Build A Better Tuesday Morning

Build A Better Tuesday Morning

A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet. A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .” What followed “the. . . .” was whatever needed to be debriefed. At the church where I worked, the weekend service was always on the agenda. The discussion that would follow resembled surgery, as each... Read More
An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

It’s Monday morning and the weekly debrief meeting is about to happen. You know the normal questions that are about to be asked. How many people showed up? How much money was given? Who was missing as a volunteer? How many guests did we have? How many views did we get on our online campus? How many likes or retweets did we get? How many people accepted Christ this weekend? These are all of the measurements that your typical staff at a church will look at week after week. These are not... Read More
Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses of Volunteers 

Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses of Volunteers 

I cannot quite picture the exact scene, but I definitely remember the rush of emotions. I will never forget what it felt like to see my family’s response to my report card results. For the most part, they were filled with stellar grades and kind remarks. Occasionally though, there were a few indicators accompanied by brief comments about my bad conduct. (I was a clown.) Fortunately, the good grades outweighed the bad conduct and the joyous memories of being a great student will forever remain... Read More
21 Questions To Help You Evaluate Yourself

21 Questions To Help You Evaluate Yourself

There’s a shift that happens around this time of year. Maybe it happened for you last week, or maybe it’s beginning to occur to you now: This year is over. Maybe it passed quickly for you, or slowly. Maybe it was filled with great advancements and achievements, or maybe it was pockmarked with disappointments and roadblocks. However this year went for you as a leader, looking back and taking stock of the past 12 months will go a long way in propelling you forward into 2016. Your... Read More
What Is Your “Why”?

What Is Your “Why”?

At one point or another you’ve probably said, “I have the best job in the world!”—and in the moment you whole-heartedly meant it. You love what you do, or at least you’re in love with the idea of what you do. Investing in the next generation ensures the continuation of the gospel. That should be motivation enough, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have an emotional connection to your ministry. I am saying your calling is more than a vague and overarching purpose... Read More