The Best Way to Handle Awkward Situations

The best way to handle awkward situations is for the leader to acknowledge that it’s an awkward situation. Everybody already knows. Everybody already feels it. When the leader acknowledges the awkwardness, it doesn’t give anyone new information. But it does give them a sense of relief. And it gives the leader credibility — he orContinue reading “The Best Way to Handle Awkward Situations”

6 Critical Factors for Spiritual Growth

As a leader, how are you helping people in these six critical factors of spiritual growth? 1. Personal spiritual practices Growing Christians pursue Jesus on their own through prayer, Bible reading, serving, giving, or other spiritual practices. Resource: Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life by Donald Whitney 2. Meaningful spiritual friendships We need others toContinue reading “6 Critical Factors for Spiritual Growth”

How to Build Relationships Faster

Think about your most meaningful friendships. How did they begin? How did the relationship deepen? My guess is that it likely didn’t happen primarily through the slow accumulation of experiences but through a few memorable, intense experiences. This is relevant to ministry leaders because we are often responsible to help people forge meaningful relationships (it’s part ofContinue reading “How to Build Relationships Faster”

6 Ways to Develop Leaders

Good leaders are the engine that drive almost everything successful. Highly successful people are strong in self-leadership. Great families have dads who lead well. Healthy organizations are led by healthy leaders. Everyone engaged in ministry knows the value of strong leadership. But one of the most common questions I hear from ministry leaders is: “WhereContinue reading “6 Ways to Develop Leaders”

The Radical Grace of God in the Gospel

Check out this incredible chart from Steve Childers and the GCA Church planting manual. If this don’t light your fire, your wood’s all wet! The Radical Grace of God in the Gospel: The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person [table id=1 /] Download a PDF of the chart here or a great article by Childers onContinue reading “The Radical Grace of God in the Gospel”

Trump

FOCUS ON PEOPLE trumps FOCUS ON TASKS WHAT YOU KNOW trumps WHAT YOU FEEL STEADY OBEDIENCE trumps FLASHES OF GREATNESS THOUGHTFUL SYSTEMS trump HOPING IT TURNS OUT WELL LOVING YOUR FAMILY trumps LOVING THE MINISTRY TRAINING LEADERS trumps RECRUITING LEADERS SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE trumps CLEVERNESS DENYING YOURSELF trumps FORFEITING YOUR SOUL LEADERSHIP trumps BLAMING FOLLOWERS GIVING trumps RECEIVING PRAYER trumps PLANNING ATTITUDE trumps ABILITY CALLING trumps POTENTIAL NEWS trumps ADVICE EXPERIENCEContinue reading “Trump”

I’m Launching A New Blog for Ministry Leaders

I’ve started a new blog, dedicated to equipping ministry leaders to be more faithful and fruitful. Thanks for stopping by! Why? I have been thinking about starting a blog for while now, and I’ve finally pulled the trigger on FaithfulAndFruitful.com. Here’s why: To further develop my writing. Through recently filling out a questionnaire with our staff,Continue reading “I’m Launching A New Blog for Ministry Leaders”

The Primary Job of a Ministry Leader

There are many ways that ministry leaders can invest their time. What’s most important? God gave leaders to the church (Eph 4:11) for one primary reason: To equip. Ephesians 4:12 tells us that leaders are to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” The rest of theContinue reading “The Primary Job of a Ministry Leader”

The Obvious Secret to Christian Leadership

Here it is: Without a vibrant relationship with Jesus, you can’t lead others to Jesus. It’s so obvious that it feels stupid to even write. But it’s something I have to remind myself and our team of constantly. It’s so easy to do ministry for Jesus without doing it with Jesus. It’s common for leadersContinue reading “The Obvious Secret to Christian Leadership”