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How to decide? Often in ministry and in life, we are faced with choices between two—or more—good options, but we don’t have the time, energy or money to do all of them. We have to choose. It’s especially difficult to choose when both options seem quite good. A friend...read more
Today's entry is by guest blogger Dr. Charles R. Ridley. I quaked. Whenever I neared her classroom, fear and trepidation besieged me. My reaction was autonomic, full of annoying emotions I could not control. Whenever she called on another student, I breathed a deep...read more
The most effective teams work well in three different modes: they pray, play, and plan. Pray. Spend time praying and worshipping together. Doing so puts relationships on a spiritual plane rather than a merely human one. Praying together builds closeness and helps...read more
You know what’s a very simple action to take that will dramatically improve your team dynamic? Asking each other for counsel and advice. Starting by setting an example, encourage networking on your team. Ask for feedback, advice, and ideas from others about your...read more
The most effective and productive teams take time to celebrate together. If you’re a visionary leader, it can be easy to see a victory then move on almost immediately to the next project or next challenge. Yet for your team, taking that tack can be both exhausting and...read more
Good teams take time to build. Do you want good, solid team relationships in your ministry? Building an outstanding team requires a considerable investment of time and energy, but it's well worth it. One thing you can proactively do is take time to be together...read more
I wanted to let you all know about a new book by Dino Senesi that has recently come out. Underscoring the importance of coaching for church planters, Sending Well strives to answer the question, “How can we consistently deliver great church planter coaching to every...read more
Screening and interviewing prospective staff for hire in your ministry is a big responsibility. You want to make the very best choice possible. So what kind of a procedure can you use? Below I outline the 10-step screening and interviewing process I recommend....read more
Finding the balance isn't always easy. Healthy teams know how to have fun together as well as getting the job done. They take time to pray together and play together, but also make sure the task gets done. Achieving that balance requires compatibility over the long...read more
When you’re developing new approaches to ministry, you can’t predict the way it’s going to go -- you have to be prepared for some ambiguity and change along the way. You and your team need to be flexible and adaptable because the unexpected does happen. You can’t...read more
Everyone says they would like open and constructive communication on their ministry teams. What can you do to model such communication? Here are three qualities you can aim for and live out with others on your team: Be receptive to evaluation. Are you willing to have...read more
What is at the core of an effective team? There are a lot of hard knocks in ministry. To help cushion some of those blows and give everyone the energy to keep moving forward, the team you’re a part of needs to provide a supportive and encouraging environment. Three...read more