5 Steps to Discern a Change in Ministry Assignment

Time for Change - Ornate Clock

How do you know when God is closing one door in ministry and opening another?

I get this question a lot and have previously addressed it, but recently I have received it more frequently so I decided to update this post.

Several times in my ministry, first as a layperson […] Continue Reading…

7 Reminders for Pastors and Ministry Leaders who use Social Media

The way you use it matters...

Social media on Smartphone

Can I be honest? I’m not always the biggest fan of social media.

I know you have a hard time believing this if you follow me on Facebook (either my profile or one of my pages – I have several), Twitter (and I have a couple of those), LinkedIn, Instagram, […] Continue Reading…

5 Ways Ministry Has Changed in 20 Years

It's gotten harder...

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I began this blog a number of years ago for one primary reason of encouraging other ministry leaders. I came into ministry later in life – after a long business career – and, so I’ve always seen the role differently from some who have been spent their career in […] Continue Reading…

An Interview with Pete Wilson

Following up on his recent resignation as pastor

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I was delighted to talk with my friend Pete Wilson recently for some insight into his recent resignation from Cross Point Church in Nashville where he served as senior pastor. Pete planted Cross Point 14 years ago and it quickly became one of the fastest growing and now one […] Continue Reading…

7 Reactions to Grief Which May Surprise You

grieving

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

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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.

Chemistry
Competence
Character

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

5 Suggestions When You Find Yourself in a Miserable Work Environment

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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

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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…