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Vision and mission. Odds are, you’ve read about these two items before. Nearly every book on leadership talks about the importance of knowing your vision and mission. There’s a good reason for that: you can’t know whether you’re successful unless you know what you’re...read more
As I’ve read the Bible, one of the things I notice is that many of the people featured in its pages spend considerable amounts of time wandering around or trying to figure out what direction they should be going: Moses wandering with his people through the wilderness,...read more
As usual, I am currently working on a book. This one, tentatively titled The Leadership Difference, takes an in-depth look at the skills needed for effective leadership in a local church or ministry setting. Here’s a sneak preview: I graduated from seminary at the...read more
You know that to get anything done, you need to cast vision. But once you do, it's time to get more specific about precisely what you are trying to get done.This clarification process is best done together with your team. For example, say your church has a vision for...read more
What’s your vision for leadership? Do you want to see people becoming disciples, their lives changed, their hearts turned toward others in service and compassion? Do you want to see them becoming parts of groups and teams that multiply and reach out beyond themselves?...read more
During this series of blog entries, we’re walking through the 8 characteristics highlighted in the Leadership Effectiveness Profile. These characteristics were found through observation and research in response to the question, “What makes an effective leader?” What...read more
In a time when many people disagree about many things, most of us can agree on this: We live in a world desperately in need of restoration. We need help. We need salvation. And in Easter—life from death, the new from the old—God has promised us the renewal and...read more
“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” – Leviticus 16:34 Every year, on the 10th day of the 7th month, the Hebrews of the Old Testament participated in the Day of Atonement. The specific...read more
Communication is essential in any position of leadership. It could be argued that effective communication is the main task of a leader. Yet that communication must go two ways: the ability to speak clearly and the ability to listen well. Here we’re defining reciprocal...read more
As leaders, our main role is to empower and enable others to do the work of the ministry. As Paul writes in Ephesians 4:11-13: So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so...read more
One essential skill leaders must have is the ability to orchestrate change effectively. Change is not optional in ministry—it’s a given. Things will change: circumstances, demographics, culture. The question is how we respond to external change and how we go about...read more
During this series of blog entries, we’re walking through the 8 characteristics highlighted in the Leadership Effectiveness Profile. These characteristics were found through observation and research in response to the question, “What makes an effective leader?”...read more