Category: Leadership

The Problem with Powder Kegs

Explosions are rarely a good thing, but never more so than in leadership. When a leader explodes … out of anger, frustration, unmet expectations, whatever … it’s more a reflection of the leader than whatever...

Staying Engaged When You’ve “Been There, Done That”

If you’ve been in ministry for any amount of time, you’ve been there. (And if you haven’t, hang on: your day is coming.) You’re entering into another ministry cycle with the same type of event,...

Lead Your Team to Be Average

Strap yourself in, kids. Uncle Danny is about to walk you through a sports analogy. [Editor’s note: if you’re new, trust us: this will not go well.] A few weeks ago I was having lunch...

We Don’t Talk About Burnout: An Allegory About Church Staff Culture

Janetta Oni is the Creative Director at the Summit Church. If you haven’t seen Encanto yet, then you’ve probably also avoided getting any variant of COVID-19, to which I say, “Where’s your bunker?”  I’m a...

Your Realist Needs an Enthusiast. (And Vice-Versa.)

Let me start with a small confession: the older I get, the less excitable I am. I don’t necessarily like that. I kind of miss Danny in his 20s, who took on way too much...

Share Your Spotlight

The entertainment world, the business world, and – sadly – the church world is rife with stories of actors, CEOs, and pastors who steal the spotlight. Rather than turning it to the story, the product,...

How to Lead a Ministry You Don’t Love

If you haven’t been there, you will: You get hired for your dream job or at your dream organization. The job description is everything you’ve ever wanted, except for that one little add-on ministry at...

How to Lead a Grandfathered-In Volunteer Team

Q: Now that you’re gonna be a grandfather, do you plan on making these types of puns in future post titles? [Suddenly-disgruntled blog reader, Monowi, Nebraska] A: Probably. (And please, call me “Pops.” Grandfather was...

What’s Your Lane?

On the team that I lead, we will occasionally revisit the topic of our “lanes:” Those things we’re currently doing that we love to do.Those things we’re currently doing that we no longer want to...

Give Your Team Permission to Call You Out

All of us have work habits that drive our co-workers crazy. Maybe you’re always five minutes late to a meeting. Perhaps it’s your incessant need to get things perfect before you get them published. Maybe...

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