Everyone is busy! (Say it out loud…Everyone is busy!) Do you believe that? I do. I mean when I speak to people and say “How are you doing,” they always say “busy!” It is the most used response at least in my experience. So, I now believe that everyone is busy. Well, according to how they answer my simple, “how are you doing” question. I am kind of tired of the expected answer, “I am busy.” The reason I am tired of it is because it makes me want to tell that person how busy I am. Especially when it is … Continue reading Everyone is Busy!
So you want to attract and engage more volunteers? Of course you do, who wouldn’t? We all want volunteers, but so many leaders struggle with recruiting, keeping, and leading volunteers. Why? Here are a few reasons that I have seen: Unclear expectations Overwork No team chemistry Lack of purpose Unclear on ramps We all want more volunteers to serve with us, and I think answering the main questions that volunteers are asking will help you land volunteers as well as keep them for the long haul. So, what questions do volunteers have? Here are the top four questions that all … Continue reading 3 Things Every Volunteer Wants Answered
Every pastor that I have ever spoke with wants to grow their church. If they didn’t, they probably shouldn’t be the pastor at the church. Growth is something that everyone wants, but not everyone experiences. Now, growth in church is always a touchy subject. Here is what I am not saying in this post: I am not criticizing small churches – I am not at all suggesting this. I have been a part of smaller churches, and have loved it and seen God do incredible things. I also think that some pastors are built and created to pastor smaller churches. … Continue reading 3 Steps To Breaking The Growth Barriers In Your Church
In 2014, our church launched its second location. Our church has been in the city of Jacksonville for over 100 years, and we have always had a vision of reaching the entire city. We felt that in order to continue with the vision of reaching our city in the modern church context, we must embrace multi site church. So, we set out on this journey and launched a campus about 15 miles away in a growing part of our city. The campus would start in a portable facility, an elementary school. We are four years in and preparing to launch … Continue reading 4 Tips For Making Multi-Site Work
If I could give one piece of advice for all leaders, it is this: BE YOURSELF! Be you. Stop trying to be someone else. Stop comparing yourself with everyone else. Just be you. Be the very best version of you that you possibly can be. I love technology, but one negative result of the rise of technology is that it is so easy to see the success of others and compare yourself with them. You begin to wonder what is different about them that made them so successful. You then start to try to be them in how you dress, … Continue reading Leaders: Stop Comparing Yourself With Others!
When you sign up to be a leader, you also sign up to experience some seasons of discouragement. It comes with the territory. Not everyone will like your decisions and will let you know it….sometimes in “not so nice ways.” You will lose people. Some because they don’t care for you as their leader and some because you have to let them go. You will be frustrated at times with an employee’s performance and cannot express your frustration to your closest friends, because they are on the team with you. There is oftentimes loneliness at the top. You will feel … Continue reading 5 Tips For Handling Discouragement In Leadership
So you work in a church? Great, but you have probably experienced seasons of discouragement that make you want to quit. Being a church leader is like many jobs in that they are stressful, but it is a different type of stress. You cannot walk away from the stress. You take it home with you and see the people who give you stress on the weekends. You are called to ministry so you have an emotional and spiritual connection that is deep. Your life is centered around the church. You are alone. There is pressure to live up to a … Continue reading 4 Reminders For Church Leaders To Experience Longevity