Category: Leadership

Stop Transacting. Start Relating.

A friend told me this story almost thirty years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it. She was a volunteer, in charge of an upcoming event at her church. In the early stages of planning,...

How to Fire Yourself (part 2)

This is the second in a two-part series. Read part 1 here. 3. Know the difference between handoffs and hands-off. Once we’ve identified our successor, we don’t wish them godspeed as we race away...

How to Fire Yourself (part 1)

If you lead in the local church – whether you’re full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer – it’s time that you ask for your own resignation. Before you start penning that first “I’m outta here”...

Ministry vs. The Machine

Good leaders ought to have a mix of people skills and administrative skills. The first is a non-negotiable, the second is a solid bonus. While administration can always be farmed out to a teammate...

Do You Know Your “Why”?

Without a doubt, our what and how has changed and will continue to change. How we greet guests, what we do about communion, and how we move large groups of people into and out of worship are all necessary topics of discussion. But those what and how conversations...

Where Are You Adding Value?

If you’re a paid staff member or a volunteer leader, there will come a point where you feel like you’ve “made it” in terms of team objectives: you’ve reached that goal. You’ve transformed that...

Are You On the Wrong Team?

You may be playing on the wrong team and not even realize it. It’s not that you’re a bad player. But the right team is better than your current team, because the team you’re...

The Room Where It Happens

Right you were, Aaron Burr, sir. There is indeed a room where it happens. There’s a place where the game is played and the sausage gets made. There is a table where decisions are...