Encouragement to Take a Leap of Faith and Continue the Journey


God looked into Gideon’s heart and saw that he needed some encouragement for the task ahead. Gideon had already agreed to obey God. He had kept the three hundred men God had ordained for battle and sent the rest of the men home. Still, God must have seen fear in his heart, so God allowed Gideon to hear something, which gave him encouragement. […] Continue Reading…

5 Reasons a Church or Organization Stops Growing

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I was talking with a church recently that had explosive growth, but things have slowed. They wanted to know why they were not growing any longer.

I decided to share my quick answer here.

There are times where God is giving a season of rest and preparation or, in some situations, even taken His hand from the church. Outside the God factor, there are usually reasons for stagnation in an organization, including in a church. In fact, these may be true in the life of a person become stagnant also.

In my experience, the reasons are for getting stuck and halting growth include: […] Continue Reading…

5 Examples of Leading Outside the Norm

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If an organization wishes to be successful today, it must learn to think outside the once considered normal lines of leadership. Research after research has been done and book after book has been written on the subject of leadership being as much these days about the informal aspects of leadership as it is the formal aspects of leadership. In addition to a set of rules, policies and procedures, for a leader to be successful today, he or she must engage a team to help accomplish the vision of the organization. In an informal leadership environment, the way a leader leads is often more important than the knowledge or management abilities of the leader. That may have always been important, but now it is critical.

Here are 5 examples of how a successful leader must lead in today’s environment:
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10 Problems with Doing the Best You Know How To Do

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Years ago in a company I owned, there was a young man who worked for me who had tremendous potential. I believed in him so much that I personally invested in him and paid special attention to him. I thought his future with our company was worth the extra time. He never measured up to my expectations and we ended up having to part ways.

Every time I would meet with him to “encourage” him, he would say the same thing. “I’m doing the best I know how to do.” I have come to realize over the years that this response was actually his primary problem. He was doing the best he KNEW HOW to do. […] Continue Reading…

Join Me At Exponential 2015

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I hope you’ll join me at Exponential conference, where I’ll be teaching on church revitalization. Honestly, this is one of the most “hands-on” conference experiences of which I’ve ever been a part. The speakers are practitioners. We learn from you. And, there’s lots of time for great networking. Join […] Continue Reading…

10 Leadership Statements That Often Come From A Heart Of Pride

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“Pride goes before destruction…” Proverbs 16:18

We are all capable of pride. Some of us more than others.

Here’s what I’ve learned over the years — mostly from my own personal growth and experience —

Many times what may appear to us — or we may label as — a leadership style […] Continue Reading…

Tortoise and Hare Principle in Organizational Leadership


A few years ago I was running in Philadelphia. It is one of my favorite cities in which to run. I love the Fairmount Park System, because I can run for miles in new territory.

On this particular day, I set out to explore a several mile loop around a […] Continue Reading…