7 Reactions to Grief Which May Surprise You


Over the years I’ve walked with dozens of people through the stages of grief. Grieving is mostly associated with loss – it could be the loss of a job, a relationship, or even a life. Whenever we lose something we value we grieve. It’s natural, healthy, and expected.

I have […] Continue Reading…

Remember Where You Came From

A Key to Leading Organizational Change


There was a saying when I was growing up an older generation used often – I don’t hear it as much anymore.
“Don’t forget where you came from.”
And, if you were one of my relatives – talking to me – you might have said it with emphasis.

“Don’t forget where you […] Continue Reading…

The 4th “C” of Adding Healthy Team Members

Handshake and teamwork

I believe there is a fourth “C” to finding good team members. Unfortunately, I had to discover it the hard way.

You’ve possibly heard of the 3 C’s of finding the best team members. I think Bill Hybels is often credited with them.


Bill Hybels appears to be a genius leader. […] Continue Reading…

5 Suggestions When You Find Yourself in a Miserable Work Environment


About once a week I talk with a minister – usually a younger minister – who is miserable in their current context. It isn’t always because the workplace is miserable. Sometimes it’s a misfit for them personally. Sometimes it is an unhealthy culture or a controlling leader.

Many times, even […] Continue Reading…

5 Quandaries of Leading Creative People

And, a few thoughts which could help

ideas spinning

Leading creatives can be difficult. In fact, I love having creatives on the teams I lead, but, honestly, they can make leading much messier.

In case you’re wondering, here’s the top Google definition of a creative:relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic […] Continue Reading…

5 Ways For a Leader to Respond at the Outset of a Crisis

wonderful life bank scare

How do you respond when crisis comes to the team you lead?
I love the leadership displayed during a scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” where George Bailey is about to leave for his honeymoon and panic struck the Building and Loan. As the president, he was forced to avert […] Continue Reading…

Put Your Mask on First

Leadership advice from airline safety

oxygen mask

If you’ve spent any time flying commercially, you’ve most likely memorized the flight attendants instructions prior to take off.

Perhaps this will sound familiar:

Oxygen and the air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. […] Continue Reading…

If God Gives You Influence…

A Reminder to Pastors and Church Leaders


If God gives you influence the enemy gives you attention!

We shouldn’t be surprised when we see pastors and church leaders struggle. They are human – imperfect humans.

I have witnessed over the years – watching others and with my own experience – it’s often in the seasons where everything […] Continue Reading…

8 Things I Wouldn’t Do Again if Planting Another Church


I have been involved in church planting for most of my ministry career – whether as a planter or as a supporter of planting. I love the process of planting. I love the energy and the enthusiasm a new church brings to a community.

Having planted two churches, I’ve learned […] Continue Reading…