Category: Leadership

Smoke Signals

Whether you lead volunteers or paid staff, whether you have one direct report or a dozen (pro tip: don’t have a dozen), it’s sometimes impossible to feel like you’re fully in the know of everything...

Take the Leap

In life and in ministry, sometimes you just have to take the leap. Editor’s note: Whoa. Stop right there. Is this an idiotically transparent attempt at taking advantage of the fact that this is Leap...

How to Lead a Book Discussion

In a recent post I talked about how to choose a book (or books, because plural books are better) with your volunteers or staff. In this post, I want to talk about how you actually...

If You Don’t Care, Who Will?

I have a confession to make: sometimes I litter. Not big litter, of course. I’m not a neanderthal, hurtling down the interstate and hurling my Chick-fil-A sacks out the window. I don’t sneak across the...

How to Choose Books to Read with Your Staff or Volunteers

Very few things catalyze learning, conversation, or growth faster than a good book. Especially when it comes to your staff or volunteers. For the last decade, I’ve led countless teams through countless books, whether it’s...

10 Ways to (Lightly) Reset Your Volunteer Team This Year

It’s a brand-new trip around the sun. And if you’re like me, you enjoy a new page on the calendar, a blank sheet of paper, a mile-marker opportunity to hit the reset button on a...

Uncomfortably Uncertain

Leaders don’t need to have all of the answers. We should be sure of the vision, confident of the values, and fixed on the end goal. But in the questions and speed bumps and hiccups...

Toddling vs. Coddling

I have a granddaughter. (That’s not new news to those of you who have been around the blog for a while, but it’s my contractual obligation as a first-time Pops to mention that every third...

See it from Their Side

If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that my perspective is often tinted by rose-colored glasses: My idea is probably the best one. My opinion is probably the right one. My way is...

How to Kill Your Darlings in Ministry

Many of us have heard the phrase “kill your darlings,” a saying that originated from William Faulkner. Or maybe Oscar Wilde. Or possibly even Stephen King, which makes sense because of the whole kill thing....

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