A Kindness Manifesto For Leading Ministry Teams Well

A Kindness Manifesto For Leading Ministry Teams Well

It was late in the evening at a conference, and a group had gathered to talk about everything they had learned during the day. There were sessions on fundraising and marketing, sessions on launching ministries and on defining metrics for their success. And there was a lot of discussion in workshops and seminars about caring for volunteers. “They are your lifeblood. Serve them well. Treat them like gold.” “Sometimes, I wish I was still a volunteer,” quietly mentioned one person in the group. “I... Read More
Build A Better Tuesday Morning

Build A Better Tuesday Morning

A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet. A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .” What followed “the. . . .” was whatever needed to be debriefed. At the church where I worked, the weekend service was always on the agenda. The discussion that would follow resembled surgery, as each... Read More
Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

Remember, what you’re doing now matters more than it feels like it does. That’s why this week and every week is really important. ~Reggie Joiner I still remember the moment like it was yesterday. We drove along the rutted orange clay roads that led to a small village in eastern Uganda. It was Sunday morning and I was there to help document the work of Arise Africa – an organization that provides support to pastors and vulnerable children. We could hear the music as we... Read More
True Rest May Look Differently Than You Think

True Rest May Look Differently Than You Think

I sat tucked away in the corner of a church and listened to the pastor confess to his congregation, “I might need to take some time away because I’m just exhausted. I’ve not rested in years.” Those listening to his words cocked their heads in curiosity. The pastor always took yearly vacations, and his passion for the outdoors found him often enjoying God’s creation. His schedule was protected to provide him plenty of time to study and write—even staff requests... Read More
Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

Leading When Leadership Stops Leading Well

The season was a challenging one for the church known for its innovative ideas and laid-back, “nobody’s perfect and everybody’s welcome” approach to sharing the gospel. Attendance was on the decline, and ideas to engage the congregation which looked solid on white boards were floundering in real life. Senior leadership grew distant from the rest of the staff, and concerns mounted when it was announced that the church was going in a “new direction” that seemed counter to its original vision.... Read More