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Are You Burned Out?

Ministry is hard work. The needs are plenty >> more than can be met with the resources available and the time we can devote. Navigating people dynamics and the complexities of relationships is challenging. These struggles can make each of us question our calling. Many surveys have been offered to help us understand the dilemma…
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Four Confidence Building Strategies

You’re a ministry leader. People are at the heart of your job. Your job is to get the ministry done through others >> your staff and volunteers. What if they lack confidence? People often don’t believe in themselves. They are timid to act. Maybe they hesitate because they’re just unsure. They limit the potential of…
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Smooth Rough Leadership Edges

Every ministry leader has some rough edges. Isolation, fear, or insecurity will keep those rough edges sharp. The alternative >> engaging people, tackling complexities, and navigating confusing dynamics. But it is messy when sharp edges collide. Tough situations smooth rough edges. Relationships shine a spotlight on our flaws. It’s necessary we face these (maybe even…
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Do’s and Don’ts of Assessments

Yes! I love assessments and use them regularly in coaching and facilitating training. They can be powerful tools to create awareness, offer tangible next steps to accelerate leadership and inspire people to work better together. However, they are just tools! Tools with the potential to create conversation that will build relationships needed to grow and…
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Be Brilliant at Work

Loving what we do is a powerful force. It inspires creativity. It compels commitment. It creates resilience in the face of obstacles. Yet, many people are frustrated in their work, losing energy, and starting to look around. According to Gallup’s survey in 2017 only 33% of employees are engaged in their work and 42% say…
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4 Steps >> Confusion to Clarity

Confused about the next steps for your ministry? Spring is the season for many ministry leaders to put on their future-thinking hat and plan for the coming program year. Others are facing choices on some big opportunities – possibilities that will grow their ministry; expand impact. They wonder if they are ready and what it…
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Coaching Solves Problems

Years in ministry and leadership has revealed to me the power of coaching! I used to think leadership was about giving people tools to lead change, offering methodologies, or creating plans. We are leaders. We have solutions. Right? While tools are necessary to solve problems, they may not always offer the best approach. When people…
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SMART Goal Setting for Ministry

‘Tis the season! Season for what? Goal-setting. Conversations are about to begin that will lead to setting goals that drive a budget to launch another year of ministry. There are many ways to approach this task. The key is to be intentional, engage in dialogue, and write it down. However, a ministry environment can make…
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A Community of Healers

This story in Luke 5 is a well-known one. The house was overflowing as the crowd tried to hear Jesus. These four men were carrying their friend on a mat. He was paralyzed. They desperately wanted to get him to Jesus. There seemed to be no way, but these friends would not be stopped. They…
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Mistakes Are Our Best Teacher

We have all been there. The moment of regret after we said something we didn’t mean. The promise made, but unfulfilled. Good intentions with unexpected consequences. The knee-jerk reaction to a frustrating situation. The quick decision that became a costly one. In that moment, we might just want to bury our head in the sand,…
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