Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

The season was a challenging one for the church known for its innovative ideas and laid-back, “nobody’s perfect and everybody’s welcome” approach to sharing the gospel. Attendance was on the decline, and ideas to engage the congregation which looked solid on white boards were floundering in real life. Senior leadership grew distant from the rest of the staff, and concerns mounted when it was announced that the church was going in a “new direction” that seemed counter to its original vision.... Read More
Don’t Let Burnout Get the Best of You

Don’t Let Burnout Get the Best of You

Burnout is not something unique to church leaders. From doctors, to lawyers, to small business owners, to college students, to stay-at-home moms, we all are susceptible of burning out. If more is caught than taught, then maybe we shouldn’t be surprised with the rise of mental illness and burnout that we are not only seeing in pastors, but in our churches as well. Burnout is what happens when we take on more than God has asked of us. Jesus Himself gave us a rhythm to guide us through stressful... Read More
This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

This Ministry Tool Equips and Empowers Small Group Leaders

Years in children’s ministry have taught me to always have an eye out for the best way to help volunteers succeed. Whether it be the way we set up a room, the method information is delivered, or the system of communication used, I am always looking for ways to equip and empower our volunteers. The Lead Small App is fantastic and is one mighty strong app. Can apps be strong? Well, this one is! The new design is sleek and intuitive for the small group leader (SGL). Here are three reasons why I... Read More
Essential Values of the Invested Leader

Essential Values of the Invested Leader

Over the first 18 years of life, a kid and student will have multiple voices contributing to their ideals, morals, behaviors, and thoughts. The church can be one of those voices that influence the way the next generation grows in faith and the decisions they will make that will affect the rest of their lives. These voices are often a part of a kid’s or student’s community. Community—a group of people who share relationships and ongoing experiences—has a greater potential to make a lasting... Read More
Suicide Prevention: Lies We Can Become Trapped In

Suicide Prevention: Lies We Can Become Trapped In

We all have bad days. We all have those days where it doesn’t seem like anything goes right. However, for most of us we have the healthy mindset of knowing that this bad day is one of many other days; some of them good. The problem when talking about a mindset that sometimes leads to suicide is that it becomes very polarized. Sometimes this is due to living with no margins. We can live so far out on the limb that small moments can have enormous consequences. It’s important for everyone to live... Read More