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Financial Leaders Want Someone With Ink On Their Sleeves

Do you ever wonder how to appeal to your financial leaders? Here’s a story that provided me insights into a key pre-requisite for receiving gifts from high capacity donors. Annually our church gathers the top 100 financial leaders at a NEXT dinner where we share vision and strategy updates and offer appreciation for their support. At one of our NEXT dinners I... Continue Reading

How to Set Goals that Get Results

The well known Zig Ziglar quote, ‘if you aim at nothing you will be sure to hit it every time’ speaks to the importance of setting measureable goals. Goals that can’t be measured are of little value if you desire to know whether or not you are hitting the mark. Regretfully, most people who do set goals, do so incorrectly... Continue Reading

How to Shape Church Culture Like Jesus Did

Jesus Mosaic of more than 1,000 different images of Jesus from the film The God Who Wasn’t There Shaping church culture is one of the most demanding, illusive and yet vital responsibilities of church leaders. A healthy church culture is essential to being the missional, multiplying, discipling, reaching and transforming force that God intended. Having an intentional process for elevating... Continue Reading

Being and Doing: The Paradox Every Believer Must Embrace

As you depart many churches today there are signs indicating “You are Now Entering the Mission Field.” The signs are there to remind attenders that missions is not just overseas but also where they live, work and play. At the gate to Christ in the Desert Monastery in Northern New Mexico there is a hand crafted metal sculpture that reads simply... Continue Reading

The Ten Most Important Criteria for Vetting New Ministries

“Good is the enemy of great” is the first sentence of Jim Collins’ business best seller, Good to Great. Collins goes on to say, “and that is one of the reasons that we have so little that becomes great.” “We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good... Continue Reading

Here Be Dragons – A Barrier To Change

At the edges of medieval maps was often inscribed the warning: “Here be dragons.” The fear of dragons kept generations of sailors from sailing beyond known boundaries. Similarly, I have found I confront my own dragons each time I approach the edge of my comfort zone. There I discover the greatest barrier to my next level growth and to significant... Continue Reading

How I Improved My Prioritization Skills

Do you ever become so overwhelmed with your “to do” list that you become paralyzed? Most of us in the ministry are prone to take on more responsibility than we should. Unable to say no we routinely squeeze one more commitment into already packed schedules. With numerous bases to touch every day, it is common to race through the day, struggling to... Continue Reading

My True Hero is Forrest Gump!

I find it intriguing that virtually every time the disciples got a little full of themselves Jesus put a child in front of them. Through the visual aid of a child Jesus appears to be saying that the only people who can recognize and appreciate what he’s talking about are the ones who come to him with the mind, eyes... Continue Reading

Welcome To My New Blog!

  Well, after much peer encouragement, a tad of harassment and no small degree of procrastination I am joining the blog world. Though this is my personal blog I will be drawing on my 37 years of serving on a church staff to engage with those of you who love the local church and want to see it be everything... Continue Reading