A Kindness Manifesto For Leading Ministry Teams Well

A Kindness Manifesto For Leading Ministry Teams Well

It was late in the evening at a conference, and a group had gathered to talk about everything they had learned during the day. There were sessions on fundraising and marketing, sessions on launching ministries and on defining metrics for their success. And there was a lot of discussion in workshops and seminars about caring for volunteers. “They are your lifeblood. Serve them well. Treat them like gold.” “Sometimes, I wish I was still a volunteer,” quietly mentioned one person in the group. “I... Read More
The Fruits Of Integrity

The Fruits Of Integrity

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – CS Lewis Integrity. It’s a word we hear a lot in leadership, especially in ministry leadership. What has always baffled me about integrity, though, is that it is commonly talked about as “who you are when no one is looking.” If integrity is based on how we act when nobody else is around then how can other people honestly judge an individual as a person of high or low integrity? Integrity is so much more than who a person is... Read More
Social Media as a Tool for Authentic Connection

Social Media as a Tool for Authentic Connection

I’d like to try something out with you. If you’re open to it, I’d like to say write a word and see what your emotional and intellectual response is. Think you’re up for it? All you have to do is pay special attention to what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling when you read this word. Are you ready? . . . Facebook. How did we do? What are those feelings churning up inside? Is it elation, dread, fear, anxiety, joy, or something around those lines? Or, maybe instead of an emotional feeling... Read More
What Do You Really Know About Being A Servant Leader?

What Do You Really Know About Being A Servant Leader?

by Amy Fenton “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” –H. Jackson Brown Jr. Servant Leadership. It seems that this phrase is thrown out a great deal in our culture. It is almost as popular as say, skinny jeans or a slouch beanie on your head in July. But, just like skinny jeans can be hard to squeeze into and a beanie can make your head hot and itchy . . . servant leadership can be very hard to navigate. Especially in a large church environment. I feel... Read More
The Cure for Jealousy

The Cure for Jealousy

by Sarah Bragg I’m sure you’ve never been jealous of someone, or of someone’s ministry or speaking ability, but I sure have. Working in ministry, it’s easy to be surrounded by people who can do what you do ten times better. And it’s even easier to secretly wish that person would fail. Jealousy says, “I like what you’ve got; I don’t like the fact that you have it and I want it.” I’m sad to say it, but jealousy rears its ugly head all... Read More