Three Keys That Matter When Casting Vision About Your Ministry

Three Keys That Matter When Casting Vision About Your Ministry

Over the years I’ve had a lot of leadership positions. When I was 10, we moved to Houston. The youth group at the church we attended ended up being my lifeline since I was starting a brand new school in sixth grade without knowing a soul. The youth minister there was such an amazing individual. He constantly empowered us to take ownership with the ideas that we had. On one occasion when I complained that the sermon was too boring and we wanted a class during the service since we were too old... 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
4 Steps to Leading Up to Your Senior Pastor

4 Steps to Leading Up to Your Senior Pastor

Have you seen the 2010 Christopher Nolan film Inception? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. It’s an action-packed thriller that has Leonardo DiCaprio and friends entering dreams and dreams within dreams. Sure it’s a little complicated, but that’s what makes it fun. And we can learn a little something from it about leading up to our senior leaders. In the movie, the characters enter a businessman’s dream with the goal of implanting an outside idea in his mind so that he believes the idea to be... Read More
The Person is the Priority

The Person is the Priority

The weekend is always coming, whether it’s Monday, Friday or noon on Saturday, you feel the unrelenting pressure of needing to execute every seven days. There are volunteers to schedule, programming to fine tune and Goldfish to purchase. In addition, you most likely wear other hats as well. Maybe you oversee social media, special events or staff communication in addition to your normal responsibilities. Because of the complexity that exists within family ministry, those that lead it tend to... Read More
Speaking Up to be Heard in Ministry

Speaking Up to be Heard in Ministry

As the models of leadership are changing in our culture, the ability to influence people through trust and collaboration is becoming a highly sought after skill. It is sought after by employers, and it is a skill that people are valuing more and more as they decide who they will work for in paid and volunteer capacities. This model allows for collaboration and the opportunity to work with people instead of just for people. However, with this culture shift, where everyone is seen as an equal,... Read More