Voices of the Phase Project :: Tom Shefchunas

Voices of the Phase Project :: Tom Shefchunas

You know you’re talking to a phase expert when they answer the “Why is this the most important phase?” question with a smile and a simple “because it is.” Tom Shefchunas has not only the gift of simplification and sarcasm, he is actually one of the smartest leaders we know when it comes to understanding the world of middle school. Shef has passion unlike any other for creating a safe place where every middle schooler knows they belong. His life mission to do for a few what he wishes he... Read More
Leading Well Through Seasons of Doubt

Leading Well Through Seasons of Doubt

Leadership continues through difficult seasons of spiritual growth. Difficult seasons are met with moments of doubt, confusion and anxiety. Yet, these seasons can be leveraged to grow our faith. Those difficult seasons, or “faith spurts,” allow us to grow in our relationship with Christ and others. These faith spurts might affect our behaviors: Behavior that we once thought was okay, we might begin to question whether it’s truly in line with biblical truths. Faith spurts might challenge our... Read More
What’s Hindering Your Leadership Effectiveness?

What’s Hindering Your Leadership Effectiveness?

As I write this, I’m listening to our dryer run. It’s a new dryer we had to buy because the old one met a bitter, smoke-filled, smelly end. The old one had given us plenty of trouble over the last few years, but the new one didn’t fix everything like we had hoped. It required too many cycles to completely dry a big load, and we knew part of the issue was the vent. I went up in the attic and had to take apart the vent in order to clean it out. As you might imagine, the primary issue was birds... Read More
Growing in Emotional Intelligence

Growing in Emotional Intelligence

I want my game show. There are game shows about financial intelligence like the Price is Right. There are game shows about intellectual intelligence like Jeopardy. There are even game shows about probability intelligence like the Family Feud trying to guess what a hundred random people might say. However, there’s never been a game show for emotional intelligence. Just think of the possibilities! If you’re not familiar with emotional intelligence, I’ll let Wikipedia explain:... Read More
Thinking With a Community-First Mindset

Thinking With a Community-First Mindset

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that every church cares about the community. Reaching those who are far from God is a pretty big part of our collective mission, given to us by Jesus in Matthew 28. However, how we approach the community differs from church to church. There’s a distinction between being a church for the community and reaching those in the community. Truly partnering with families in the community begins with a shift in mindset. It begins with thinking about the... Read More