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learnings about leadership

learnings about leadership

Just about every congregation I coach seeks to engage young adults in the life and ministry of the congregation.  So often, though, congregations sabotage their best efforts in doing so.  Listed below are 10 tips, shared by young adults, for engaging them more fully in mission and ministry. State the WHY before sharing the WHAT.

The power of less

The power of less

As I seek to “travel lighter,” I’ve become more aware of how I unnecessarily complicate my life and distract myself from “the vital few” that matter most. I’ve abandoned complex workouts, preferring to focus on just four daily exercises – walking 10,000 steps, doing pushups or bench presses, and performing crunches and lunges. The simpler

Preparing VS procrastinating

Preparing VS procrastinating

Coaching involves bringing out God’s best in people and the ministries they oversee. As leaders, we often sabotage our best intentions and fail to achieve our desired results. Three questions I often raise during coaching sessions when there has been less progress than I anticipated include: Are you living out of your commitments or your

Quotes from The New Parish

Quotes from The New Parish

Several quotes from the book, The New Parish, have captured my attention based on my work with a congregational visioning team and recent conversations with people connected our “Do What Matters” conferences. Listed below are quotes from the book that challenge my assumptions and stretch my imaginations. The parish is a dare to your faith.

13 questions to ask your volunteers

If we seek to share the ministry with people who are invested in our Christian communities, then how we invite them into ministry and position them for maximum impact is critical.  Here are 13 questions I frequently ask volunteers (partners in ministry) before and during their period of service. Questions discerning WHERE a person might

Why churches become stalled

Why churches become stalled

I frequently  hear leaders ask the following two questions: “Why aren’t we growing?” and “Why aren’t we moving forward, faster?” I think it’s fair to assume that thriving congregations should grow in a variety of ways and that congregations should be continuously moving toward God’s preferred future. Here are five traits that could be hindering

10 Ways Churches Limit Their Growth

10 Ways Churches Limit Their Growth

I believe that healthy congregations grow, if not numerically, at least in compassion, discipleship and in acts of service to their communities. Unfortunately, the potential for growth and vitality is often diminished by the following mindsets and practices: They make it hard for people to contribute by maintaining complex organizational structures, convoluted reporting systems, confusing