March 2017

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We’re celebrating something that happened last month: we officially served our 200th church. Here’s what’s crazy. It took us a full six years to serve the first 100 churches, and less than two years to serve the second 100 churches. With that growth and momentum, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Some of these may seem obvious, but I’m hopeful they encourage and maybe challenge you to consider your next steps.
We’re celebrating something that happened last month: we officially served our 200th church. Here’s what’s crazy. It took us a full six years to serve the first 100 churches, and less than two years to serve the second 100 churches. With that growth and momentum, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Some of these may seem obvious, but I’m hopeful they encourage and maybe challenge you to consider your next steps.
27 Mar 2017

9 Leadership Lessons I Learned While Helping 200 Churches Get Unstuck

We’re celebrating something that happened last month: we officially served our 200th church. Here’s what’s crazy. It took us a…

Magnetic. Inspiring. Charismatic. Visionary. God-given personality gifts or problems waiting to happen? Big personalities are attractive, and bad things happen when a church is built more on the big personality of the pastor than Jesus. But actually... that's true of any personality type.
Magnetic. Inspiring. Charismatic. Visionary. God-given personality gifts or problems waiting to happen? Big personalities are attractive, and bad things happen when a church is built more on the big personality of the pastor than Jesus. But actually... that's true of any personality type.
21 Mar 2017

The Leadership Unstuck Podcast: Is That Church Built on a Big Personality or Jesus?

Magnetic. Inspiring. Charismatic. Visionary. God-given personality gifts or problems waiting to happen? Big personalities are attractive, and bad things happen…

As I sat across from this senior leader at his desk, I knew he was overwhelmed because I saw his organizational chart before I walked into his office. Every leader of every ministry in the church reported directly to him, which is not an uncommon structure for small and mid-sized churches. That can work for a season. In my experience, though, when a church grows to 1,000 or more attendance, that structure will begin to buckle. The lead pastor's span of care becomes too large.
As I sat across from this senior leader at his desk, I knew he was overwhelmed because I saw his organizational chart before I walked into his office. Every leader of every ministry in the church reported directly to him, which is not an uncommon structure for small and mid-sized churches. That can work for a season. In my experience, though, when a church grows to 1,000 or more attendance, that structure will begin to buckle. The lead pastor's span of care becomes too large.
20 Mar 2017

When Large Churches Get Stuck: Reducing the Span of Care

As I sat across from this senior leader at his desk, I knew he was overwhelmed because I saw his…

My good friend Kem Meyer recently shared the only two documents you need for your communications strategy. Whether your team has written tons of communications strategies or you have yet to write your first one, Kem shares the wisdom of committing to simplicity.
My good friend Kem Meyer recently shared the only two documents you need for your communications strategy. Whether your team has written tons of communications strategies or you have yet to write your first one, Kem shares the wisdom of committing to simplicity.
16 Mar 2017

2 Documents You Need for an Effective Communications Strategy

My good friend Kem Meyer recently shared the only two documents you need for your communications strategy. Whether your team…

Wondering how to implement a healthy leadership development strategy? I recently had Eric Geiger, who leads the resources division at Lifeway and pastors ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, TN, talk with one of my coaching networks about how churches can better develop leaders. He gave me permission to share a portion of that interview with my online readers. Here are some of the highlights.
Wondering how to implement a healthy leadership development strategy? I recently had Eric Geiger, who leads the resources division at Lifeway and pastors ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, TN, talk with one of my coaching networks about how churches can better develop leaders. He gave me permission to share a portion of that interview with my online readers. Here are some of the highlights.
15 Mar 2017

3 Key Components for Healthy Leadership Development: An Interview with Eric Geiger

Wondering how to implement a healthy leadership development strategy? I recently had Eric Geiger, who leads the resources division at…

In nearly every instance that I’ve facilitated our planning process, it’s not very long into the conversation before someone on the leadership team expresses, “We have a communication problem.” But what is presented as a “communication” problem is usually a symptom of a deeper issue.
In nearly every instance that I’ve facilitated our planning process, it’s not very long into the conversation before someone on the leadership team expresses, “We have a communication problem.” But what is presented as a “communication” problem is usually a symptom of a deeper issue.
13 Mar 2017

Your Staff Doesn’t Actually Have a Communication Problem

In nearly every instance that I’ve facilitated our planning process, it’s not very long into the conversation before someone on…

One of the biggest challenges every leader faces is how to continue developing and growing as a leader while still getting things done and moving things forward. With the ever-increasing demands on our time and energy, often the first thing that goes is investment in ourselves. We know that isn’t wise; it’s really very short-term thinking, but under the pressure of the moment we often make that choice. Here is one resource to help you continue growing as a leader.
One of the biggest challenges every leader faces is how to continue developing and growing as a leader while still getting things done and moving things forward. With the ever-increasing demands on our time and energy, often the first thing that goes is investment in ourselves. We know that isn’t wise; it’s really very short-term thinking, but under the pressure of the moment we often make that choice. Here is one resource to help you continue growing as a leader.
09 Mar 2017

The Challenge of Personal Development

One of the biggest challenges every leader faces is how to continue developing and growing as a leader while still…