How Some of the Best Discoveries Are Made – In Life and Leadership

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Don’t be afraid to take a wrong turn — or go where the path isn’t clear — or act when you don’t have all the details figured out yet.
Some of the best discoveries are made that way.
People are always asking Cheryl and me how we discovered a great new [...] Continue Reading…

3 Problems with Unspoken Expectations in Leadership

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I was talking with a youth pastor recently. He is experiencing tremendous disappointment in his current position. He feels he is doing everything well, but his pastor never seemed pleased with his progress.

As we talked, it became clear to me that he and his pastor had different [...] Continue Reading…

10 Things I’d Do Differently if I Weren’t a Pastor Today

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I spent most of my adult life outside vocational ministry. I’m amazed at the opportunities God has given me in ministry, but in many ways I am still a newcomer.  I have just over a dozen years in this career. It’s challenging in some ways, because I see things [...] Continue Reading…

10 Indications a Church is Making Disciples

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I’ve often heard people say you can’t measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true.

It is true that you can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening.

Here are 10 indications [...] Continue Reading…

7 Examples of Lazy Leadership Practices

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Laziness is a sin.

Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9

It’s also annoying. And, ineffective in leadership.

The fact is, however, that many of us have some lazy tendencies when it comes to leadership. I do at times. This is as [...] Continue Reading…

Two Ways to Improve Your Marriage Today

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Two ways to improve your marriage today

Communicate more often.

Schedule times just to talk.

Plan activities that will allow you to engage with each other.

Get a sitter so you can be alone.

Don’t let too much time to without longer conversations.

Begin and end your day — as much as possible — in [...] Continue Reading…

7 Non-Negotiable Values for Teams I Lead

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Leader,

What do you look for when you bring a person on to your team?

What expectations do you have for people who serve on your team?

I think it’s important to know yourself well enough that you understand the qualities in people with whom you work best.

Several years ago I took [...] Continue Reading…

7 False Beliefs of the Leadership Vacuum

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Many times a leader can be clueless about the real health of the organization they lead. If a leader refuses to solicit feedback, doesn’t listen to criticism or stops learning, they can begin to believe everything is under control — when in reality — things are falling apart around [...] Continue Reading…

7 Things That Weaken Leadership

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There are times I’m a better leader than other times. Sometimes that my fault. Other times the cause is unavoidable. If we can begin to identify what interrupts strong leadership, we can become better leaders. I have personally experienced some things in my own life that weaken my leadership. [...] Continue Reading…