Seven Principles For Clear Writing

If you’re in ministry, you have to write. It’s a huge part of communicating and a great way to share vision and keep people moving forward together. One key to effective writing is to keep it simple. Here’s a list … Continued

Tweak These Phrases For Maximum Hospitality

There are two main aspects to great hospitality: Words and Actions. A smile, great eye contact, and a posture of helpfulness will get an encounter moving in the right direction. But then your words come into play. How you say … Continued

The Magic Move

One of the simplest concepts is an apology. Saying I’m sorry isn’t technically hard, but people find it difficult at times depending on the circumstance. It’s like admitting you’re wrong or needing to ask for help – it’s hard for … Continued

The Three R’s For Great Team Work

The three R’s are an important part of the recipe for great teamwork. I read this little reminder in a book called Seven Simple Steps To Unclutter Your Life by Donna Smallin. Respect For Yourself When you approach your work, your friendships … Continued

Act On It

I just noticed the other day that there is still a little bit of weather stripping coming off of the top of my car door, a 2002 Ford. It’s still dangling ever so slightly. Sometimes, just to make my daughter smile, … Continued

Four “I” Words for Team Development

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Church staff may be best described as coaches – helping the church be their best in ministry and in witness. Most every ministry role comes with the team leadership territory. One of the best ways to replicate ourselves is to … Continued

Different Ways Of Getting Your To-Do List Done

After several years of trying to be more intentional with to-do lists and productivity methods, I’ve come to realize that it seems like something works well for a while then the effectiveness seems to wear off. At which point, I’m … Continued

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

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

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