Putting out the fires of hell with a squirt gun

Putting out the fires of hell with a squirt gun

I once coached a planter who could inspire a group of people to do almost anything. He was an amazing communicator and motivator. I often chuckled that he could preach a message inspiring people to go put out the fires of hell with squirt guns and they’d be ready and...
Shark Tank for ministry leaders

Shark Tank for ministry leaders

  Have you ever watched the show Shark Tank? It’s about aspiring entrepreneurs making a pitch to successful start-up leaders: “Here’s my product or concept, here’s my business plan, now will you become an investor or strategic partner?” What I particularly enjoy...
The importance of diverse teams in church leadership

The importance of diverse teams in church leadership

I read an article recently in the Harvard Business Review, one of my favorite sources for leadership tips outside of a Christian context. The article is called Why Diverse Teams are Smarter. It makes good use of research to establish why teams that involve people from...
2 Practices for Building Team Resilience

2 Practices for Building Team Resilience

Resilience has long been known as an important quality in leaders, particularly ministry leaders and church planters. But it’s not just you as an individual leader that needs to be resilient; it’s your whole team. The time you spend building team resilience is time...
Define the What; Release the How

Define the What; Release the How

I ran across a great blog entry recently from Carey Nieuwhof. I highly recommend reading the post by Jenni Catron; you can find it here. One phrase in particular that stood out to me was “Define the What; Release the How.” Define the What; Release the How.  The...
A simple, successful ministry flow outline

A simple, successful ministry flow outline

Recently I was trying to think through the most simple way to represent what happens in successful ministry. What is the fewest number of things that need to happen for the basic ministry process to be complete? Here’s are the seven elements I have so far: Living and...