They learned it from Epaphras…What about you?

You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ… Colossians 1:7

We have different methods of learning these days, than they had when Paul wrote this verse…

But I wonder…

Who are the Epaphras’ is in our day?

From whom are you learning these days?

Point [...] Continue Reading…

Friday Discussion: Help Write Your Obituary…Epitaph

For several years, I spent some of my reflective time in an old cemetery in our city. The older the tombstone, the more likely to have an epitaph inscribed. This short sentence or phrase was intended to capture the heart of the person…the way he or she lived his [...] Continue Reading…

Some of the Best Leaders…

Some of the best leaders on your team…

Have yet to be recruited…
 
Will have to be asked…
 
Are anxious to serve…
 
Need this in their life as much as you need them…
 
And they may not even know it…

It’s your move…

Go get ‘em…

(Not sure where to look? Read THIS POST.)

Different People…Different Expectations

Recently I gave our staff this exercise. This is a preference assessment. Basically, if you could only choose one option, which would you choose from the four figures shown?

So you can understand the diagram…

There are four different options…indicated by the number 1 through 4. The solid lines represent “structured” [...] Continue Reading…

The Team Evaluates the Leader, 2011 Edition

(Update: You can read the results of this post HERE.)

If you have read my blog for more than a year, then you know that one of the personal leadership development tools that I use is the process of allowing our team…that I lead…to anonymously evaluate my performance as [...] Continue Reading…

Great Atmosphere, Mediocre Food, Poor Service

We went to a fairly new restaurant recently as a family…

It was new enough to have the opening bugs worked out, but still new to us…

We were seated quickly…which was a plus since we were hungry…

We instantly fell in love with the great atmosphere…

They had a nice menu…and the [...] Continue Reading…

10 Hard Things to Say…5 Ways to Say Them as a Leader

In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things which are difficult to keep the relationship strong and make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment.

For me personally, that often involves having a hard and challenging conversation with a team member…someone [...] Continue Reading…

3 Benefits of Forgiveness

One of the most frequent issues I deal with as a pastor is the issue of forgiveness. There is so much hurt among people and the tendency is to bottle it up in an unforgiving spirit. It would be easier to hold a grudge, but Scripture is clear we have an obligation to forgive…just as we have been forgiven.

Whenever I address this issue, I get push back from those who say they can’t get over what was done to them. I remind them that the Bible doesn’t say we must forget, but to forgive. There’s a huge difference. It doesn’t even say we should allow forgiveness to be an open door for continued abuse by someone. The goal is to free our hearts by letting go of the anger, bitterness, and frustration with the person who wronged you.

This is not only because God commanded it, but practically speaking, the emotions brought on by failing to forgive begin to control you and serve no purpose to repair the relationship or you. Holding onto the pain certainly doesn’t teach the other person a lesson or make them a better person. Of course, when the other person keeps causing new injury it makes it even tougher, but it doesn’t release us from an obligation to forgive.

Forgiveness brings much to a person’s life: [...] Continue Reading…

Living in the Center of God’s Will

Too many people shy away from what God has called them to do…

They run because of:

  • Fear…
  • Uncertainty…
  • Past mistakes…
  • ???????

I’ve learned, however, that the sweetest days of life are when you are found within the center of God’s will for your life...

Even as scary, unknown, and risky as living that will may appear…

So…let me ask you…

Are you doing what God has burdened your heart to do?

If not, what’s your next move? [...] Continue Reading…