“In a world that has attached a strange nobility to the notion of being busy, effective leaders stand out by avoiding the ‘I’m so busy’ trap.” Scott Cochrane shares five reasons why effective leaders never talk about being busy. Have you ever applied for a ministry position and been frustrated about being rejected? Could your resume have been the problem? Having a good resumé isn’t just important in the corporate world; it’s important in the ministry world, too. Dr. Thom Rainer, who has evaluated plenty of resumes, shares nine pieces of advice for ministry resumes. “Encouragement is rooted in truth not flowery complements or lies.” Selma Wilson shares five ways… [Read More]
Leveraging creativity, having the courage to stay, and more.
“There is one common struggle every pastor seems to face. I’ve seen it in dozens of pastors. I often hear it on Mondays – even after a great Sunday. I’ve been guilty of this one – many times. It was true in church planting and in church revitalization.” What is it? Ron Edmondson shares the one common struggle every pastor faces. Critics exist in every church. Pastors and church leaders, if you’re honest, you’ve been a critic of your own church at some point or another, if not publicly, at least in your own heat. However, as a pastor or church leader, facing critics is no fun. Dr. Thom Rainer… [Read More]
If you are responsible for leading a group of people, you know how important building a team is. The people on the team form the culture and fulfill the mission you have embraced. Just as the flavor of soup changes with each ingredient, each new team member changes the collective flavor of a team. If a wrong player is added to the team, the collective culture and effectiveness of the team is harmed. For this reason, many have heralded the maxim, “Hire slowly, fire quickly.” I remember hearing the maxim and thinking it sounded cruel. The longer I have led, the more I have found it to be true. I… [Read More]
Every hire is a risk. Every time I have hired someone or have been hired, there was a risk involved. Some argue that proven track records eliminate the risk, but in reality a great history only minimizes the risk. Even when hiring someone who has a proven track record, it is hard to separate the individual’s performance from the organization’s performance. For example, we have seen great assistant coaches hired to be head coaches with dismal results. And sometimes when the coach returns to an assistant role, he is unable to reclaim the “mojo” he once had. In those cases, clearly it was the system around him at his former… [Read More]
My wife, Kaye, is an awesome teacher. And I am not just saying that because she is my wife (objective evidence: she was “teacher of the year” when we lived in Cincinnati). She is super-encouraging, creative, and passionate about helping children learn and become who they were created to be. When we started having our own kids, she took time off from teaching to stay home with our girls. But now that our kids are in school all day, she wanted to teach again. But she only wanted to teach at our kid’s school, and there were zero openings. So how do you get a job at the one place… [Read More]
The culture and direction of entire organizations, churches, ministries, and institutions is driven, in part, by whom the leader listens to. These people impact much of the leader’s decision-making, direction, and perception of reality—both challenges and opportunities. As I recently shared, wise leaders ensure they are hearing the right voices and listening to people who display humility, wisdom, and commitment. But where should the voices come from? Where should leaders look to find the people who will speak into the direction of the organization? Where should leaders find people who will influence them? As you evaluate the voices you listen to and the feedback you elicit, consider the following four… [Read More]
Pastor David is perpetually frustrated, and he is self-aware enough to know it. As his church is growing, it seems he is always overwhelmed with details, dropped balls, and urgent discussions and decisions. In response, he is about to hire another part-time staff member. He thinks, If I can just get another body on my team, surely some of this chaos will dissipate. He meets for lunch with one of his elders to “show him the plan.” The supportive elder responds with, “David, if this move will help the church and you, I am for it, but the level of frustration and chaos sounds greater than where we were six… [Read More]