3 Lies Ministry Leaders Tell Themselves

3 Lies Ministry Leaders Tell Themselves

As a sermon illustration, I once preached from a ladder. But I didn’t just sit on one of the lower rungs. No, I preached for half an hour from the top step of a 16-foot ladder. The one that reads “Caution: This is not a step!” I thought it was a brilliant way to engage the audience. I didn’t realize it would serve as nothing more than the worst possible distraction. No one heard a word I said because they were afraid I was going to fall. I wasn’t worried or nervous. I have really good... Read More
Alignment Isn’t Optional

Alignment Isn’t Optional

We’ve all had experiences where our team wasn’t aligned. It’s hard to make progress. It can lead to frustration and at times it can make us question our calling. A lack of alignment is exhausting. I’m not suggesting being aligned as an organization is easy, in fact, I would say alignment requires a lot of work but it beats the alternative. The keys to alignment come in all shapes and sizes: clear wins, consistent meetings, shared values, common language, and many more. Some of this you can... Read More
Turning Surprises Into Opportunities

Turning Surprises Into Opportunities

Do you remember the first time you asked someone if they liked you? Like in elementary school? Or maybe like me, middle school? More than likely it didn’t happen instantly. You thought about it. A lot. You played through all kinds of scenarios in your mind. Recently, my kids came across my old middle school yearbooks. They started asking all kinds of questions, mostly around haircuts and fashion but at some point it drifted to what one girl wrote in the back of my yearbook. It was an old... Read More
I Get It Now

I Get It Now

There’s something that changes when you see it for yourself. There’s a new sense in which we say “I get it now.” I’ve had many experiences like this in my life. The first time I walked into Neyland Stadium and witnessed over 100,000 fans cheering for the Tennessee Vols. The first time I walked the streets of Rome and really understood just how young America is. The first time I helped lead a friend to a relationship with Jesus. And it happened again, earlier this year at Orange Conference.... Read More
Cut It Out! Finding the Best in Less

Cut It Out! Finding the Best in Less

As a child, TGIF was a big part of my family’s weekly routine. At 8 p.m. every Friday night, we would huddle in front of our 19-inch TV to watch the Tanner and Winslow families navigate life. Steve Urkel would whine, “Did I do that?” and Jesse would make us all smile with his, “Have Mercy!” The biggest laughs always came when Joey would say his catch phrase, “Cut it out.” It was his way of saying stop, you’re embarrassing me . . . but don’t really stop. It’s interesting how... Read More