Listening to build trust

Listening to build trust

Listening to build trust: In ministry, we are inevitably dealing with people that have differences: different perspectives, different priorities, different directions. The default for most of us is to convince people of the rightness of our view. We get into a...
In leading turnaround, start small

In leading turnaround, start small

I’ve been coaching the new pastor of an old church. He’s very sharp and knows what needs to be done to bring about renewal and positive change. The question is not about the “what” but the “how,” and that’s what we’ve been working on. One thing he’s been doing is...
7 Most Important Questions when Leading Change

7 Most Important Questions when Leading Change

As you consider leading change, here are the seven most important questions you need to be asking. Take some time to sit down with a pen and paper and reflect on these questions as they pertain to a particular change you are looking at making. How will you free up...
How to lead a new initiative across an existing system

How to lead a new initiative across an existing system

Do you want to do something big across a network of churches or ministries? Leading change across an already established system can be challenging. That’s true no matter how beneficial what you’re offering may be. So how can you best implement something new across an...
Increasing the span of care

Increasing the span of care

Note: This blog entry is an excerpt from the first draft of The Leadership Difference, which I expect to publish later this year. As your organization grows, you’ll see an increased need for structure. What just seemed to work organically before no longer works...