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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What Avocados Teach Us About Leadership

Some time ago, I spent some time with a long-time mentor. I was describing some leadership issues and asked for his advice. He cited a Latino farming proverb. I won’t try to say it in Spanish; I’ll just offer its meaning: “The avocados sort themselves out in the walking.” (Or, something like that.) I don’t […]

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So, You Want to Start a Blog?

I’ve been blogging for more than eight years.

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Don’t Surrender the Summer

Can churches grow in the summer? Of course they can.

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Five staffing mistakes to avoid

By Tim Spivey “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 week. Collins is one of my favorite…OK, my favorite, author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his team has done over the […]

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Hire people you like

The job will get done better and more consistently if those on the staff like each other.

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How to keep from running a deficit in your church

So, how’s your church budget doing this year? It’s March now, which means it’s also a good time to look at church finances.

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5 skills of mentally prepared pastors – Part 2

In the last post I introduced the subject of mental preparation for ministry and offered three skills of those well prepared mentally for ministry

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5 skills of mentally prepared pastors – Part 1

We focus rightly on spiritual preparation for ministry.

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