Manage Your Time for Maximum Impact in 2018

Manage Your Time for Maximum Impact in 2018

“Mom, where’s my pink ballet tights and my new black leotard? I need to pack them in my dance bag.” “Honey, have you picked up the food for small group? Remember, we’re hosting at our house this week.” “Mom, my girlfriend sprained her ankle. I feel bad she has to ride the bus with crutches. Could you pick us both up from the car rider line for the next two weeks?” “Hey Jess, I’m experiencing tension with a few volunteers. What advice would you offer?” “Mrs. Bealer, as the community service... Read More
Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Ants. Everywhere. I looked around the classroom and could feel the sting of tears forming. It was going to be a hectic morning. I had known for weeks today would be challenging and had done everything in my power to set up my teams for success. It was a long holiday weekend, which meant many volunteers were at the beach or in the mountains with their families. (But we were covered; I had called in reinforcements in the form of staff spouses.) Our church building, which was often rented out by... Read More
Refuse to Quit

Refuse to Quit

I started playing basketball in fourth grade. I had hit a growth spurt and everyone kept suggesting I try it out. My dad took me to the community center and signed me up. I didn’t know how to dribble or shoot and the rules were as familiar to me as calculus theorems. I was lost, to put it mildly. In my first game I rebounded 20 balls, which may sound impressive, except that I also walked twice, missed every shot I attempted, and fouled out in the third quarter. It was around this same time... Read More
Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

Why Effective Leaders are Both Vulnerable and Transparent

I will never forget my mother’s words to me the day my husband was ordained. She said: “You’ll rarely be able to trust anyone. Don’t give them ammunition. Friendships will be scarce. It’s okay. I’ll always be here for you.” I know what you may be thinking, “Wow . . . that’s cynical.” If you knew my mother, what she’s been through, the betrayal she’s experienced too many times, you would understand her perspective. My mother is practically a saint. My husband often jokes: “If you think the... Read More
Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

I married my high school sweetheart. Frank was the lead guitarist in a local band, two years older than I, a rebel with a cause, and he was hopelessly in love with me. The good news…I felt the same. I was smitten, and at the age of nineteen I stood before God, friends, and family and promised to love him forever. I always have and I always will, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced bumps along the way. As I mentioned, we were practically kids when we recited our vows. We literally grew... Read More