Giving feedback is a delicate part of being a leader. It is far too easy to cross the line between offering a healthy critique and crushing a person’s spirit. Many leaders themselves are never coached on how they offer feedback to subordinates. As a result, even the most well intentioned leader can end up coming across as harsh or unreasonable. Here […]
Pace can make or break the progress of an organization. If a church, business, or institution moves too slow, competitive edge is lost. Remember Circuit City, the electronics business that didn’t adjust quickly enough to the booming online sales industry? Or what about Blockbuster Video that missed the rising popularity of accessing movies digitally? Moving too […]
Do you want to be the best possible leader you can be? How about earning a reputation for being the coolest boss ever? Maybe those things are not your motivation but I am sure you want to ensure good morale around the office. Good morale leads to productivity and longer tenure among employees and volunteers. […]
Have you ever started off your day with a productive list of tasks only to find your plans derailed by the time you have your morning cup of coffee at Starbucks? Leaders face numerous obstacles and distractions that can keep us from tangible results. The effective leader must stay alert and watch out for potential hurdles that will […]
Over 20 years, I served in various church and ministry staff positions including associate minister, youth pastor, and missions pastor. I also headed a para-church ministry (Young Life) working with urban youth. I worked each of these positions prior to taking the helm as senior pastor. As a result, I gained valuable experience that prepared me […]
Over the past several months, I have been able to visit various church services and listen to numerous sermons. I have heard great messages and some that needed work, but I always appreciated the word that went forth. For my experiment I intentionally sat in the back of the church or at an angle. I did this […]
This summer I have spent quite a bit of time in Houston, Texas working with my friends at Higher Dimension Church. Pastor Terrence Johnson and his team are a creative and lively group of people who have been a blessing to observe. Each team member has a unique skill set and approach to ministry that creates a flow […]
A few years ago, as I sat in a Starbucks, typing away on my computer, working on a sermon. I paused to pray and ask God to help me with what I believed to be a hot sermon. I felt in my spirit an instruction to take a moment and listen to the people around me. The […]
Mrs. Jeralean Talley of Detroit, Michigan recently celebrated her 116th birthday, making her the oldest living person in the world. Imagine the things she has seen over the course of her life. All the people she has met, news she has witnessed, events that have occurred during her lifespan surely make for compelling stories.
When asked […]
My client email list allows me to send out emails several times a week. I am able to track which subscribers have opened up the emails I send. Sometimes, people say they read my emails when I know they have not. Awkward, right?
I can also tell who has not read them because they ask […]