How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

How To Navigate Transitions In Ministry

Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. People in our communities move on, someone on our staff transitions out, we have to let people go, or sometimes transition is forced upon us. If we are not careful, we can easily allow our minds to spin in unhealthy directions. Many times during transition, we do not know all of the details or variables. We have to... Read More
Delegation: The Secret Sauce to Effective Leadership

Delegation: The Secret Sauce to Effective Leadership

“I don’t have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else’s lap doesn’t just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive.” -John Ortberg It should come as no surprise to anyone that the greatest and most self-aware leaders know that they can’t do it all. The ability to delegate important tasks to other people and then trust them to complete those tasks... Read More
An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

It’s Monday morning and the weekly debrief meeting is about to happen. You know the normal questions that are about to be asked. How many people showed up? How much money was given? Who was missing as a volunteer? How many guests did we have? How many views did we get on our online campus? How many likes or retweets did we get? How many people accepted Christ this weekend? These are all of the measurements that your typical staff at a church will look at week after week. These are not... Read More
Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More
How to Handle Negative Personalities on Your Team

How to Handle Negative Personalities on Your Team

Team dynamics are fascinating to me. Wholly different perceptions, personalities, experiences and ideals being thrown together and told to work in unison towards a common goal. Is it any wonder that a team accomplishes anything at all? However, if you’ve ever worked in a well-functioning machine, you know that immeasurably more can actually be accomplished in a team setting than taking on the same task solo.  So, figuring out how to overcome all those differences and work together is such an... Read More