to my family physician for an annual physical. Though visiting the doctor is not high on my list of things I love to do, I have learned to appreciate this annual exercise, mainly because of the approach my physician takes. He is always very thorough in his examination of my core health indicators, he teaches me something... Continue Reading

Why Are So Many Church Leaders Falling and Failing?

Dr. Wayne Grudem, noted biblical scholar, professor, and author, shares an experience that may provide insight into what seems to be an epidemic of moral, ethical, and leadership failures of prominent Christian pastors, denominational leaders, and church staff. While working on the translation for the English Standard Version of the Bible, Grudem along with dozens of scholars worked round the... Continue Reading

What Is Your Spiritual Temperament?

I have always been fascinated by personality and temperaments. Understanding Carl Jung’s four contrasting profiles (extrovert/introvert, sensing/intuitive, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving), the four quadrants of the DiSC assessment, and the Myers-Briggs 16 different personality types has influenced how I relate to people, who I hire, and how I put together teams. Clearly God has given us different personalities and temperaments in... Continue Reading

10 Guiding Principles For Church Staff Restructuring

Church staff restructuring is a decision that every church faces, some more frequently than others. Staff restructuring can be simple or it can be complex, but typically there are a number of factors that should be considered. So, how do you determine when a restructuring should take place and exactly what the new structure should look like? Below are 10... Continue Reading