shaping your leadership culture

Recently, our staff had a conversation about what it might look like if we were more aware, accepting, and welcoming of our visitors. I captured the ideas, refined them a little, and then got feedback. We wanted to make an impact beyond the staff, so after a discussion with our key leaders, we challenged everyone–staff and key leaders– to walk through the …

Leaders Worth Following

Follow a leader who: Authentically loves Jesus, not simply appearing to follow him Knows God’s calling on their life Listens to their convictions, instead of their critics Acts with confidence, not bravado Cares about people, rather than controlling them Has a plan to move forward, rather than just keeping people busy Earns trust, rather than expecting it Demonstrates integrity, rather …

HELP! I can’t do it all!

In my last post (which you can find here), I examined what I think are the fundamental elements to ministry. Ministry starts with a real need that is seen by someone who is passionate enough to meet that need. Eventually, every leader comes to a point in their ministry where he or she is seeing more need than can be …

ministry is more than motion

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” Luke 10:33 We can learn a lot about ministry–loving our neighbors–from the parable of the good Samaritan. Here’s what I’ve learned: Ministry starts with real needs. In this case, the poor man was beaten and left on the side of …

Struggling Spiritually as a Leader

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”  (Matthew 11:2-3)   Have you ever wondered, in the quiet recesses of your heart, “As a leader, is it ok for me to struggle spiritually?” YES, it’s …

Who’s power made it happen?

The Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men.” (Judges 7:4) Think about the last great accomplishment in your ministry. How sure are you that it came from God’s power and not your own? Could you prove to yourself that you were used by God? When have you crossed the line from serving out of your Spirit given …

Don’t Be The Best

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come …

Leading Leaders: how much structure do I give?

My encouragement: structure as little as possible Some people need a detailed task list, other people need to hear your dream and they will fill in the details. The discernment required here finds the balance between micromanager and invisible. Prayer and reflection about your people will give you an idea of what your leaders need. At times, it may be …

why building new things is exciting

Recently, I was working at a starbucks and I overheard a conversation between the store manager and a general contractor. What captured my attention was the passion and excitement in their voices. Their anticipation was infectious, I wanted to pull out a radial saw and help.