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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
Great teams absolutely require complementary strengths. They’re not productive if everyone is alike: you’ll get the same great strengths coupled with the same weaknesses. Like a good marriage, you need enough differences to give you the right kind of chemistry and...read more
Everyone knows that the core of a congregation must hold to common values to be successful in moving forward toward accomplishing their unique vision. But what about ministry teams? Certainly they should be on board with the general values of the church, but to work...read more
We’ve all seen examples of what’s commonly known as “the silo effect:” The music ministry thinking only about their productions without reference to how that connects to the overall ministry of the church. The youth pastor deciding that the main goals are more kids...read more
As you may have heard, at Logan Leadership we’re rereleasing Finding the Flow: A Guide for Leading Small Groups and Gatherings by Tara Miller and Jenn Peppers. Want to see what a few others have thought about the book? Check out these reviews… paying special attention...read more
I’m not sure if I have coined this term or not—likely someone else has thought of it before me—but when I used it recently in a coaching conversation, the woman I was coaching knew exactly what I meant by it. When you have a big, overwhelming project, take it and...read more
A man I know pastors two congregations: one in a rural area and another in a small town. As he was talking with his coach about how to get effective discipleship processes in place in both contexts, he pieced together some principles that could be helpful to many...read more
by guest blogger Jenn Peppers, coauthor of Finding The Flow When Finding the Flow was written in 2008, Tara Miller and I hoped to bring some of the coaching principles I was practicing as a life coach into the transformational space of community groups. Nearly 10...read more
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7 It’s so easy to focus on the negative… it’s where...read more
Many of you know I’ve worked for years alongside with my writer, Tara Miller. She is the reason—for better or worse—that I’m as prolific as I am in my written works. For a few years, she left to work as a small groups pastor at a church. When she came back—and I’m...read more