Protect the Future, Not the Past

Our job as managers in creative environments is to protect new ideas from those who don’t understand that in order for greatness to emerge, there must be phases of not-so-greatness.  Protect the future, not the past. – Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.  … Continued

One Key To Selling Anything: A Relationship

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I’ve been reading The 100 Absolute Unbreakable Laws of Business by Brian Tracy. One of the laws is called the Law of Relationships. In an age where products keep getting more and more complex, consumers are taking more and more … Continued

About Men In Student Ministry Leadership

Maybe it’s because Beth Moore was in town.  But I noticed an uncanny amount of men leading the student ministry groups that attended a recent conference we hosted. A high percentage of the churches that brought students were led by … Continued

These Parenting Proverbs Help Raise Disciplined Children

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The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom. It’s surprising how one short verse after the next is still so relevant to our modern lives even though it was written hundreds of years ago. It’s a testament to the nature … Continued

10 Ways To Get Motivated

Motivation can be defined as “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” I once heard the story of a teenager who lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he told … Continued

Equip Your Student Ministry Team Leaders This Year

A new season is a great opportunity to pull your leadership team together for equipping, connection and training. I have often found that putting a date on the calendar for mid January is a perfect time for an extended meeting … Continued

One Key For A Joyful Home: Warm Farewells and Greetings

Greetings and farewells are important. It may seem easy and natural when you’re hosting a party or have company. Warm greetings may also come easier when you’re in the middle of the Christmas season or if you’re a person with … Continued

Excellence, Quality, and Good Should be Earned Words, Not Self Attributed.

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Playing ping pong at my grandpa’s house was always a big deal when I was a little kid. One tiny memory I have was during a game when I was eight or nine years old. I don’t remember the exact … Continued

Where Is Your Church In These Seven Stages?

A while back I heard a Carey Nieuwhof Podcast with Les McKeown, author of Predictable Success. His premise was that every organization goes through these steps: Early Struggle Fun Whitewater Predictable Success Treadmill The Big Rut Death Rattle I thought … Continued

Engage The Hearts and Minds Of Your Church Members (7 Steps)

Much like employees who disengage, sometimes church members quit, but forget to tell anyone. They may still show up now and then, but as far as taking on the responsibility of being a member, there just isn’t much evidence. To … Continued

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