2 is Better Than 1

We’re about to finish our fourth year of ministry since planting Redemption Gateway. Through that time, we’ve had many different volunteer leaders in a variety of roles. Through it all, we’ve learned a valuable lesson: When it comes to volunteer leaders, 2 is better than 1. It’s better to have two volunteers lead the teamContinue reading “2 is Better Than 1”

Who Is Really To Blame for the 80/20 Rule?

Most churches experience the 80/20 rule when it comes to volunteering: 80% (or more) of the work is done by 20% of the people. This frustrates leaders and leads to burning out volunteers. It also creates animosity in the faithful 20% towards the other 80% who “need to get off their butts and help usContinue reading “Who Is Really To Blame for the 80/20 Rule?”

One of the Best (But Rarely Used) Ways to Train Leaders

There are lots of ways to develop and shape future leaders. One of my favorites is to use ministry case studies. It’s one thing to study Scripture and talk ideally about how it might apply. It’s another to be placed in a ministry situation and determine what you’d actually do. Case studies can be madeContinue reading “One of the Best (But Rarely Used) Ways to Train Leaders”

You’re Never as Good as You Think and You’re Never as Bad as You Think

I’m doing a series of posts on sentences that have changed my life (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). Here’s another: You’re never as good as you think and you’re never as bad as you think. This sentence may strike you as odd, especially in light of the last one (“I am far more sinful andContinue reading “You’re Never as Good as You Think and You’re Never as Bad as You Think”

Preaching is the Hostile Takeover of the Heart

I’m doing a series of posts on the sentences that have changed my life (part 1, part 2). Here’s another: Preaching is the hostile takeover of the heart by the Spirit of God through the Word of God. I’ve been in lots of conversations with young leaders and aspiring preachers who have asked, “What isContinue reading “Preaching is the Hostile Takeover of the Heart”

The Beginner’s Guide to Visiting Someone in the Hospital

Visiting someone in the hospital is an important assignment of any ministry leader. It’s an opportunity to care for somebody in a moment of crisis. Thus, it will have a huge impact–whether good or bad. One of my most embarrassing moments early in ministry was taking a group of the young men I was disciplingContinue reading “The Beginner’s Guide to Visiting Someone in the Hospital”

The Secret to Asking Great Questions

Earlier this summer, one of the leaders I’m developing said, “You seem to ask really insightful questions. How do you do it?” Perhaps some of this is easier for me because I am curious by nature and can think on my feet fairly well, but you can learn to ask great questions. Here’s the secret:Continue reading “The Secret to Asking Great Questions”

7 Lessons from Sticky Church by Larry Osborne

Now is the time of year that churches all over North America are ramping up for a key season of ministry. At Redemption, we’re working hard to help people connect into our key environments of growth. A valuable resource for us in designing our approach to ministry was Sticky Church by Larry Osborne. Perhaps itContinue reading “7 Lessons from Sticky Church by Larry Osborne”

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”