Category: Leadership

Top 10 Books I Recently Read that have Impacted My Life

I didn’t grow up a reader. I would have much rather spent my time outside throwing a football or playing basketball. Even to this day, reading doesn’t come easy. I still have to force myself to make time for reading. It’s funny though, because after I finish a book I never think, “Well that was […]

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10 FREE Tools I Use to Get Stuff Done

I’ve heard it said that a carpenter is only as good as his tools. I guess who ever said that never saw me try to hang crown molding! Needless to say, having the right tools is essential to great productivity. In today’s online world, there are thousands of tools available to help you stay on track, […]

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10 Creative Ways to Refuel Volunteers

Appreciation goes a long way. It's like gas in the tank. Every time a volunteers serves, he/she is spending time and energy. They're burning fuel. It's your job as the leader to make sure you refuel your volunteers.  Easier said than done right? Every person recieves appreciation differently. Some people prefer a tangible gift and others respond better to a […]

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5 Meetings Every Team MUST Have

  Meetings. You may love them or you may hate them, but they are necessary to the health of an organization. They can be the most productive time of your week or the biggest waste of time. So what's the difference?     You.     If you lead a team, believe it or not, […]

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The Difference between Faith and Risk

Faith and Risk Before I share the differences between faith and risk, let me share what they have in common.  Faith and risk are both scary. Have you ever done something risky? I’m not talking about drinking milk that expired yesterday. I’m talking about something that pushes the edge of sanity. Something that if you succeed […]

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Church Planting, the Gospel, and Relationships

  Church planting is relational because the gospel is relational. When Jesus commissioned the disciples to “go and make disciples,” it was understood this would take place within the scope of relationships. Think about it. You can’t share the gospel with a person unless you meet them, love them, and/or communicate with them. Relationships are […]

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Punch Fear in the Face

I was having lunch with a couple of friends the other day, and they were sharing with me about their own feelings of inadequacy in church leadership.  What’s funny is, I was thinking the exact same thing about myself!!  We shared with one another thoughts we were having like: “I’m not sure I have what […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Recruiting

Let’s face it.  We all need volunteers.  If it weren’t for volunteers in our churches guests wouldn’t be greeted, kids wouldn’t be taught, and coffee wouldn’t be served. Overall, things wouldn’t get done. We really need volunteers.  Here’s the thing all leaders must keep in mind: People don’t volunteer because there is a need.  People volunteer because they want […]

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Let Your Volunteers Go

When I married Erin, one of our vows was, “Till death do us part.”  That’s great for your marriage, but bad for your volunteers. In ministry, we spend hours recruiting new volunteers, training those volunteers, and creating environments where those volunteers can use their spiritual gifts.  There’s a lot of time, energy, and resources poured […]

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4 Things You NEED to Know about Volunteers

When I began pastoring my first church in 2011, I had very little experience in leading a church.  Actually, I had none. However, I was excited!  I was excited about being able to minister to people. I was excited about being able to preach God’s Word. I had dreams. Dreams of changing the world. Dreams […]

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