My Current Top 13 Online Influencers List

Over the last few years, through Twitter and personal blogs, I have gained so much by networking online with other church and ministry leaders.  Periodically I like to share the ones most currently influencing me with their online presence in case you have missed any of them.  Since they are well known, chances are you have them on your list already.  If so, this is simply a tribute.  If not, I encourage you to follow their work.  (Obviously some are not individuals, but an organization/ministry.)

There are others who are making a difference, even in my leadership.  I chose these people/groups because not only are they making a difference and giving good content to the church leadership world, but they have made themselves accessible to people also. […] Continue Reading…

Catalyst Post: An Empowering Leader Update

Recently I wrote a post called 10 Reasons Not to Call Yourself and Empowering Leader. I have enjoyed partnership and friendship with the Catalyst Leader team. Jesse Phillips is a tremendous young leader and handles the web content for Catalyst. He consistently encourages me to help leaders know “how to” implement the principles I write about on this blog. At his request, I took the empowering leaders post and added to it. You can read some of that post at the Catalyst site.
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10 Questions with Leader Michael Hyatt – Thomas Nelson Publishers

Michael Hyatt is one of the best leaders I know. I have had the privilege of getting to know Michael personally over the last couple of years, having met him first through Twitter. What I have come to understand is that Michael is the same online as he is in person. Michael is the C.E.O. of a successful organization (Thomas Nelson is the largest Christian publisher), he is extremely accessible and transparent through his online involvement, and he is a model husband and father. When I think of a well-balanced leader, I think of Michael Hyatt. […] Continue Reading…

Your Doubts are NOT Your Problem: Unbelief Is

We are in a new series at Grace Community Church called Outsiders, looking at some characters in the Bible who aren’t as well known as other characters, yet who made huge impacts to the Kingdom. Yesterday I spoke about the disciple Thomas. Though some know him as Doubting Thomas, I prefer the title I have also heard by which I’ve also heard him referred, Thomas the Believer. In this message, I address the bottom line that doubts are not the major problem for a believer, unbelief is. Ultimately we must go from doubts to a solid foundation of faith; that God is who He says He is and will do what is best in our life. […] Continue Reading…

How is Your Organization Handling Conflict?

Recently the staff at Grace Community Church talked through conflict and its benefit for us. Sometimes an organization can become too polite with each other and conflict is avoided or ignored in an effort to protect the relationship or to avoid the tension conflict creates. Other times one person tends to control a situation without allowing other people’s input, either for selfish reasons or to keep conflict from developing. The problem with these approaches is that some of the best ideas are never implemented because we don’t push through the messiness of conflict to get to the right answers. […] Continue Reading…

Children Have Become Media Junkies

Our children have become media junkies. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a study of children ages 8 to 18, which found, not surprisingly, that they are consuming a astounding amount of media entertainment each day. Children now consume an average of 7 ½ hours per day or 52 ½ hours per week of media saturation.

Daily media consumption of U.S. children: […] Continue Reading…

How Will This Decision Impact Others?

Scripture is clear, however, that the role of a believer is to consider the interest of others, even before we consider our own. Paul writes, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3…emphasis mine) […] Continue Reading…

The Emotional Health of the Leader Impacts the Organization

It’s hard to lead others when you are getting your butt kicked. (Excuse the word, but I think it is needed here if that is how you are feeling.) When your world is crashing in around you, you’ll be less prepared to lead well. […] Continue Reading…

One Statement and One Question that Impacted My Life

Recently, actually in the same week, I had a statement made to me and a question asked of me that made me stop and reflect. Does that ever happen to you? Can one word or phrase someone says jump out at you and challenge you to think about your life for a moment? […] Continue Reading…