Happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Today marks 500 years since Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31st, 1517. It’s worth noting that he never intended to start a different church or denomination; his goal was to reform the existing church....
The math of delegation

The math of delegation

Delegation is an essential skill for developing your team members. Not only does it take work off your own to-do list, but it helps develop others. So why don’t more leaders do it? One significant challenge is giving up control. If you don’t do it yourself, how can...
It takes three cuts to get it right

It takes three cuts to get it right

On good communication: About 18 years ago I hired someone to help me with writing projects. One of the questions I asked at the time was, “How do you feel about taking correction and making changes?” Tara, the candidate I was interviewing, responded that she assumed...
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...