3 Tips for Entering a New Position Smoothly

3 Tips for Entering a New Position Smoothly

I was a pastor for 20 years. In that time, I served many churches in many different roles. You could say I am an expert at starting new jobs. It’s definitely a trend in the greater workforce. Jobs are becoming more transient in the workforce as a whole. Gone are the days of people retiring from the same job after 30 or 40 years. Although I have no solid statistics, and it probably depends largely on the size and demographic of the church, at least in my experience, jobs in the church world... Read More
Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More
Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

It was a bright spring day in 2014. My daughter was five at the time, and we were spending the early afternoon where we often did: at the park. She had recently graduated to the “big kid playground,” which had a giant, enclosed slide, fast swings . . . and a set of tall monkey bars that looked impossibly imposing for her tiny frame. I should tell you that my girl has always been fiercely independent. Strong-willed. Determined. On this particular day, she focused all her attention on those... Read More
Relational Skills of Great Leaders

Relational Skills of Great Leaders

“People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” “People may not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.” We have heard these phrases more than a million times, and even now they still ring true. The ability to connect with others in an authentic, deep and meaningful manner is rare these days. So, the moment people discover that we truly care about them, we upgrade from good leaders to great ones. The moment... Read More
How to Handle Negative Personalities on Your Team

How to Handle Negative Personalities on Your Team

Team dynamics are fascinating to me. Wholly different perceptions, personalities, experiences and ideals being thrown together and told to work in unison towards a common goal. Is it any wonder that a team accomplishes anything at all? However, if you’ve ever worked in a well-functioning machine, you know that immeasurably more can actually be accomplished in a team setting than taking on the same task solo.  So, figuring out how to overcome all those differences and work together is such an... Read More