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
Vision! Re-Vision! And Re-Vision Again! 

Vision! Re-Vision! And Re-Vision Again! 

There is one thing constant about life. Change! Change is the only thing we can count on happening every single day. If change happens every day, imagine how much change a ministry can go through each year. Change seems to happen more rapidly when you have an aligned team working toward one goal moving toward the ministry vision. As one part of the vision is worked out, other things shift and need to be addressed in order to keep the momentum and to not lose the already accomplished gains.... Read More
Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

It was time for a change, it was time to move the 4:00 pm Saturday service to 5:00 pm. We spent months researching optimum service times, asking families for input and discussing the change with stakeholders. (I didn’t know service times had stakeholders.) When the day came for the change, however, weeping and wailing was heard for miles around. For over a year anonymous cards were dropped in the offering begging, threatening, demanding a return of the 4:00 pm Saturday service. How could a... Read More
What Square Pegs and Round Holes Have to do With Your Ministry

What Square Pegs and Round Holes Have to do With Your Ministry

There is nothing worse than trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. No matter how hard you push and pry it will not fit correctly. At this point there are two options: try to change the shape of the peg or put it in a different hole. Trying to change the shape of the peg, or person, can cause damage, disruption, and ultimately devalues the way they were created and the gifts that God gave them to use. Instead of reshaping the peg, there are moments when we must find a new hole for the... Read More
Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item... Read More