Conflict Management From The Senior Leader Perspective

Conflict Management From The Senior Leader Perspective

By the sole fact that you are taking time to read this article, in an attempt to make yourself a better leader, it shows that you understand how extremely tough our jobs are. Most people, including our mommas, don’t really know what we do on a daily basis. I’ve said innumerable times that the 12+ years I’ve been in full-time ministry have been way tougher than the 10+ years I worked in corporate America. Before I move forward, I want to pause to extend my gratitude for all the work you do for... Read More
Changing Before You Have To

Changing Before You Have To

Change—it’s as common as the cold, as unpredictable as the weather and as painful as a toothache. And if we’re at all honest with ourselves, we don’t typically enjoy it. After a 30-second search on the word change, the quick discovery is that there isn’t a shortage of clever, witty and downright quippy quotes associated with it. Quotes like: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Or, “Every new day is a chance to change your life.” Or, “Nothing endures but change.” Now don’t get me wrong, all... Read More
Responding When Tragedy Strikes

Responding When Tragedy Strikes

As leaders, we make lots of decisions. While some are truly difficult and have the potential to impact our overall direction, many decisions could possibly be made by two, three or four other highly qualified people in your organization. As a mentor once told me, my challenge as a leader is to know which decisions only I should be making. That seemingly simple statement has stuck in my head for years. Each day as I lead my team and our church, I hear that question rolling around in my head... Read More
Conflict Resolution And The Effective Leader

Conflict Resolution And The Effective Leader

As you start reading this, I need to ask a favor. Yeah, it’s kind of brash, so let me say “Thanks” on the front end. I promise it’s not difficult. Here’s what I’d like to ask. Tune out whatever else you’re doing and think back to your first job. Not that one . . . I mean your first “real” job. You know the one, the one you spent countless hours rewording your resume for so your experiences from working entry level positions looked really impressive. Can you remember it?... Read More
Is Your Church Inward Focused Or Outward Focused?

Is Your Church Inward Focused Or Outward Focused?

Threading a teeny tiny needle. Folding a fitted sheet. Painting the trim in your bathroom without painter’s tape. When you think about these three pretty random tasks, can you think of anything they might even remotely have in common? Personally, I’ve broken a serious sweat tackling these joyous chores lately, and let me tell you, the common thread is focus. With all of these, it took every ounce of focus I could muster to thread it, fold it and paint it! Webster’s Dictionary defines focus... Read More