What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

I love being a dad. I love the idea of walking with these kids as they discover the world. I love the opportunity to see things from such a different perspective. I even love my two boys jumping/attacking me at all hours of the day. However, what I don’t love is . . . crying! It drives me absolutely crazy. For the most part, I have to accept that it’s the only way they know how to communicate at such a young age. However, I did discover a phenomenon that greatly reduced the amount of crying at... Read More
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
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
Working Through Struggles in Your Faith Journey

Working Through Struggles in Your Faith Journey

The role of a leader can be a difficult one. It’s interesting that as we look at those in leadership positions we forget that often they are going through the exact same process we are. Almost every teacher I have ever spoken to tells me that they learn themselves as they teach others. It is a very symbiotic process. The problem comes when we as leaders struggle in that process. It is difficult for me, at times, to lead parenting seminars when I am struggling to parent my own sons with wisdom... Read More
How to Create a Social Media Policy for Your Church

How to Create a Social Media Policy for Your Church

The world is in a very interesting state right now. There definitely seems to be a lot of animosity and hostility toward people who believe or think different things. We often see this played out in social media. Just scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feeds and you will see all sorts of arguments going on. No matter what you say or like, someone can be offended and have no problem arguing different points of view.  It is really unfortunate that there are less discussions and... Read More