The most effective leader development efforts are conducted within a living community of people in which the emerging leaders function and participate.
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?
Groupthink lulls a team into deadly complacency. Here’s how to know if your team is already there.
Trust is such a fragile commodity. It can easily be broken even before it is built. Yet we know trust is the foundation for healthy organizational behavior.
It’s easy to look at our brothers and sisters and see their warts and blemishes. Yet the perfect One, the holy One, the One without a single imperfection doesn’t look on His people the way we often do.
The longer a great team is together, the better it seems to work together, but it starts with finding the right people to join the team.
I think it’s vital to a healthy team that the leader be continually conscious of his or her need for influence and ways to improve upon it.
Ultimately, God has made us ‒ even as leaders ‒ to connect best with other specific people. We must wholeheartedly seek them out and refuse to settle for second best by sometimes saying “no” to certain people in order to say “yes” to others.
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 […]
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 […]
The effectiveness and health of a team is directly associated with developing a common working approach.
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.
We need to get better at criticism. Much better. That is my criticism of the church.
What is the best and most biblical way to define a “healthy” church?
If you were to ask someone what their most important relationship is, the answer would most likely revolve around a family member. So why do these leaders who claim family relationships matter have such a devastated family? It’s because it’s easy to say your family is important but difficult to live it out.
Revitalization is essential. It’s not easy and there are many ways, but as a revitalizing pastor, here are three observations of turnaround churches. The big question: if your church were to close its doors tomorrow, would anyone in the community care, notice, or react?
Osmo Wiio’s first law of communication is that “Communication usually fails, except by chance.” The barriers to effective listening are numerous. In order to be effective leaders, we must identify and understand that which hinders us from effective listening.
There is a growing divide between church importance and Millennials, and it’s not getting any better. To close the door of the divide, the church must relate the importance of salvation for the collective community ‒ the power of God on display ‒ through prayer, proclamation, and practice.
Several years ago at a physical therapy appointment I was getting some kinks worked out of my back. As the therapist torqued my left leg into a pretzel, she told me about a friend who recently got news about a life-threatening medical condition. As my therapist shared, she felt unsure about what to say to her friend facing […]
When people are facing extreme problems, their organizations often embody those same challenges. The Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS was one such agency. Having grown quickly, but haphazardly, it was on the brink of tearing itself apart. This is the story about the power of forgiveness to resolve conflict and bring positive [...]