Succession Planning: Who will replace you?

Succession Planning: Who will replace you?

Over the years I have learned the hard way that doing the job alone, just doesn’t work. And not only does it not work, but it doesn’t produce fruit that lasts. If older Jim could tell younger Jim something today I’d tell him, it’s never too early to work on legacy. Every job I left after my first job, I have tried to develop others in a way that put options in place for replacing me from within an organization. Early in his ministry, Moses also learned the hard way about doing the job alone.... Read More
Five Traits of an Effective Coach

Five Traits of an Effective Coach

Everyone can go farther and faster with someone coaching them than they can on their own. This is true in sports, it’s true in your health, it’s true in business and it’s also true in ministry. I’ve found, “You will never maximize your potential in any area without a coach.” I have always admired coaches. Show me a successful team and I’ll show you a great coach. I’ve noticed truly great coaches have developed the skills to produce a winning team wherever they coach. Also, they have learned... Read More
Don’t Let Your Church Miss Seasonal Opportunities

Don’t Let Your Church Miss Seasonal Opportunities

Where did this year go? It seems like yesterday we were talking about starting this year off with a bang and here we are in the last quarter. I want to finish the year strong and to accomplish all that I need to, to make sure I don’t miss the opportunities ahead that October, November, and December bring. I worked for a pastor that used to tell the staff that if you miss seasonal opportunities, you’ll have to work a whole year to have these same opportunities again. (Some things just stick... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Jim Wideman

Voices of the Phase Project :: Jim Wideman

Jim Wideman has personally invested in training over a hundred thousand children’s and student ministry leaders, and we’re pretty sure he remembers most of their names, and phone numbers, and the ages of their children. After 37 years of full time ministry experience, Jim shares with the Phase Project stories, best practices, and insights all through a very distinct, Jim Wideman,... Read More
Thinking With a Community-First Mindset

Thinking With a Community-First Mindset

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that every church cares about the community. Reaching those who are far from God is a pretty big part of our collective mission, given to us by Jesus in Matthew 28. However, how we approach the community differs from church to church. There’s a distinction between being a church for the community and reaching those in the community. Truly partnering with families in the community begins with a shift in mindset. It begins with thinking about the... Read More