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As we celebrate our independence in the US today, I’ve found myself thinking of the opposite: dependence. Although independence-- the ability to go it alone and not have to rely on anyone other than yourself-- is what’s valued in my own culture, the humble recognition...read more
Diversity is a popular word as of late. Diversity is important, because often what most changes the heart is engagement with people who are different than ourselves. But what do I see in many churches? ... ... People who don’t like those who are different from...read more
I often find it’s easier to help people get connected to a relationship with God when they’re already focused on and connected with people than it is to get people who are focused on correct doctrine to develop a relationship with God that is lived out through...read more
I attended an Easter service this year where the pastor implied that it didn’t really matter whether Jesus actually rose from the dead or not—it was the concept of resurrection that was the important thing. As someone who believes in a literal resurrection, I would...read more
What is the relationship of discipleship to leadership? Consider someone who desires to become a Christian leader. He may have solid theological knowledge and know how to communicate it in a compelling way. He may have good interpersonal skills and provide sound...read more
For optimal effectiveness in accomplishing your goals, set aside time for a regular planning rhythm. Yes, it takes time, but in the long-run it saves you time by maximizing your results. It's counter-intuitive, but the more you have to do the more necessary it is to...read more
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