How Shopping the Clearance Aisle Changed a Community

How Shopping the Clearance Aisle Changed a Community

Walmart clearance aisle is my favorite place. Yes, you read that correctly. You see, one day while purchasing crafts and other items for respite, a lady approached me asking if I was a teacher. With a smile I replied, “Yes, but that this cart full is for a night called respite.” After we laughed about clearance, and after I explained what respite was, another woman standing behind me tapped my shoulder. She shared that she was helping to raise her grandson with autism and wondered if respite... Read More
Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More
NEXT 2018: A Gathering Exclusively for NextGen Pastors

NEXT 2018: A Gathering Exclusively for NextGen Pastors

NEXT 2018, held January 22-24 in Cumming, Ga., will bring together more than 100 next generation pastors and youth ministry leaders from some of the largest churches in the United States to have conversations about some of today’s most pressing issues. Since its inception four years ago, the event has tackled various topics, from racial reconciliation to workplace culture. “Oftentimes, leaders in ministry feel like they’re alone,” said Frank Bealer, executive director of leadership development... Read More
Alignment Isn’t Optional

Alignment Isn’t Optional

We’ve all had experiences where our team wasn’t aligned. It’s hard to make progress. It can lead to frustration and at times it can make us question our calling. A lack of alignment is exhausting. I’m not suggesting being aligned as an organization is easy, in fact, I would say alignment requires a lot of work but it beats the alternative. The keys to alignment come in all shapes and sizes: clear wins, consistent meetings, shared values, common language, and many more. Some of this you can... Read More
Approaching Limitations in Ministry

Approaching Limitations in Ministry

No matter what you’re doing, whether within the church or not, you will experience limitations in your work. It’s an inevitable part of the process. But it’s really not the limitations that matter. Rather, it is how you handle said limitations—how you respond to them, how you frame them, and ultimately how you work within them. That’s what makes the ultimate difference. Responding to Limitations Nothing was ever accomplished by overreacting to a challenge. Sometimes the... Read More