The Difference Between Church and Business Leadership

The Difference Between Church and Business Leadership

I’d bet that you’re reading this blog because you want to learn. And that goes a long way.  In fact, the desire to learn is a founding function of a growth mindset. A person with a growth mindset sees setbacks as challenges, expects to struggle along the way to success, and—above all—knows well that they don’t know everything. If we’re going to continue to grow the Church (with a capital C), we must be willing to learn what we can from our fellow church leaders and beyond. So today, we’re... Read More
5 Ways You Can Influence Your Church’s Staff Culture

5 Ways You Can Influence Your Church’s Staff Culture

Most effective church leaders know that creating a healthy culture is important. Most of their efforts, though, are usually focused on the congregation.  But what about the culture of the church staff? That’s important, too, right? Absolutely.  Loyal staff members are the people who make the church tick. They’re the ones who make all the behind-the-scenes magic happen—the stuff very few people in the congregation ever see.  So what are some ways you can stay on top of your staff culture,... Read More
The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

Everyone is talking about the progress they’re making on their New Year’s resolutions. And here you are—in the middle of your ministry year, just holding on for dear life. It’s the start of a new year, but you may already feel exhausted, frustrated, discouraged, and burned out. If you’re not feeling these yet, you will at some point in your ministry career. These are the challenges I’m hearing over and over from church leaders. Too many tasks on the list. Too few workers to... Read More
A Joyful Christmas

A Joyful Christmas

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. – Luke 2:10-11 There are a handful of passages in the Bible that speak to the Christmas story. Isaiah’s prophecies are rich, powerful, and moving. His words, along with the words of other prophets, give insight to the beautiful story of redemption God was writing. Matthew’s writing highlights... Read More
Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More