How Long Could You Do Ministry Without God?

This is one of the most important questions a leader can ask, and Geoff Surratt’s post about it is one of my all-time favorites. Worth reading over and over. In one part he says: Israel created an elaborate and efficient church that ran very well without God. The priests and Levites excelled at their roles, theContinue reading “How Long Could You Do Ministry Without God?”

6 Lessons from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

I recently finished reading What’s Best Next by Matt Perman, who runs a blog by the same name. The book’s subtitle is “How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done.” It’s the best book I’ve read so far this year. I have read and benefited from a number of productivity-related books (Getting Things Done,Continue reading “6 Lessons from What’s Best Next by Matt Perman”

Podcasts Worth Listening To

One of the marks of the best leaders I know is that they are eager to keep learning. One of the blessings of technology today is having so many fantastic resources so readily available (sometimes too many). I learn best by listening, so podcasts have been a God-send for my life and leadership. I thoughtContinue reading “Podcasts Worth Listening To”

Do You Really Know Who’s at Your Church? (and How to Find Out)

What’s the makeup of your church? Mostly young families? Singles? Seniors? Church people? Unchurched people? Diverse? Homogenous? How well are people getting connected? To what degree are they embracing your vision? Do they serve? Invite people? Because good pastors are shepherds who know the sheep, they typically have some idea about these things. But IContinue reading “Do You Really Know Who’s at Your Church? (and How to Find Out)”

A Simple Plan for Daddy Dates

Every good dad I know intentionally spends time with his kids. Most dads also think about how to spend good one-on-one time with each kid. But many dads I know want to do daddy dates more often, with more intentionality. They need a plan. Here’s the plan that I’ve been using with my two daughters: WeContinue reading “A Simple Plan for Daddy Dates”

How We Do Performance Reviews at Redemption Gateway

One of the most satisfying things in life is to have clarity on your job and know that you’re doing it well. Conversely, if you’re uncertain about what you’re supposed to be doing and unsure about whether you’re doing it well, it’s a sure path to a miserable job. That’s why, at Redemption Gateway, weContinue reading “How We Do Performance Reviews at Redemption Gateway”

Do You Love the People You Have Now?

The best leaders are always looking for a way to take things to the next level. That’s a good thing. Without this trait, we’d be stuck with the status quo, never pushing ourselves to improve or grow. For church planters and pastors, this often means we focus on reaching new people. We cast vision toContinue reading “Do You Love the People You Have Now?”

First Things First

Some things are more important than others. Leadership is required to filter what’s most important and keep first things first. I received this email the other day from the folks at North Point Community Church who run the Drive Conference (We took our team to Drive earlier this year for a great few days of training):Continue reading “First Things First”

What I Learned at the Global Leadership Summit, Day 2

My last post shared what I learned at Day 1 of Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. Here’s what I learned the second day: MASTERING THE SKILL OF INFLUENCE | JOSEPH GRENNY Joseph Grenny is a business leader and author. His presentation was practical and engaging. Leadership is intentional influence. We’re naive about how profound ourContinue reading “What I Learned at the Global Leadership Summit, Day 2”