How To Lead Difficult Team Members

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

From your first year as a rookie in ministry until your final farewell tour of a half-century of servanthood, chances are that along your way you will eventually be confronted with a ministry partner (volunteer) that causes some friction either with your ministry team, with your ministry direction, or with you personally. And although there are endless reasons (or excuses) why a team member might not be in sync with the direction of your leadership in ministry; the fact remains, God has placed... 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
What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

Honest moment: I hate difficult conversations! Difficult conversations keep me awake at night, make me second guess my leadership, make me worry about the person for days to follow, and push me into countless conversations with mentors about whether I’m doing the right thing. This is one part of leadership that if I never had to do again, it would be too soon. However, I recognize that those wishes are not only unrealistic but unhealthy. Loving leaders have hard conversations as we are... Read More
4 Questions Every Ministry Leader Should Ask Themselves

4 Questions Every Ministry Leader Should Ask Themselves

“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understand the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson You’re part of a unique tribe of leaders who spend every week teaching programming and leading the next generation. If you’re going to champion a ministry for kids or teenagers, here are some questions you need to ask yourself every Monday morning: 1. Am I communicating the strategy clearly?... Read More
Conflict Management From The Senior Leader Perspective

Conflict Management From The Senior Leader Perspective

By the sole fact that you are taking time to read this article, in an attempt to make yourself a better leader, it shows that you understand how extremely tough our jobs are. Most people, including our mommas, don’t really know what we do on a daily basis. I’ve said innumerable times that the 12+ years I’ve been in full-time ministry have been way tougher than the 10+ years I worked in corporate America. Before I move forward, I want to pause to extend my gratitude for all the work you do for... Read More