Developing loyalty in your staff

Developing loyalty in your staff

I was coaching a senior organizational leader recently who was working through the challenges of developing quality staff. I asked this question: “To what degree could a more pastoral approach impact your staff development?” Sometimes leaders believe they need to...
Of making many books there is no end …

Of making many books there is no end …

  Here’s something a lot of people don’t know about me. Throughout my 30+ years of ministry, I’ve poured the vast majority of the money I’ve received directly back into more resource development. I like the fact that when people coach with me, they’re not just...

Where are tomorrow’s leaders of your church?

“An organization that is not capable of perpetuating itself has failed. An organization therefore has to provide today the people who can run it tomorrow. It has to renew its human capital. It should steadily upgrade its human resources.”  — Peter...

Inside vs. outside

Reflect on your own ministry and consider what percentage of your time is devoted to inward spiritual development (inside the body) as opposed to how much time and energy is focused outside the body. Brandon Hatmaker has formed the missional communities of his church...

The value of long-term focus

I always recommend that denominational or network leaders focus at least 20% of their time on long-term capacity. That means raising up and developing leaders, coaching leaders, creating a leadership farm system. These are the activities that increase your long-term...

You never know…

We sow seeds, make investments, and sometimes (not always) we see the fruit of those efforts. I recently received an email from a man with some of that fruit to share. He wrote that he was a church planter who had just celebrated the one-year-anniversary of his...

Trust the bike

Novice mountain bikers grab the handle bars tightly. They believe it will give them more control over the bike. What it actually gives them is a rough ride—there’s no room for the bounce. A looser grip on the handle bars allows room for the bike to bounce without...