The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things in the upside-down nature of the... Read More
Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

Embracing Curiosity as a Leadership Skill

“Curiosity is different from intelligence or creativity or even from leadership. Not everyone has those qualities, but everyone can be as curious as they want to be, and it doesn’t matter when you start. Furthermore, your curiosity can help you be smarter and more creative, it can help you be more effective and also help you be a better person.” – Brian Grazer, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life One of the best and most accessible tools you can use to improve yourself is... Read More
Creating a System for Leadership Success

Creating a System for Leadership Success

It’s a brand New Year and you know what that means, we all want to be a better leader in 2019 than we were in 2018. I’m not talking about making resolutions—that’s not with this article is all about. I’m talking about real change that causes you to operate at a whole new level of effectiveness. Here are the things I’ve done so far this new year to make sure I structure my year for more balance, growth and margin in the area’s of time, energy, and resource management. I always start looking... Read More
How Self-Control Affects the Whole

How Self-Control Affects the Whole

One of my favorite fruits is the pomegranate. It is complicatedly beautiful. If you’ve ever cut one open, it is made up of several little seeds, held together by cream-colored borders, protected by a hard-red shell. Once you cut a pomegranate open though you will quickly notice that if you expose one part of the fruit to the elements the other parts of the fruit will start to dry out and won’t taste as good. I promise that God had the pomegranate in mind when His Spirit inspired Paul to write... Read More
How Many Ministry Hats do You Wear?

How Many Ministry Hats do You Wear?

There is no doubt if you are a ministry leader longer than five minutes, you find out you are one who wears many hats. Recently, I spoke with a new leader in Virginia who has come from 15 years in the education world. He remarked how he has a lot of background with leading kids and presenting great lessons, but he is swimming in the deep end of being a project manager of all things kids ministry. It’s true. A ministry leader (no matter what size church) manages many fronts of ministry. There’s... Read More