Articles in this category focus on rejoicing in the community of other believers, how to build and nurture community, and how to better reflect Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters in the faith.
We hear so much about being an “authentic” leader. I believe fully in authenticity. You must lead from who you are; at the same time, authenticity does not give you permission to be a jerk. The most productive leader leads from strengths and dials back those tendencies to react poorly. This week’s question: When might [...]Corey Olynik
Dear Stephen, I have this person in my life – maybe it’s my spouse, maybe it’s one of my kids, maybe it’s a friend – it doesn’t really matter. They have this sinful habit that drives me absolutely bonkers. They complain a lot. Or maybe they criticize me a lot. Or maybe they argue a […]Stephen Altrogge
Ministry is shifting. If you’ve been in children’s ministry for a while (as many of you have), you might feel like your skills are growing dull; strategies that used to work seem to fall flat. Practices that used to easily equip families no longer work. Things are changing. There are a host of cultural realities […]Larry Fowler
Whether you realize or not, relationships are the fuel that feeds your success, and are often highlighted as an important part of your role as a leader. Interpersonal relationships are most important to success in all organizations today. They are especially important in times of organizational stress, emergencies and disasters. They are [...]Patrick Ondrey
After glimpsing pain in my neighbor’s eyes my curiosity was stoked. That moment has led us to five years of immersion into the lives of those in closest proximity to us. We immersed ourselves in the rhythms and relationships of our neighborhood. We anticipated some great opportunities, but we didn’t anticipate training our kids to [...]Alan Briggs
Community Is Essential to Building Leaders! Here’s How You Can Activate Transformational Communities.
The most effective leader development efforts are conducted within a living community of people in which the emerging leaders function and participate.Malcolm Webber
While writing this, I am watching four seagulls that are initially sunning themselves on the sand. Then suddenly two start squawking at the other two and a battle is begun, until one party is intimidated and retreats. But no reconciliation or resolution has taken place. How often does that happen in life?Stephen Mayers
Groupthink lulls a team into deadly complacency. Here’s how to know if your team is already there.Malcolm Webber
We all want better, truer, deeper Christian community. We all want to grow personally. But how do we get there? Scripture has a surprising answer: Show up. We are obsessed with life hacks and shortcuts today. Everywhere ads hit us with easy tricks to grow our investments, to make dinner prep a breeze, to give […]Ricky Alcantar
Impacted by a testimony of the transforming work of God in someone’s life, we are often left in awe of God’s faithfulness and with a fresh hope of what He will do in us and in others we are praying for. How quickly we forget that in most cases transformation in our lives is a […]William Frisbie
The effectiveness and health of a team is directly associated with developing a common working approach.Malcolm Webber
I’ve been in many church offices where I observe walled-off office after walled-off office. Collaboration is paramount to a healthy church culture. Even if you are the only paid staff member you still need to be collaborating internally on projects, creativity, and other things.Joe Hoagland