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

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

Eight Habits of Jesus

Jesus had habits. Good, small habits each day help bring about being the person you want to become. Spend your days well and your life will take care of itself. That’s the power of habit. One book I’ve read that has … Continued

12 Easily Fixable Sermon Pitfalls

I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of the old joke about the preacher who only works one hour a week? If you’re serving in ministry or involved heavily in the life of the church, you know just about how much … Continued

Confidence To Raise Money For Your Ministry

If the only thing standing between you and the vision is money, then go out and raise some. I heard this quote the same day I read the story of Jesus, the temple tax, and the fish.  It all came … Continued

Five Steps Church Leaders Need To Make The Complex Simple

A person with any ability can take something simple and make it complex. A real gift is taking something complex and making it simple. It’s the job of pastors and ministry leaders to help make things as simple as possible … Continued

Home and Ministry are Friends not Enemies

“Remember, the best thing you can do for your ministry is build a godly family; and the best thing you can do for your family is build a ministry that glorifies God. Home and ministry are friends, not enemies; and … Continued

Leaders Focus On The Future

“The truth is that focusing on the future sets leaders apart.” Kouzes & Posner   Leaders are custodians of the future. They think about what is next. They spend time wondering how the world will look after today or after … Continued

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