THE CE INTERVIEW: Mark Mellen

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Mark Mellen was 26 years old and a homeless drug addict when God called him out of misery into a life of purpose. After finishing college with a degree in finance, he went to Bethel Seminary and graduated with a master’s of arts in theological studies.

The best learnings, however, came from ministry experiences and mentorship from church leaders who, Mellen says, “took a shot on me.”

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Settling the annual review debate

In HR and management circles, there is a raging debate over whether or not to do annual reviews.

staffmanagementAll of Christ Community Church’s 120-plus employees are currently at the end of our fiscal year annual review season. Between now and June 30, each employee will receive a year-end review that takes place once a year at this time. It is a very systematic and organized process.

So, you can guess from our process that I am a believer in annual reviews. Well, I am — but you might be surprised at my answer to the annual review debate. Should an organization, business or church conduct annual reviews?

My answer is a resounding “maybe”. Let me explain.

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The difference between commentary and leadership

Both commentary and leadership are needed. Sometimes they overlap — a commentator may also be a leader. But here is how they are different.

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How a healthy church can spiral — quickly — into dysfunction

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Churches are more like organisms than they are organizations. Like an organism, when church health declines, it typically does so slowly. But there are cases when an otherwise healthy person experiences a sudden deterioration. Healthy churches can also experience a sharp decline in health. There are cases of healthy churches quickly becoming dysfunctional. Below are five ways I’ve seen churches spiral downward quickly, almost overnight.

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Top 5 necessary leadership skills

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Every leader has different skills that make that leader unique. However, at the core of every leader — a coach, a parent, a boss and a project manager — are at least 10 necessary foundational skills needed to thrive.

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What makes a leader a Christian leader?

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As a big fan of Major League Baseball and Christianity, I like to keep my ears open to hearing of Christian ballplayers. It’s not that their statistics are going to be any different or that they run faster or slower. I watch them to see how they live.

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The tension between technology and faith

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We wanted to dig more into the connection between faith, relevance and technology. So, we put together a short three-question study. We then administered this study to some of the 2,500 attendees of the Nazarene M15 Conference, held in Kansas City, MO, in February.

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4 leadership lessons from March Madness

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It’s here — the bracket of glory, or the bracket of destruction. While we’re watching the games and reviewing our brackets, there are a few leadership lessons to learn from all the madness.

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Can you hear me now? 6 communication lessons learned

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“Listening” online can be similar and yet very different from audible conversations. For years, we have been told that we need to listen twice as much as we talk since God gave us two ears and only one mouth. I have trained many consultants in the art of listening with their ears and eyes. Non-verbal communication is generally an even more telling indicator of emotion. That is why face-to-face communication is generally more productive than any other kind.

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The top 5 traits of absurdly great leaders

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If you feel you’re missing the mark, you’re not alone. If you feel like you’re just an absurd leader instead of an absurdly great leader, you’re not alone. These are high marks. However, if you make these your top priorities in leadership, you will find that you will soon be the best of the best in leadership. You will discover that you are an absurdly great leader in the season ahead.

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