Not defining success by outcomes

Not defining success by outcomes

In many cases, the success of an endeavor is measured by whether it accomplishes the intended outcomes. And if the outcomes are something under your control, that’s a perfectly fine measurement to use. Yet I’ve found that in ministry, we often tie our success to...
Outputs vs. outcomes

Outputs vs. outcomes

One of the things I’ve learned in consulting is helping people make the shift from focusing on outputs to focusing on outcomes. What’s the difference? Outputs are related to the activity you’re doing. Outcomes are focused on the results you want to get. An example of...

Credentials for ministry leaders: make it clear

I’ve been working with a few groups on ways to revamp their credentialing or ordination process– essentially, how to prepare ministers for ministry. This week on my blog I’m reflecting on some of my general thoughts in this topic. The first thing that’s critical...

Direct results

“Direct results always come first. In the care of feeding of an organization, they play the role calories pay in the nutrition of the human body.”  — Peter Drucker One of the critical issues that we don’t recognize in church leadership is that it’s not the...

The big picture of the missional journey

As we encourage our people to engage culture, they will form missional communities. Out of those missional communities, we will develop leaders. With those leaders, we will multiply movements. These four areas together make up what I call “the missional journey.”...

The key to leadership development…

… is knowing what you’re trying to accomplish. If you want to develop leaders—and know that you’re being successful in that endeavor—you need to get more concrete and specific about what you’re aiming for. What does a leader look like? How do you know if you have one?...