30 of My Favorite Take Aways from GLS 2019

Last week we hosted the simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit. It’s two days of top-level speakers addressing leadership in every area of life. Whether you’re young or old, pursuing the sacred or secular, in a position of authority, middle management, or the new intern, everyone has influence. The Leadership Summit is held every year…

Some Myths About Turnaround

Most churches need a turnaround! Odds are, your church needs one, too. By that, I mean, we all need to experience renewed life and health in our church families. The sad thing is that many ignore the need for revitalization until it’s too late. In Revelation 3:1-2, this startling warning is given to the church…

Where Are Your Oxen?

One of the hardest things for many of us to do is to ask for help! However, ministry is never a one-person show! We need help! Without it, the church is anemic, and we’re exhausted. The church is supposed to function as a body made of many functioning parts. We are a family where all…

It’s Okay to Repeat Yourself!

It’s okay to repeat yourself! (See what I did there?) We, as pastors and leaders, often under-communicate. For as much talking as we do, we think saying something once or twice is good enough – everybody got it, right? Nope! Our clarity in communication is a significant factor in our success.

What’s a Pastor to Do?

Some practical guidelines for a Lead Pastor’s time. It’s hard for me to believe I pastored one church for 31 ½ years. That’s a long time. I’ve had people ask me, “How did you do it?” I tell them, “Stubbornness!” Seriously, it was God’s grace and people’s patience that allowed us to stay as long…

FIVE TOP LEADERSHIP BL█ND SP■TS

#5 Inconsistencies As leaders, we’d like to think the problem is “out there” rather than realizing we need to change. That’s the nature of blind spots. So far, in this series, we have looked at four out of the five blind spots. Here are the topics and links, if you want to read them: #1…

FIVE TOP LEADERSHIP BL█ND SP■TS

#4 Avoidance Ever think that if you ignore something, it will go away? I have. That rarely happens, yet this is an ongoing blind spot for many leaders. It is an “intentional blind spot” in that we know we are doing it, but what we’re blind to is its destructive fallout. We convince ourselves that…

FIVE TOP LEADERSHIP BL█ND SP■TS

#3 Intimidating Others Most leaders want to be approachable, yet many of us unknowingly put people off. In fact, if you are a leader, someone will inevitably be intimidated by you.  We’re in a series entitled Five Top Leadership Blind Spots. You can read my previous articles about the first two blind spots: Being the…

Five Top Leadership BL█ND SP■TS

#2 The Need to be Always Right We’re in a series entitled “Five Top Leadership Blind Spots.” Last week we looked at the tendency for leaders to make themselves the exception to the rule.  Another blind spot for leaders is the need to be always right. Wow! As if we can really be right all the…

Five Top Leadership BL█ND SP■TS

#1 Making Yourself the Exception to the Rule. One of the goals of the Pacific Conference is to help build healthy pastors and leaders. This week I’m starting a blog series entitled Five Top Leadership Blind Spots. A blind spot is a deficiency in a person’s life that they can’t see, but others can. The…

Gatekeepers

by James Carmichael James serves as the chairman of our Board of Ministry. The Board provides an important service in our tribe as they guide men and women along the path to vocational ministry. We thought it was important to share their task so that you can understand the process and pray for them with…

The Benefits of Play

Pastors who play together, stay together! Yes, I made that up!  However, is there a benefit to playing together as pastors? I think so!  Today’s blog is written by Pastor Jon Strutz who is leading our PC Network. The goal of this network is to get pastors and their spouses together to have some fun!…