9 Proven Ways To Get A New Idea

New ideas are great.  They are the seed to possibilities.  If you have 50 new thoughts or ideas this year and say, only 12 of them come together and pan out to something – that’s one amazing possibility a month! So, begin practicing getting new ideas!  Here are nine proven ways to get started: 1) Assessment of your life … Read more

Seven Important Reminders About Vision

Vision is discovered, not invented. The best way to discover the vision for your ministry or organization is to spend time with Jesus, in His Word.  From there, you will be drawn into God’s dream which is always more perfect than we can imagine. Seeking the vision requires these things: 1. Seeking Vision Requires: Confidence … Read more

One Great Characteristic of a Healthy Team

Here’s one characteristic of a healthy team – whether it’s your church staff, your family, your volunteer worship band, your co-workers or any other team you are part of…. Laughter. Laughter is a by-product of joy, connection and friendship.  It’s a result of having time for stories, memories and personal connections.  Laughter is a result … Read more

Be Happy With Less: Apply the Amazing Virtue of Thrift

Financial hardships can bring extra stress in life. But financial freedom doesn’t bring enduring happiness either. How do we live so that the amount of money we have doesn’t keep us from flourishing? Happiness with less isn’t just a good sentiment. It really is true that people who have less tend to have a level … Read more

Six Kind Ways To Say “No”

Are you bad at saying no?  Do you say yes too often, getting yourself stretched overwhelmingly thin? I have finished reading Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, a book I highly recommend to you. The author, Greg McKeown, included a very helpful “No” repertoire, which is beneficial to everyone who needs to say “no” more often.  If … Read more

Six Ways Church Staff Team Members Can Influence The Church

Does the staff influence the church more or does the church influence the staff more? Obviously, they both happen to some degree, but this question has been on my mind.  In this post, I will focus on the ways church staff and leaders can help shape the church: 1. Through Prayer – It’s the obligation of … Read more

Maximize Your Speaking Connection With These Eight Simple Tips

Though this book is for anyone, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John Maxwell is a must for anyone who stands to speak before people on a regular basis.  As the book mentions, there are Four Unpardonable Sins of a Communicator: “being unprepared, uncommitted, uninteresting, or uncomfortable.”  Here are some of … Read more

Four Questions – Valuable Insight About Your Calling

Ministry has three levels of calling: call to faith call to minister call to ministry Every Christian is called in some way. I’ve heard the phrase “called to ministry” through books, conversations, and in messages for as long as I can remember. In Preventing Ministry Failure by Michael Todd Wilson and Brad Hoffmann, the authors … Read more

When Your Values Are Clear, Your Choices Are Easy

“When your values are clear, your choices are easy.” – Thad Allen When our values are really clear, the choices become more limited. A simple example might be our value to be honest. Because we value honesty, we don’t make the choice to cheat on our taxes, our timesheet, or other things in life. This … Read more