Maximization: The church and its ministers and ministries operate at optimal levels of effectiveness and efficiency

Job Prioritization Stair Step

A church leader’s job today is a lot like gardening. There is always something else that needs to be done. Typically the first solution we see is to work longer hours and require others to work longer hours. This goes on until higher turnover and burnout results. The second solution for the enterprising leader is to read time management books... Continue Reading

When Ministry Pruning You Better Wear Gloves

After moving to Northern New Mexico and discovering several fruit trees and rose bushes in my back yard, I am still learning to appreciate the necessity and skill of pruning. I easily cut off the dead and dying branches but it feels counterintuitive and I often lack the courage to cut back live limbs. I am still learning to trust... Continue Reading

20 Questions To Discern Good From Best

“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

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