Five Things Every Leader Should Be Saying

Words matter. What we say has more impact than we think. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” So whether it’s the words you say to leaders, your…

Lapses in Leadership

Getting as old as I am, I get a chance to look back on my ministry and leadership. A few weeks ago, I shared about “making mistakes.” We all make them. What’s that saying, Hindsight is 20/20?  It’s true! There are many times I could have done things better and, yes, even differently. LET’S TALK…

Making Mistakes

Everyone knows “to err is human,” but no one wants to be wrong. Why is that? Why are we so driven to be correct but maddened by our mistakes? We may be hiding insecurities, feeling inadequate, or ping-ponging between shame and embarrassment. Sadly, our desire to be right distorts our responses to our blunders. LET’S…

Dealing With Conflict

Conflict happens. In fact, it should. Someone said if two people always agree, then one isn’t needed. Today’s blog was originally posted by David Kraft. Knowing how to deal openly and honestly with conflict with coworkers, friends, and family is critical to good leadership. LET’S TALK Here is Dave’s approach to dealing with conflict: Do…

Organized to Death

Whether we like it or not, those of us who are pastors work within the confines of “organized religion.” Part of it comes out of necessity. We have programs to plan, buildings to maintain, and budgets to meet.  However, when our focus shifts from ministry to maintenance, we lose our way! Judson Edwards, in his…

What is your Peanut Butter?

By Randy and Linda Myers Chuck Swindoll wrote in his book, The Grace Awakening,” about two groups of missionaries living together on a compound that would not even speak to each other all because of peanut butter. One group asked people from back home to send peanut butter as they could not buy it on…

4 Keys to Great Leadership

Today’s blog is not mine, but from Charles Stone. A while back, he made a move to pastor in Canada.  During this time of transition, he learned four keys to start well and sustain a healthy ministry. What I like most about this article is the thought-provoking questions we need to ask as leaders. LET’S…

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…