Recruiting vs. developing

Recruiting vs. developing

The number one need in organizations is leaders. There always seems to be a shortage of leaders compared to the needs and opportunities that are out there. In my coaching practice, I see that the quickest way to get more leaders is simply to recruit more leaders that...
Don’t make them sit on the board

Don’t make them sit on the board

Boards are important– I know that. But consider giftedness when you’re looking at where to plug people into leadership. There are almost certainly some people in your congregation or ministry who would love to get involved in local outreach ministries that take...
Do what increases sustainability

Do what increases sustainability

Most days, we’re trying to get stuff done. But in getting stuff done, we have a choice. We can just get something off of our list or we can be selective. Which of the things on my list– if done– will make the rest of my work easier or more effective? If we...
Who should you invest in?

Who should you invest in?

There are always many people we could be developing. Every single person is made in the image of God, has something to contribute to the Kingdom, and can grow further in their development. Given that reality, how do we choose who we should be working with and...
In a hurry?

In a hurry?

Dallas Willard, who recently passed away, once gave some sage advice: “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry.”  One of my friends who knew Dallas personally shared that phrase with me and it has really been resonating. “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry.” That’s profound, and something...
Because you didn’t run fast enough

Because you didn’t run fast enough

When I was an intern, very early on in my ministry, I was frequently late for staff meeting. Eventually, my supervisor took me aside and said, “When you are late, you’re communicating that you’re the most important person in the room– and that others can wait...