7 Ways I Protect My Sabbath – A Challenge For My Pastor Friends

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This is a hard word for some pastors, but after a recent post I was asked about how I protect my Sabbath. That’s a great question, because many pastors struggle in this area. In fact, many pastors I know who would teach their church to observe the Sabbath, seldom […] Continue Reading…

10 Symptoms of the Unaware Leader

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A couple years ago there was a consistent problem in one of our areas of ministry. It was something which I would have quickly addressed, but no one brought it to my attention. Thankfully, I’ve learned the hard way that what I don’t know can often hurt my leadership […] Continue Reading…

5 Traits of the Aware Leader

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The longer I’m in leadership, the more I realize I don’t always fully know the real health of my team or organization at any given time — at least as much as others do.

Don’t misunderstand — I want to know, but often, because of my position, I’m shielded […] Continue Reading…

7 False Assumptions Made About Introverts

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I am an introvert. Some people can question whether they are or not. I don’t. I’m certified in Myers Briggs, so I know the language well. I’ve studied the concept. It didn’t require much study though for me. I’m in the camp.

It means Sundays I’m more tired when I […] Continue Reading…

5 Right Ways to Respond to Criticism

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Let’s be honest! Criticism can hurt. No one enjoys hearing something negative or finding out that everything you are doing isn’t perceived as wonderful by others as you hoped it would be. Criticism, however, is a part of leadership and, if handled correctly, doesn’t have to be a bad part of leadership. Learning to let criticism work for you rather than against you is a key to maturing as a leader.

Recently I posted 5 Wrong Ways to Respond to Criticism. A companion post is in order.

Here are 5 right ways to respond to criticism: […] Continue Reading…

5 Wrong Ways to Respond to Criticism

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Criticism accompanies leadership. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. If a leader is taking an organization somewhere, and really even if he or she isn’t, someone will criticize his or her efforts. The way a leader responds to criticism says much about the maturity of the leader.

Here are 5 wrong ways to respond to criticism: […] Continue Reading…

5 Dangers of Explosive Growth and What to Do About It

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I have been blessed to witness what I consider extremely fast growth in several churches since entering full-time vocational ministry. In church planting and church revitalization we have seen hundreds come to faith in Christ or reconnect with the church creating churches which have grown faster than we could […] Continue Reading…