3 Tips for Finding a Personal Mentor

3 Tips for Finding a Personal Mentor

If you’ve never had a personal mentor, you may not realize how much you could benefit from one. If you’ve had one in the past but not at the moment, you’re probably on the hunt. And if you currently have one, you’re already ahead of the curve and reaping the benefits. For the majority of us, mentoring is mostly informal through books, podcasts, emails and the like. The people we seek to learn from or emulate are men and women that we’ll never meet outside of a live event or book signing. Or... Read More
Identifying and Developing Leader Volunteers

Identifying and Developing Leader Volunteers

One of the mistakes most of us make early on as leaders is we simply do too much and lead too little. I can remember leading in a few different roles as a younger leader where it was me leading 30 volunteers, 40 volunteers, or 60 volunteers. In each situation I wasn’t leading leaders, I was leading volunteers. Now, the reality was that some of them were great leaders. I just didn’t lead them that way. Fortunately, somewhere along the line I learned that if I continued leading that way I would... Read More
3 Lies I Tell Myself

3 Lies I Tell Myself

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
Difficult Conversations: Asking Leaders to Step Down

Difficult Conversations: Asking Leaders to Step Down

There are basically two mindsets you can have when it comes to volunteers. One mindset is that they are serving and helping you and you are grateful for anything they can provide. The other mindset could be described using a phrase our pastor likes to say: It’s a privilege to serve. It’s not a right. It’s not a requirement. It’s not an obligation. It’s a privilege. Now, it may not feel like a privilege, but that’s a challenge for another day. The point being, we should take the mindset that... Read More
Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

My husband once volunteered for a team at a church we attended that meant he had to spend long hours at church. When big events would come up it would mean that he spent entire weekends prepping for it—weekends that took him away from his family. I remember being so angry that the leader of this team expected so much from my husband and his team but never showed up to cheer them on. While this leader was enjoying his weekend with his family, his team of unpaid volunteers were at the church... Read More