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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
I’ve been blogging for more than eight years.
Can churches grow in the summer? Of course they can.
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 […]
The job will get done better and more consistently if those on the staff like each other.