The Two Different Kinds of Knowing

The Two Different Kinds of Knowing

In the 1984 comedy Top Secret, Val Kilmer plays a rock star turned spy in Cold War-era East Germany. In one scene, Kilmer is trying to order food at a German restaurant but admits that he doesn’t speak the language.  “I know a little German,” responds his female co-lead. “He’s sitting over there.” The camera cuts to another table where a short man in lederhosen stands up and waves. He’s a little German. The scene is funny because it’s a wordplay on the two different kinds of knowing—knowing... Read More
5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care. I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot. I’m talking about someone who genuinely feels... Read More
Leading Change: 4 Ways To Attack Problems Instead Of People

Leading Change: 4 Ways To Attack Problems Instead Of People

by Carey Nieuwhof As a leader, you dream of a better future. Maybe it involves reaching new families, changing your current ministry programs, launching a new idea, or leading a complete transformation of your ministry. Whatever that dream looks like, it necessarily involves change. But the hard reality is that if you attempt to change almost anything, you will encounter resistance. Leading change without losing it When that happens, especially when someone attacks your ideas (or you... Read More
What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

I love being a dad. I love the idea of walking with these kids as they discover the world. I love the opportunity to see things from such a different perspective. I even love my two boys jumping/attacking me at all hours of the day. However, what I don’t love is . . . crying! It drives me absolutely crazy. For the most part, I have to accept that it’s the only way they know how to communicate at such a young age. However, I did discover a phenomenon that greatly reduced the amount of crying at... Read More
Build A Better Tuesday Morning

Build A Better Tuesday Morning

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. . . .” What followed “the. . . .” was whatever needed to be debriefed. At the church where I worked, the weekend service was always on the agenda. The discussion that would follow resembled surgery, as each... Read More