When seeing is the first step

When seeing is the first step

Sometimes when you’re coaching someone and seeking to develop them in their leadership, they run up against some kind of blockage. If you probe a little further into their background, you might find the roots of the blockage. What have they experienced in ministry?...
Scanning the horizon for what’s changing

Scanning the horizon for what’s changing

I happened to be talking with a friend of mine who owns a bike store. He told me that historically, Thanksgiving through Christmas was a major busy season. He barely had time to ride—it was crunch time for taking orders and assembling bikes. Now it’s different. It...
A discipleship assessment retreat

A discipleship assessment retreat

When we were in the beta testing phase of our discipleship assessment instrument, Tad Blackburn, pastor with The Vineyard Church, decided to try out the assessment in a retreat setting. He shares here from his experience:    When we started with the discipleship...
Christmas shopping? Consider Becoming Barnabas

Christmas shopping? Consider Becoming Barnabas

If so, check out my latest book: Becoming Barnabas. This would make a great Christmas present. Becoming Barnabas is a book designed for ordinary people– short and eminently readable– that drills down in practical ways on communication skills in the church...
Mile Wide, Inch Deep

Mile Wide, Inch Deep

Mile Wide, Inch Deep is the great title of the latest book by Dave Jacobs. In its pages, he outlines practical, doable steps that pastors can take that will result in real changes in their lives and ministries. It is possible to have margin in your life, even if you...