4 reminders when you’ve blown it as a leader

I’m in the process right now of setting up the annual learning trip for our church’s leadership team. We plop down in a city for a few days and discuss the best practices of several churches.

This year, I had two churches that I had relationships with and lined them up right away. However, as I’ve been looking for a third church to meet with, I have run into three churches in a row that have had a senior leader resign in recent years due to a moral failure — again, all in one city!

Leaders blow it sometimes, don’t we?


2 unseen benefits of being an established church

The “established” side of the established church is often viewed with some derision. I certainly understand why.The establishment can be stodgy, stuck and stuffy. Being established, however, is what you make it.


How to select a mission partner

The requests come through different means — email, in-person, lunch meetings, over coffee, phone calls, and social media. The asks all differ slightly, but the spirit of most of them is the same: Will you support my ministry?


The 6 most recognized attributes of Christian leaders

They’re watching you. They’re noticing you. They’re evaluating you. They’re mirroring you. Who are they? They are the people you’re leading.


Listening when you can’t possibly hear everyone

If you’re like me, you want your voice heard — even at the top levels of leadership. I may not be able to have lunch with the President of the United States, but I do want to feel like he’s listening to me. I don’t believe it’s an unreasonable expectation of followers to want their voices heard by top leaders.


7 deadly sins of being “unintentional” with your facilities

If you have read my blog for long or follow me on social media, you know that I have 100% embraced the word (and its meaning) INTENTIONAL. We call our initial visioning session the “Intentional Workshop.” We have developed the “Intentional Church Series” manual, and I use the hashtag #intentional with most of my posts.

I believe in being intentional … deliberate … on purpose.


Don’t say it! 4 phrases church leaders really need to get rid of

Do you have the disease that’s going around offices, schools and teams these days? It’s really contagious and can be disastrous. It’s called “foot-in-mouth disease.”


How to get along with your worship leader (It’s not as hard as you think)

There are certain ministry roles have more conflict between them than others. Senior Pastors and Youth Pastors, Church Administrators and Youth Ministers, for example. There is also sometimes significant tension between the Worship Leader and the one preaching Sunday. This is obviously not the case in every church, but it is in many churches.


12th Annual XP-Seminar / Dallas, Texas / February 17-18, 2016

12th Annual XP-Seminar Dallas, Texas February 17-18, 2016 Featuring Mel McGowan From the Magic Kingdom: Lessons Learned from Disney Dr. Paul Utnage — Survival Skills for Managing Moral Failures Bruce Woody AIA — Golden Buildings Senior Pastor Jon Platek — The New Guy in Town Senior Pastor Mike Erre — The Constant of Change David […]


ChMS Forum: Volunteering for the 21st Century

No one wants to volunteer in your church.

Scary thought, isn’t it?