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Inner Conversation – Your Most Important Conversation

In his book, Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade says, “Every moment we live through is like an ambassador that declares the will of God to us. If we understood how to see in each moment some manifestation of the will of God we should find therein all that our hearts could desire. If we were attentive and watchful... Continue Reading

Your Most Important Question

“There is not a moment in which God does not present Himself under the cover of some pain to be endured, of some consolation to be enjoyed, or some duty to be performed. All that takes place with us, around us, or through us, contains and reveals His divine action. If we understood how to see in each moment some... Continue Reading

Train Yourself To Be Godly With The Daily Office

“……train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8) From my observation of the spiritual condition of church members today I can’t help but conclude that many are living off of other people’s spirituality, are... Continue Reading

How Mighty Churches Can Fall

Every institution, no matter how great, is vulnerable to decline…..JIM COLLINS In 2005, Jim Collins became curious why some of the once great enterprises he’d researched for Built to Last and Good to Great, had fallen. His motivation…….to understand how institutional decline can happen in hopes that leaders might learn how to stave off decline. Collins project, over four years... Continue Reading

Flip Your Church Staff Meetings

Over the course of a minister’s career he or she will attend thousands of church staff meetings. Do the math, it adds up to years of meetings. Some meetings are good, even great, but most not so much. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can re-engineer your staff meetings to make them engaging, relevant, and impactful by adopting... Continue Reading

The Bad and Good of Skip Level Communication

In a company, business, or church, the chain of command refers to levels of authority from the top position, such as CEO, owner, or pastor down to upper and mid-level supervisors and then to front line workers. Hierarchal organizations institute a chain of command structure to improve communication, supervision, problem solving, efficiency and effectiveness at all levels. In fact, rank... Continue Reading

Where Are All The Nonpolar Leaders?

Solutions to impasses or sticking points generally come by learning how to spot and mediate third force, which is present in every situation but generally hidden. —Cynthia Bourgeault Today our political, business, media, and religious leaders increasingly reflect polarity in their thinking and acting. Polarity is the quality or state of being as different as possible. Or, two opposing yet... Continue Reading

How To Find Solitude And Make It Productive

In the article “Solitude: The Foundation of Personal Leadership” we spoke to how productive solitude is essential to the effectiveness of church leaders. Prior to our cacophonous age, leaders naturally found solitude anytime they were physically alone. In today’s world it can be difficult to find times and places to be alone with our thoughts as we are surrounded with... Continue Reading

Solitude: The Foundation of Personal Leadership

“We live, in fact, in an age starved for solitude.”—C.S. Lewis  Solitude has played a critical role in my own leadership journey. Comfortableness with solitude has been imbedded in me since early childhood where I grew up in a home and neighborhood without children my age. As my ministry and life responsibilities grew I found I needed even more solitude.... Continue Reading

A Key To Multi-Site DNA Replication: Defining and Standardizing Ministry Theology, Philosophy, Methodology, and Processes

One of the biggest challenges in implementing a multi-site strategy is ensuring the transference of the core attributes of the birthing church to its various sites. In most cases, this forces a church for the first time to think through what it really believes about how they “do” church. In an effective multi-site strategy, successful transference of the DNA of... Continue Reading

The Development Diamond: A Staff Development Strategy

Before every commercial airplane takes off a flight attendant reviews various safety reminders. One of those is how to use the oxygen masks should the cabin depressurize. Passengers are reminded to always put their own masks on first before attempting to help others. The rationale is obvious, if you don’t first ensure your own safety you won’t be able to... Continue Reading