A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet.
A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .”
We didn’t know it then, but our team was on the brink of a spiritual war that lasted several years. It included some major transitions—staff turnover, changes in ministry structure, breakdown of silos and prejudices, launching campuses, building teams, and even constructing new buildings! Our ministry story has been complex in the last four years! Here are a few things we learned along the way.
Your natural wiring and giftings can help point you to your sweet spot in leadership.
In Proverbs, it is written that “where there is no vision the people perish.” That must mean then that where there IS vision the people will flourish.
Vision is a word that we hear often in ministry leadership. Many young leaders struggle when it comes to keeping a vision strong so their teams don’t suffer from vision drift. Here are some ways that you can keep the vision God has given you on the front lines.
11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid.
Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life.
Integrity is so much more than who a person is when no one is looking. Integrity is a character trait that serves as a foundation for what makes a person good…or bad. The personalities of a truly connected and self-aware leader like empathy, grace, commitment, honesty, and transparency all stem from our ability to lead with integrity.
Names are important. It’s typically the first thing you learn about someone, the first connecting point you share over a nametag or a handshake. But if we’re “bad” at remembering names, we make excuses.
You have them all the time. Week in and week out you dream, plan, create and execute. But at the end of the day, when everyone goes home, when the “atta’ boys” wear off . . . how do you know the difference between a vision that God has given you versus simply a good idea you came up with? God created and gave us our abilities, so is it possible to have ideas that are good but not aligned with Him?
Here are three essential ways to identify when an idea is a God-given vision instead of just simply a good idea.
No matter the size of the ministry, from a coffee-shop church plant to a multi-campus mega-church, there always seems to be more opportunities to serve than servers! Over many years of interacting with churches around the country, I can only recall one church that had a waiting list of volunteers. What a dream world that must be! In the world of most leaders, though, opportunities abound and we can help others find their place if we are intentional.
Change—it’s as common as the cold, as unpredictable as the weather and as painful as a toothache. And if we’re honest, we don’t typically enjoy it.
Why can some leaders embrace change naturally and effortlessly? Why do some (most) of us struggle with change? And most importantly, what does God think of change and what does our ability or inability to change say about our faith in his plan?
It started as a simple idea that took only a few minutes to create: A Facebook page for local ministry leaders. Now, with a booming network of peers throughout the city, Amy Fenton shares her experience about how building a network actually builds up each other.
Leading our communities can take incredible energy. We pour our whole lives into it and invest on a journey with God’s people. And sometimes, the result is that our own spiritual growth gets put on hold.
Whether you opt for the hard copy, an ebook, or the audio version, these last few weeks of summer can be a great time to dig in and read more to help you grow.
Never underestimate what the power of God can do through a strategic conference or what can happen when men & women of God hear His voice and vision. I thought the money was too much to spend on a conference. Boy was I wrong, as not going would have cost us much more but we would have never realized it.
Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday we were talking about gearing up for the new year, then we were getting a jump on Easter, now it’s come and gone and we’re in the thick of summer. With camps, VBS and mission trips all planned, now is the time to use the rest of your summer to plan for the rest of the year.
Don’t you just love quality time with your friends filled with laughter and deep insights? With 15 stops all across the country, Orange Tour is an opportunity you’ll kick yourself if you miss. This one-day event will end with you and your team feeling inspired and equipped to make disciples of the next generation!
In the ministry world, burnout may be our greatest obstacle. It’s the devil’s ultimate weapon. If he can run you ragged, he will. If he can destroy your health, he will. If he can make you despise your job, he will.
If we want to find a way to combat the enemy’s schemes, we have to identify unhealthy behaviors and eliminate them from our daily routines. Some things need to change if we want to last in ministry.
Happy Independence Day! We hope your July 4 is filled with delicious grilled goodness, frosty lemonade, glittery fireworks, and lots of fun with friends and family.
As we celebrate the founding of our country, let’s remember our freedom both in democracy and in Christ.
For as many years as I can remember, my daughter, who is now 11, has always been appalled that I have to work in the summer. She says, “Oh Daddy, it’s just not fair.” I say to her: “Yeah, what’s that all about? Down with the establishment that’s trying to keep me down.” She has no idea what I’m talking about, neither do I, but she is pleased I agree.
I wish I could take the summer off, but I can’t. And I bet you can’t either. While we can’t take the summer off we can take a vacation from something else.
Here’s a secret every good volunteer and leader knows: You don’t do something because you feel like it. You do something in order to feel like it. If you only do what you have to do, you will be limited in what you do. It’s the stuff that you don’t have to do that ultimately changes your faith.