Avoid these 5 staffing mistakes

“The single most important thing great companies did that good companies didn’t was make superb people decisions.” That was from Jim Collins at the Catalyst West conference last year. Collins is one of my favorites — OK, my favorite — author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his team has done over the […]

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Learning from the greatest coaches

One place few pastors look for leadership wisdom is in the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have been from coaches — my […]

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Do you believe in those you’re leading?

People are led best by people who believe in them.

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10 things I’ve learned from starting a new church

I have a friend who has started a new church.

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Consistent is better than extraordinary

That’s why you’re alive. That’s what sustained you and allowed all of the other things to happen.

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My top 5 books of 2013

By Tim Spivey, lead planter of New Vintage Church (San Diego) It’s time for everyone to start putting their “lists” out there. Not everyone enjoys these posts; I do. I like reading what others found to be particularly helpful, because it helps me get to know them a bit better and to cut through some […]

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How does your church view staff?

I hate the word “staff” because it’s a rather mechanical, de-personified way to refer to those who feel called the serve the Lord and His Church in a special way. But, you know what I mean. In my experience, churches (and each individual Christian) have a view of staff — a culture — that might […]

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The perils of leadership lock-in

Leadership “lock-in” (a term I first heard from Seth Godin) is a condition in which leadership believes people are “locked in” to their product, church, political party, etc. It’s a common leadership mistake, but a deadly one that befalls most churches in decline. Perhaps they are the only viable option within their denomination or the […]

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It’s always something — and that’s OK

It’s always something. If you’re in ministry, you understand what I’m saying. If it isn’t this, it’s that. If it isn’t that, it’s that other thing. Those in ministry must learn to live with a low-grade fever of drama going on at any given time. Things are never quite perfect. If they are, they won’t […]

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Leadership lessons from overseas — why go?

This morning, I’m leaving with some other pastors for a vision trip sponsored by Compassion International. I’m sorry to say, the last time I was overseas for mission purposes was in 2001, when I spent some weeks in Kiev, Ukraine with Let’s Start Talking. I’ve been to mission points in Mexico and throughout the U.S. […]

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