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Church Leader, Your Congregation Expects You To Make These Decisions

In Acts 6, the Twelve Disciples faced a difficult decision, whether or not to get personally engaged in the food distribution dispute between the Greek and Hebrew widows of the Church of Jerusalem. They faced a classic leadership decision, whether or not to put the good of the whole before the good of a few. Ultimately, they determined to assign... Continue Reading

Ushering In The Spirit Through Our Leaving

In recent months several of my friends in local church ministry have left their positions, some voluntarily, some forced. Inevitably, these are seasons of anxiousness about the future but also about the ministry and relationships we leave behind. This has reminded me that it is often in our departure that the Spirit of God is manifested. For example, at the... Continue Reading

10 Bible Verses Referencing Silence

I have written before about the value of practicing silence as a spiritual discipline. By and large I find evangelicals prefer extroverted and action oriented expressions of faith, so silence is not something we have traditionally placed a lot of emphasis on. That is why it is a joy to watch those who come to our Casita in rural Northern... Continue Reading

Shared Team Values Exercise

Your church or organization’s shared team values set the tone for your workplace culture. In fact, they are the bedrock upon which your culture is built. Your workplace values are the shared guiding beliefs and principles that are most important to your team about the way you work. They help you choose between right and wrong and guide employee decisions,... Continue Reading

Breaking Down Silo Mentality and Behaviors

One of the common challenges I see in churches and organizations is that of ministry or department silos. Silos occur when there are multiple independent ministries or departments working under the same roof. Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author and management consultant, describes silos as “nothing more than the barriers that exist between departments within an organization, causing people who are supposed... Continue Reading

Overwhelmed? Three Surprise Findings And A Silver Bullet

My ministry peers frequently joked that I had the spiritual gift of “Overwhelming.” This was a kind way of saying that at times I could overwhelm them with information, data, and documents. The 21st Century reality is that we all have people, circumstances, and responsibilities in our lives that conspire to overwhelm us. What is being overwhelmed exactly? For most... Continue Reading

Positivity and Negativity – Two Church Staff Culture Shapers

In his book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, bestselling author, Don Clifton, shares a story about the perverse and devastating effects of negativity. Following the Korean War, 1000 American prisoners of war were examined to determine the cause of the 38% death rate in North Korean POW Camps, the highest rate in U.S. military history. Surprisingly, they found the camps... Continue Reading

Divine + Distinctive DNA = True Self

The beginning of a new year is a natural time to hit pause and reflect on what you discovered, learned, and experienced during the previous year, as well as prayerfully consider changes and goals for the coming year. For me, this annual exercise centers around discerning how I can continue to be my best, most authentic, and truest self in... Continue Reading

Top 10 Posts For 2018 Part 2

Below are links to the second five of the Top 10 most popular Sacred Structures posts for 2018. Happy New Year! 6. The Sabbath Diamond – How To Observe The Sabbath When Sunday Is A Work Day 7. The Development Diamond – Four Ways To Develop Your Church’s Staff 8. Every Church Needs A Pastor Interpreter 9. How Mighty Churches... Continue Reading

Top 10 Posts For 2018 Part 1

Below are links to the first five of the Top 10 most popular Sacred Structures posts for 2018. Check in next week for the second five. Merry Christmas! The Church Can Be A Wicked Temptress Church Staffing Levels – Getting It Right 10 Guiding Principles For Church Staff Restructuring 6 Practical Ways To Help Poor Performing Staff Church Staff: Is... Continue Reading

I’m Tired Of Wearing A Mask

Have you ever read a book, blog, or article and related to virtually everything the author said, or thought this guy is really inside my head? Have you ever read a quote and said, “I wish I had said that!” Recently, that was my experience when reading Tim Steven’s blog. Tim is the former Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church... Continue Reading

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