Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Depending on your personality, the word structure may fill you with elation or dread. For the latter, just take the Pirates of the Caribbean approach and consider it a “guideline.” We all know the pressure of being pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. It’s probably not uncommon for you to reach the end of a work day, and ask yourself what you actually accomplished. Sadly, too many of our days pass this way while the work load only seems to increase. But there is an approach you can... Read More
How to Steward Relationships Well in Your Family Ministry

How to Steward Relationships Well in Your Family Ministry

In family ministry, there are relationships with parents, kids, teens, volunteers, and an array of leaders. All of those relationships are managed and cultivated differently. All the relationships are important but how we care for them varies. How we care for, or steward relationships, is a reflection of the value we place on what God has given. Stewardship is the opportunity to take what was created by someone else and influence what happens to it next. It’s the opportunity to make something... Read More
Three Reasons Why Kids Ministry is Cancelled Today

Three Reasons Why Kids Ministry is Cancelled Today

“You’re telling me my child has to sit in church with me?” “He’s going to be bored out of his mind!” “But Pete is preaching through the book of DANIEL!” “I drove 30 minutes here just for you to tell me there is no Kids Ministry? This is unacceptable.” These are all real, actual statements I’ve heard from exhausted, well-meaning parents at my church when they find out that their kid has to go to church with them. For some, it seems to be the bane of their existence. To be honest, I don’t blame... Read More
Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

I will never forget my mother’s words to me the day my husband was ordained. She said: “You’ll rarely be able to trust anyone. Don’t give them ammunition. Friendships will be scarce. It’s okay. I’ll always be here for you.” I know what you may be thinking, “Wow . . . that’s cynical.” If you knew my mother, what she’s been through, the betrayal she’s experienced too many times, you would understand her perspective. My mother is practically a saint. My husband often jokes: “If you think the... Read More
The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

The Purpose of Fear in Authentic Leadership

Leadership in ministry is not for the faint-hearted. We only need to look around us to witness the ravages of an unrelenting war on character, on relationships, on hearts and minds. Volumes have been written on building strong churches, growing high-capacity volunteer groups, and designing creative ministries that appeal to every age. Leadership books are quick to list tips for being more effective, more charismatic, more relevant, and more dynamic. But there is little offered to help those of... Read More