3 Lies Ministry Leaders Tell Themselves

3 Lies Ministry Leaders Tell Themselves

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
3 Ways to Empower Your Group to Lead

3 Ways to Empower Your Group to Lead

Regardless of how you minister to others, whether you’re on church staff or you volunteer in the kindergarten room, you’re probably in a small group of adults. You may even lead a small group of adults. If you are, this is for you. People often come to small groups with a consumer mentality. They are looking for relationships, teaching, social opportunities, spiritual formation, therapy, or a connection. But a small group isn’t a commodity to be consumed; it’s a community to be formed. We... Read More
Are You Becoming the Leader Your Team Needs?

Are You Becoming the Leader Your Team Needs?

For many of us in ministry, summer is a welcome break, a time to take a breath, shore up standards, and try new things. Programming is a little less rigid, and that’s a good thing because volunteers tend to be sparse this time of year. Summer is also a great time to evaluate your current leadership development model and see where your ministry is coming up short. If you want fall to be a strategic season of growth, you’re going to need a plan to RAISE up additional leaders to help you manage... Read More
Developing the Concepts for Leading Small

Developing the Concepts for Leading Small

When I got my first job as a professional Christian there were two big strangely related tensions in my life. First, and obviously, I had a brand new job in a brand new culture in a brand new “industry.” Secondly, I wanted an iPad. Let me explain. My new job was challenging. My title was Guys Groups Director for the middle school ministry at North Point Church in Atlanta, Ga. My job was to recruit and train the male small group leaders in our church. It was a very large church, so I had the... Read More
What to Do When You’re on a Dysfunctional Team

What to Do When You’re on a Dysfunctional Team

Have you ever found yourself on an unhealthy, dysfunctional team in ministry? Serve for very long, on staff or as a volunteer, and you’ll discover that your team greatly determines whether you’re going to have an energizing or wearisome experience. WHEN A TEAM DOESN’T WORK Teams can have a tricky dynamic. When everything works well, working on a team is so much fun. When things are not working well, it can make you wish you could hole up somewhere and pretend you don’t need a team to get your... Read More