Avoiding feedback does not mean that perceptions are not there; it just means that you don’t get to hear what people think of you. People have their opinions about you already; soliciting their feedback merely gives you the chance to hear what they think, so you can choose whether you want to do something about…

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Feedback is a necessary ingredient to our growth. Think trail mix. I like nuts and chocolate, but hate raisins. If I want to get the most out of my trail mix, I will need to pick through it. Feedback delivered poorly, in the wrong context or at the wrong time mixes in some unwanted ingredients.…

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The party was on! Time to appreciate our ministry volunteers. We had invited 1200 volunteers and 800 came to this special night of dinner and fun. The team had really outdone themselves and everything was amazing. My job >> writing and directing the program. Every person played their part perfectly. We bragged on our volunteers…

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Feedback has a bad rap. We avoid it. Get defensive because of it. Dismiss it. Over-focus on minutiae. This is especially true in Christian ministry, where we will often avoid the more difficult aspects of feedback in favor of what we perceive as “peace.” At the end of the day, people want to know where…

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Every leader in ministry will face obstacles in the pursuit of their goals. Circumstances will shift. Mistakes will be made. Your confidence in the ability to achieve what you set out to do will be challenged. You may doubt that you even started. You may start whittling away at the big goal to make it…

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Goals are a destination, not a checklist!  Destination guides the journey, the timetable, the route you take >> therefore, goals guide mission priorities, action steps, and to-do lists. Align activity to what is important for your ministry on a weekly, monthly, quarterly basis. Without cascading your goals in this way a ministry will struggle getting…

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We want our goals to be God-infused. We pray. We plan. We discern. We invite wisdom. We write our goals.  However, it’s never a straight line to our goals. There will be setbacks, mistakes, unexpected events, new information, deeper insights, shifts in resources. All of these things keep our goals ever evolving! Use these three…

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Goal setting is no easy job >> especially in ministry when the needs are so great! Which goals are the right goals? What if they are too big and people think we’re crazy? What if we set goals, but fail to reach them? When you think about goals you may believe that … We can…

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Communication gets tricky as we navigate both the similarities and differences in the way people communicate. Everybody defines “good” communication differently. Unmet expectations and different goals can be a source of relationship tension and thwart our efforts to work together. We often assume people need the same thing in communication that we need. We offer…

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