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We Value What We Count and Count What We Value. So Count the Right Things

June 25th, 2019 · No Comments · Church, Church of Christ, Leadership

We typically count two things in church – attendance and contribution. That’s okay. That probably should be done. But there is so much more we need to pay attention to and there is nothing like counting things to give accountability to what is going on. Some things we cannot quantify. They are qualitative things. But […]

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Uncomfortability

May 17th, 2019 · No Comments · Christianity, Church, Church of Christ, Leadership

We are some of the only people in the history of the world to live a semi-comfortable life without having to try that hard. Until the last few generations people had to work for their food. By the sweat of their own brow and the work of their own hands food came from the ground. […]

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My History With Codependency and Ministry – A Path Toward a Healthier Church Leadership Culture

May 9th, 2019 · No Comments · Christianity, Church, Church of Christ, Leadership

Our churches are charged with anxiety. They are charged with anxiety because we have set ourselves up as the ones who have perfect doctrine and practice. Once you have claimed that you will always struggle with anxiety because there is great fear that you will mess something up and ruin your brand. The only way […]

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Church Leadership: Pain Avoidance is a Myth

March 16th, 2019 · No Comments · Church of Christ, Leadership

It is so common. So typical. Decisions made by church leadership to avoid a complaint. To avoid the pain. It doesn’t work. You cannot avoid pain. You have to choose which pain is worth enduring. Would you rather live a reactionary life of pain avoidance or a proactive/intentional life that has direction and the accompanying […]

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What is one of the BIG things holding back churches from discipling?

March 9th, 2019 · No Comments · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, Leadership, The Journey

Leadership focused on pain avoidance, operating out of fear. What would happen if you found out pain avoidance was a myth? Would that give you freedom to launch out into new arenas? I am not talking about other people. I am talking about myself. Give me five minutes…

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Crossing i’s and dotting t’s

July 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Leadership, Ministry

Meticulous but misdirected. This happens far too often in leadership. We get myopically focused on the wrong things and what appears to be a concern for doing it right misses the point entirely. If you are determined to dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s you better make sure you aren’t getting it […]

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Discernment and Decision Making Are Two Different Things

May 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Leadership

There is a lot of talk about discernment these days. Many have come to realize that the traditional filters by which we perceive things have not worked all that well for us. Congregational leadership is not the same as corporate leadership or business leadership and so how we go about looking at things needs to […]

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Anxiety and Leadership

May 16th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Leadership

It is too easy to be an anxious leader because leaders often have to venture into the unknown and the unknown can be very anxiety producing. When leaders operate out of anxiety and that anxiety level is higher than those they lead, those they lead will always raise their anxiety level to match or exceed […]

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Ownership

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments · Leadership

We have a lot of absentee landlords in today’s world. I am talking about people who don’t want to own what they own, help fix what is broken and maintain what is theirs. As Christians, and as Christian leaders in particular, it is vitally important that we own what has been handed to this. I […]

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Moses: A Man of Three Worlds & What that Teaches us about How God Equips Leaders

February 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment · Bible, Exodus, Leadership, Old Testament

Moses is one of the most intriguing people in the Bible. Your footnote in Exodus 2:10 most likely associates his name with “drawing out” just as Moses was drawn out of the Nile river. That isn’t the whole story of his name. His name isn’t Hebrew. It is Egyptian and it means “to beget” and […]

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