The Power of a Dynamic Team

The Power of a Dynamic Team

I have a lot of things I love about ministry. I love being a communicator. I love to write and speak, giving people tools to do what God has created them to do in new ways. I love to design new concepts, policies, and procedures. I truly believe policies protect people and thus are a direct reflection of how much we love and consider them. I love to mentor people and develop relationships that allow me to share things that I’ve learned over the years. Even with all of these, and there are... Read More
Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses of Volunteers 

Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses of Volunteers 

I cannot quite picture the exact scene, but I definitely remember the rush of emotions. I will never forget what it felt like to see my family’s response to my report card results. For the most part, they were filled with stellar grades and kind remarks. Occasionally though, there were a few indicators accompanied by brief comments about my bad conduct. (I was a clown.) Fortunately, the good grades outweighed the bad conduct and the joyous memories of being a great student will forever remain... Read More
How Are You . . . Really?

How Are You . . . Really?

Volunteers! I love these people. Just the thought of them conjures up so many wonderful emotions. I’ve served alongside some of the best volunteers in the country. Some true rock stars! I hope and pray you are doing the same. In fact, if you have a volunteer team at all, you are. But, isn’t it true from time to time we get busy in the day-to-day of ministry and often start to make assumptions about our volunteers? I do that. I often find myself working on curriculum prep, summer events coming... Read More
What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

Honest moment: I hate difficult conversations! Difficult conversations keep me awake at night, make me second guess my leadership, make me worry about the person for days to follow, and push me into countless conversations with mentors about whether I’m doing the right thing. This is one part of leadership that if I never had to do again, it would be too soon. However, I recognize that those wishes are not only unrealistic but unhealthy. Loving leaders have hard conversations as we are... Read More
The Ingredient Every Fractured Team Possesses

The Ingredient Every Fractured Team Possesses

If you have been around ministry and leadership for any length of time, you know that teamwork is at the core of all success. A successful team is built with a group of people that work together to realize a common goal. While the goal and the strategy might be different, the concept of people working together is always a constant. The challenge comes in when everyone on the team is doing their part, whether leading a department or project, and that department or project becomes their sole... Read More