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I hate to wait!

All right, I 'fess up. I'm a "Type A." I move fast, I eat fast, I think fast. I even sleep fast. I'm impatient. I want it yesterday. I hate to wait. I hate to wait in lines. I hate to wait for people to "get it." I hate to wait for almost anything. Ain't it awful? I...

Four Common Errors Which Leaders Can Make

I wrote a book titled, "Mistakes Leaders Make." I picked ten of them. Of course there are a lot more than ten. Pastor  and author, Eric Geiger, shares with us four common errors often make. I sense he is spot on with his observations. He allows us to see the tension...

THE ESSENCE OF TRUE LEADERSHIP

Sometimes I am guilty of being overly simplistic in my ideas and solutions to problems. I know that life is complex, messy and often not simple to understand or accept. Having said this, I like to take matters that seem very complicated  to graps and hard to live out...

POWERFUL QUESTIONS PRODUCE RESULTS

As leaders  matures and gain wisdom they soon realize that in many cases the key is not having the right answers, but asking the right questions and then learning how to listen well. My experience has taught me that most leaders talk too much and listen too little. I...

THE SECURE LEADER

Moving from insecurity to security I have struggled for years with a serious problem that has been the undoing of many leaders.  It often lies below the surface but slowing rises to the top when a leader gains power or is given increased responsibility. It has been...

QUITTING, SET ASIDE OR PLATEAUED

Bobby Clinton, professor of leadership at Fuller Seminar, has an insightful leadership viewpoint on Matthew 9:36-38 when he wrote in “The Making of a Leader” that: “When Jesus saw the leaders He was filled with dismay because: So many quit So many were set aside So...

3 Places Clarity is Fuzzy on Healthy Teams

  I'm a big fan of "CLARITY." People will struggle when there is lack of clarity on why the team/group/organization exists and where it's going. Moral can plummet when there isn't sufficient clarity. People need to know that what they do matters and how their...

The Lord directs both our STEPS and our STOPS

As a leader, I desire to be a life-long learner. "Wise men and women are alway learning. Always listening for fresh insights” ~ Proverb 18:15 The Message This captures it—always listening for fresh insights. I don’t want to be guilty of “Hardening of the Categories”...

3 WAYS TO STOP WORRYING AND LEAD

What do you mean it doesn't pay to worry. Most of the things I worry about never happen! In Jesus sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) He  talks a good deal about worry. Reread and refresh your memory about the downsides of worry . In today's post, Dan Rockwell shares...

AN EASTER DEVOTION: FROM THE CAVE

Guest Post by Chuck Lawless t was essentially a cave in the earth. A hewn-out space in the rock. Perhaps there were others like it in the vicinity. It was originally the burial place for a rich man and his family, but it was still just another gravesite for the dead....

The Most Important Part of Your Job!

The most important item on your job description may not actually be ON your job description. I have said for years that it’s absolutely essential that every leader regularly hears from God. “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. He’s the one...

A USEFUL TOOL FOR DECISION-MAKING TEAMS

I can't think of anything more important to a team than learning how to make excellent decisions. A good decision builds morale and motivation. A bad decision can do just the opposite. Dan Rockwell shares some very practical and helpful ideas on good team...

My list of two became a list of three!

It will be 20 years this September since I started in my role as a life and leadership coach. I have enjoyed the journey immensely. I’ve been blessed and privileged to coach around 400 leaders in the US in addition to leaders in Canada, England, Australia, India,...

Multi-Tasker or Multi-Asker

I don’t know if you read the cartoons online or in a daily newspaper, but I do. A recent one: “Dennis The Menace” had neighbor Mister Wilson telling Dennis that he asked a lot of questions. To which Dennis replied that he was a “Multi-Asker.” That got me thinking a...

HOW TO BEAT BURNOUT

I faced it in my mid-20's. I was traveling too fast and trying to do too much. A doctor told me I needed to slow down or else. I thought that I didn't want to find out what "Or Else" meant. I prayed, I did a lot of self-evaluation and confession of sin. I learned a...

THE JESUS LOOK

Recently I read Luke 22:61, 62, where a certain look from Jesus literally dissolved a  generally self-confident Peter into bitter weeping; something that so-called strong men hardly ever do. What was it about that look?  What does Jesus see when He turns and looks at...

When You Exceed Your Leadership Capacity

Every leader has capacity limits-Calendar, emotionally, mentally, relationally. We need to set reasonable boundaries for ourselves. Consistently  exceeding these God-giving limits and capacity is a sure road to burnout and poor decisions. Ron Edmondson shares some...

INFOBESITY

In a book I recently read, I ran across the word “Infobesity”—sort of a spin off from the word obesity of which we are all well aware. I had never heard the term before! I don’t think "infobesity" is a real word. I couldn’t find it in the dictionary—not yet. But I did...

SMART LEADERS LOVE CORRECTION – THE REST SUFFER

Recently I memorized Proverb 18:15 in The Message: "Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights"  We might also say unwise men and women stop learning and are no longer interested in, or on the lookout for, fresh insights! Excellent...

The Devil is in the details, but he’s not there alone!

We’ve all heard the statement, “The devil is in the details.”  To start with, in most cases, it’s not true. Success or failure may be in the details, depending on how they are dealt with, but it’s a stretch to say the devil is there. But, even if he were there, he’s...

TESTS FOR RECOGNIZING AN EGO PROBLEM

One oldie but goody book on leadership by J Oswald Sanders is "Spiritual Leadership." It's one of the most impactful books I've ever read on leadership. I have taken at least two groups of leaders through this book. I would strongly encourage all leaders reading this...

Leaders make decisions. That’s what leaders do!

After all these years in ministry (56) I’ve come to the conclusion that making good decisions is at the top of the list of skill-sets a leader needs to develop. I further believe that most of the truly important and most impactful decisions fall into one of these...

Is Honesty still the best policy?

Over the last few months I’ve been praying some H’s for leaders: Humble, Holy, Honest, Hungry and Hustle In this post, let’s focus on “Honest.” I’m beginning to wonder if honesty is still the best policy for lots of folks, or has it been replaced with some other...

10 Prayers of a Christian Leader

Constant and continual prayer is essential for any Christian leader. Being honest and vulnerable in prayer is a good thing as David often demonstrates in the Psalms. Ron Edmondson shares some excellent ideas on some things Christian leaders can and should be praying....

THE ESSENCE OF EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP

Some people are gifted at taking simple issues and making them complicated. I like to try and take complicated issues and make them simple. I have been pondering for a while what leadership is all about. How would I describe leadership in simple and easy-to-understand...

He was the best role model I ever had!

1.  He modeled prayer I remember a few days after first meeting him; I had recently moved into the Los Angeles Navigator home to join some other young men receiving training. He suggested we take a walk and pray together. We walked. He did most of the praying. I...

5 ESSENTIALS FOR HEALTHY CONFLICT

There is a big misunderstanding among leaders today regarding conflict. Many try to avoid it at all costs, while others wade in like a bull in a china shop creating great destruction for everyone involved. There is healthy and unhealthy conflict. Dan Rockwell shares 5...

Good Grief!

One of my favorite (perhaps yours as well) comic characters is good ole Charlie Brown. For a number of reasons we see ourselves in him. He is well known for saying a lot of things, both positive and negative. One of his memorable sayings is “Good Grief!” Recently our...

11 LEADERSHIP LESSONS I LEARNED AS A YOUNG LEADER

The best Leaders are learners. They seek to continue to grow and be the best they can be for the glory of God. "Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights." Proverb 18:15 The Message. I always want to be learning, listening for fresh...

FIVE THINGS I DON’T WANT TO EVER DO AGAIN!

Never again If you are in anyway like me, you learn from your experiences and decide something like, "Well, I'll never do that again." Here are five things that, with his help, I don't want to ever do again.  1.  USE MY TIME IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT LEADS TO...

12 Characteristics of a good leader

Please don't let this list overwhelm you, but simply allow it to help you zero in on one area in which  you'd like to grow. Guest post found on Center For Creative Leadership A good leader should have integrity, self-awareness, courage, respect, compassion, and...

THE ONE INDISPENSABLE QUALITY EVERY LEADER NEEDS TO HAVE

I love lists. I love articles and blog posts that include lists of one thing and another. The Bible's  big on lists. There are lists of things to avoid, list of things to do and lists of leadership qualities (I Timothy 3; Titus 1 and I Peter 5.) There are lists...

LEARNING FROM FROG AND TOAD

When my four kids were small, I spent lots of time snuggled on the sofa reading to them. Have you ever wondered if some of these stories were written for the parents more than for the kids?  I have. One of the books we read was called “Frog and Toad Together.” In that...

7 Hard Things Great Leaders Do

There are things really good leaders learn how to do and do well. There are also things good leaders learn from experience not to do. Both are essential. Today  Ron Edmondson shares with us 7 hard things great leaders do. Guest Post by Ron Edmondson Great leaders are...

I’D LOVE TO READ MORE…BUT!

Leaders are readers. John Wesley said, "Read or get out of the ministry." There is no way of getting around it.  Excellent leaders know what they don't know and do something about it. Leaders are life-long learners and one of the best ways that I know of to keep...

10 Axioms About Leadership and Feedback

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. I truly believe that good feedback helps your leadership and little to no feedback hinders your leadership. How you go about getting the feedback you really need to hear and who you get it from is critically important. Pastor...

Perhaps many people think you walk on water, but…

Perhaps your people think you walk on water, but who has the authority and permission to point out the leaks in your boat? I’ve been around leaders for quite a number of years. I’ve worked with all kinds of leaders in 18 different churches since becoming a Christian....

8 IN 10 STRUGGLE HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE

After all these years, I'm convinced of the value and necessity of holding people accountable. Additionally I think the key to effective  accountability is holding them accountable for their actions and behavior, not the results, as they don't control the results. I...

Interested or interesting

One of my recent memory verses is Proverb 18:15 in The Message. “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.” As I meditate on, and pray over, this verse, it will aid me in continuing to be a life-long Learner. Things are constantly...

10 WARNING SIGNS YOU’RE A POWER-HUNGRY LEADER

Power is a slippery slope. Power can be used for good or misused for evil. It's always dangerous for leaders to be hungry for power. It seems to fly in the face of servanthood and humility. Chuck Lawless shares some warning signs of power-hungry leaders. Guest Post by...

THREE TEMPTATIONS THAT CAN DESTROY YOUR LEADERSHIP

All leaders face temptations…some conquer and some cave. The temptations of a leader are not different than what everyone else faces. The difference is that there is usually more at stake and more people affected. Now, obviously there are many more than three, but...

4 Brutally Honest Reasons You Don’t Delegate

One of my sayings is "Delegate or Suffocate." It's that simple, really! Here from Jenni Catron on Carey Nieuwhof's website are some solid and valid reasons leaders don't delegate to the degree the could and should. Guest Post from the website of Carey Nieuwhof   ...

WELL, IT MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THAT ONE!

Most, if not all, people have an innate (God-given) desire to make their life count…to have something to live for…to make a significant contribution that is bigger than themselves. This desire is woven into our very fabric.  God created us this way so we could have...

The Top Six Risky Habits of Pastors in Trouble

It's always discouraging, disconcerting when reading about fallen leaders. I am spending more and more time praying over 2 Timothy 4:7 for high-level, well-known leaders. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Phil Cooke shares...

Being both under authority as well as in authority

  I recall it as if he said it yesterday. He was a lead pastor from a very numerically-successful local church. He said it in a staff meeting: “I don’t want anyone to tell me what I can or cannot do.” When Susan and I lived in Sweden in the 70s I got off the...

Six Ways God Tests Your Faith & Character

As a leader, God is more interested in my character than my comfort or convenience. He will allow things to happen in my leadership life and journey that are difficult so I can grow in my faith walk as well as in my leadership responsibilities. Rick Warren shares six...

THE LEADER’S MOTIVATION

When I was in college, we were required to read a book titled What makes Sammy Run?  It dealt with a New York businessman who was driven and explored his motivation and what drove him in his business experience. The same question could be asked of leaders.  What makes...

10 Tips for Getting & Keeping Mentors:

I'v been a professional coach for 18 years; I love it. I Love the men I've been able to coach all these years, I love the opportunity to impact local churches by coaching it's leaders. I cannot emphasize enough the value of having godly men walking with you as I have...

The addiction no one’s talking about.

There are a variety of addictions. Drugs Alcohol Sex Gambling Tobacco Social Media I’m quite confident there are others, but these are a few that quickly come to mind. However, there’s another one that I have observed which hardly anyone is talking about or deem...

More in ’24

Like many of you,  I am focusing on ideas for 2024—dreaming, thinking, planning and praying about what I’d like to see happen in this new year. As I’ve  mentioned in previous posts, I’m  living with the tension between contentment and ambition. I have desires, dreams,...

2024 and the Sure Foundation for Your Times

As the hymn says, "On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand." Jesus spoke of building our lives on the rock, not the sand, Pastor and author Eric Geiger shares some helpful thoughts on prayerfully and carefully making sure we are building on...

THE FIRST TIME I WAS ASKED THIS QUESTION!

When I travel around the country with my Leadership Seminars. I have a Q&A times.  While in Warsaw, Indiana, I received a question I don’t think I've ever been asked. What prompted the question was my mentioning something by A. W. Tozer that is on the first page I...

ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF

Here's one of my recent memory verses: "Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights." ~ Proverb 18:15-The Message.  As I begin 2024, I want to continue to be a life-long learner who is always listening for fresh insights--not doing what...

We need leaders with “Hustle.”

Recently I’ve been praying over H’s for leaders: 1. Humble 2. Holy 3. Honest 4. Hunger 5. Hustle Let’s focus on “Hustle” today When I think of “Hustle,” here are some other words/phrases that come to mind: Pro-active, go-getter, passionate, enthusiastic, fizz in their...

9 Warning Signs You’re Suffering From Toxic Productivity

As you start a new year tomorrow, It's time to do some evaluation as to how you're really doing. Carey Nieuwhof shares some incredibly insightful thoughts about "Toxic Productivity." Guest Post by Carey Nieuwhof If you’re a driven leader, chances are you are always...

HIS NAME IS JESUS!

First of all, Merry Christmas to you and your family. I trust that thinking about who Jesus is, what he accomplished through his  birth, his life, his death on the cross, and his resurrection will inspire you with fresh hope and inspiration as you enter 2024 One...

Six Principles for lasting change

It's true that most people want to see certain things change in their world and in their circumstances, but don't want to have to change themselves. How many people does it take to change a light bulb? Only one if the light bulb really wants to change. Rick Warren...

NICE GUYS FINISH LAST

As it pertains to biblical leadership, this may be true! Is being nice the same as being godly? Be careful how you answer that! The sentiment that nice guys finish last  has been around for as long as I have been alive. There is still a vigorous debate about being...

Let People Know The Vision In Your Head

This verse has always been a help to me regarding vision: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets so he may run who reads it." ~ Habakkuk 2:3. It's too common for leaders to have their vision in their heads, but not in writing. Ron Edmondson shares how he has...

You will not finish well without these two!

Those who know me well know that I like to keep things simple—both in life and in leadership. Life can be complicated as it is and I don’t want to add to it. I love to take seemingly complicated, complex issues and try to make them simple for leaders to understand and...

Gifted From Him, for Them

  As a leader lives the Christian life and serves others through the gifts he/she has been given, there are three stages that leader progresses through: Asking the Lord to do things for me Asking the Lord to do things in me Asking the Lord to do things through me...

5 PROVERBS FOR PEOPLE WITH BIG DREAMS

It seems to me that there are big dreamers and big doers. They are not the same! Dreams need to be acted upon and implemented or they simply remain dreams that seldom happen. Dan Rockwell shares some excellent insights on turning dreams into reality. Whether you tend...

CONTENTMENT AND AMBITION; FRIENDS, NOT ENEMIES

Currently, I am asking the Lord to help me grow in biblical contentment, coming to the conclusion that there is a difference between human contentment and  biblical/godly contentment. Human contentment can at times manifest itself as being lazy, complacent, having no...

5 SIGNS YOUR TEAM MAY NOT BE A TEAM AT ALL!

The team you lead is not really a team if…  1.  The leader does most of the talking and most of the thinking As a leader, your primary job is equipping and empowering others to lead and you flat out can’t do that if everything is focused on what you think,...

Nine reasons for your burnout

  A lot of leaders are tired. Some leaders are exhausted. A few are on the verge of "Burnout." If you may be one of these, Rick Warren shares nine reasons for this! Guest Post by Rick Warren Most of us have run out of gas at some point. It’s painful. When my kids...

THE ACCEPTED AND OVERLOOKED SIN AMONG LEADERS

  As Christians, we easily come down on whatever sins have made our list of “unacceptables.”  Getting drunk, sleeping around as a single, cheating on one’s spouse, and addictions of one kind or another. Then there is another list that we turn the other way on, sweep...

Seven Easy to Identify Examples of Shallow Leadership

As leaders, we want our leadership practices and principles to be rooted deeply and grow wonderfully. We definitely don't want it to be "Shallow." Ron Edmondson shares seven examples of shallow leadership. With His help, read, learn and make adjustments. Guest Post by...

Don’t rush me. The hurrier I go the behinder I get!

Years ago I saw this on the counter at a Jewelry store. It was true then and even more true today. “Don’t rush me. The hurrier I go the behinder I get” As I observe leaders, groups and churches, it seems to me (maybe it’s just because I’m getting older) that people...

Unreasonable Seat at the Table

It's been my experience over the years that, at times, we wait too long before giving younger and  upcoming leaders a chance to have significant leadership roles and responsibilities. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Among them are: We don't want to...

THE SECRETS TO SELF-LEADERSHIP

I've taught, and believed, for years that true biblical leadership has two parts. Leading yourself and leading others. Lord willing I have a new book coming out sometime next years in which I spend 1/2 the time. talking about leading yourself and the other half...

MY CORE VALUES HAVEN’T CHANGED MUCH IN OVER 40 YEARS

My Seven Core Values One of the things I have all my coaching clients do is to create a list of “Core Values” for themselves.  Values are like the banks of a river, a road map, or a compass. They help us decide what to do and what kind(s) of people we invite into our...

Bitterness has a huge price tag

Many years ago I heard someone say that the primary cause of burnout for men between 25 and 35 was bitterness. My early mentor Warren Myers within days after first meeting him asked me to pray that he wouldn't die a bitter old man. Strange request I thought at the...

Should every leader be a leader of leaders?

I was recently asked this question: Dave, is every leader supposed to be, and expected to be, a leader of leaders? This question really got me thinking. I’m in the process of reflecting on my experiences up to this point in working at developing leaders for over 40...

8 Things That Are Right (Not Wrong) About Young Leaders

It's easy to overlook or not trust younger leaders and make them wait forever before giving them substantial responsibilities. We loose out and they also lose out when we do this, Carey Nieuwhof shares 8 things that are right (not wrong) about young leaders! Guest...

BUSYNESS, THE CURSE OF THE AGE!

As some of you may know, I was on staff with The Navigators for 37 years and moved on in the fall of 2005. My 37 years with The Navigators were both rewarding and developmental. Before actually coming on staff, I heard the founder of The Navigators, Dawson Trotman,...

MAKE THE BEST OF WHO YOU ARE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU DO

This is a spin-off of Marcus Buckingham’s statement in his book “Go Put Your Strengths to Work,” where he says (p.130), “We need to turn the best of our job into the most of our job.” I highly recommend this book for getting wisdom on who you truly are and living and...

Ten Ways To Ruin Your Church

David Fairchild is the Acts 29 Regional Director for Texas and posted this last week on Facebook. It is used with his glad permission. 1.  Division: Causing divisions within the church over non-essential issues, personal preferences, or through gossip and  slander, is...

WHO’S IT GONNA TO BE?

  Why not YOU? Who’s gonna be used by God in ways they never dreamed possible? Who’s gonna take their life and ministry to the next level? Who’s gonna break an addiction which has been a stronghold in your life for far too long? Who’s gonna come up with the next...

Tips For Leading Strong-Willed People on your team

As a leader, having a strong-willed person on your team can be a challenge. At the same time, you need people like that who have opinions, positions and ideas which challenge you and may keep you from doing something really stupid. How do you lead such strong-willed...

The Power of Purpose

When I begin coaching new clients,  one of the first things I do is help them develop a first draft of a life purpose statement. Having a clear and contagious purpose can serve as a: Roadmap Compass Blueprint Over 40 years ago I wrote my first purpose statement: “To...

The Work Does the Work of Developing

Books, conferences, podcasts videos, etc. don't truly and lastingly develop people. People develop while actually working at something while being coached and receiving feedback. Eric Geiger shares some very helpful and insightful ideas about developing others to...

This is the most important thing I bring to the table

When interviews are taking place for a job opening, whether paid or volunteer, there are lots of questions which could  be asked to ascertain if there’s a good fit or not. We want to know what the person’s skill sets are. We want to know about the potential...

THE SECRETS TO SELF-LEADERSHIP

For years I have believed that you first learn to lead yourself, then you learn to lead others.Good leadership begins with the leader, not the people being led. Dan Rockwell shares the secrets to leading yourself well. Guest Post by Dan Rockwell I thought...

THE DAY I PUT MY FOOT IN MY MOUTH!

  A number of years ago, I had a very embarrassing and potentially “relationship-ending experience.” One of my values as I work with leaders is to help them create environments of trust by being open and honest with their teams and coworkers.  In an effort to do this...

The “Foot” in the body of Christ

Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12, likens the body of Christ to the human body—one body, many parts. One of the parts he mentions is the foot. Over my 63 years as a Christian and my involvement in many aspects of ministry with many different...

4 Brutally Honest Reasons You Don’t Delegate

I believe that either not being willing to delegate or not knowing how is one of the big reasons for leadership failure and burnout Jenni Catron posted these insightful thoughts on Carey Nieuwho's website. Guest Post by Jenni Catron at Cary Nieuwhof “4 Honest Reasons...

Understanding this is a game changer for sure!

Last week I had a great conversation with a friend I’ve known for over 40 years. Darrell and I were discussing what real maturity as a Christian/Christian Leader actually looks like. What qualities or attributes would they have? Darrell  had been thinking a fair...

Four Habits for Building Healthy Relationships

The older I get, the more I realize that everything that's important in life and work revolves around healthy and nurturing relationships. Country singer, Alan Jackson sings a song titled "The Older I Get." In that song are these words, "The older I get the truer it...

IS DELAYED OBEDIENCE ACTUALLY DISOBEDIENCE?

  When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. ‘Zacchaeus!’ he said. Quick, come down! For I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down…" Luke 19:5,6 (NLT) (Underlining is mine.)       Jesus, I am reminded of Psalm...

8 Powerful Questions Leaders Should Frequently Ask

Good leaders are not doing all the talking but doing lots of listening. Your ears won't  get you into trouble. The wise leader knows that one of the keys to effective leadership is asking the right questions, not always focused on trying to give the right answers. Ron...

HOLDING DOWN A JOB OR FULFILLING A CALLING?

Quite often people are asked what they do for a living or what their job is and, quite understandably, they will respond with something along the lines of: I'm a school teacher, I'm in sales, I manage or own a business, I'm a computer programmer, I'm a software...

THE BEST MENTORS DO THESE SIX THINGS

Most of you reading these posts know that I am a leadership coach and consultant with both business leaders as well as church leaders. I've been doing this for 18 years now and simply love it. There are so many ways a coach/mentor can be of help to leaders trying be...

GOOD LEADERS ARE RISK TAKERS!

Okay, allow me to go out on a limb here and say that every true bona fide leader is a risk-taker at heart.  They have the gift of courage, the gift of taking healthy and appropriate chances, of fearlessly rolling the dice one more time (not literally, as in gambling)...

10 POTENTIAL IDOLS IN MY LIFE

The Bible is full of warnings about Idolatry. One verse that I return to over and over is 1 John 5:21 (NLT) "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts." I believe that it was John Calvin who observed that our hearts are Idol...

SEXUAL STUPIDITY

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read about some well-known movie star, a sport standout or successful businessman who has cheated on his wife or acted inappropriately with some woman (or women) to whom he’s not married. The “Me-Too-Movement” is bringing more of this...

10 Telltale Signs of Bad Church Leadership

Many of you reading these posts are in leadership at a local church. My experience has taught that there is both good and poor leadership in local churches. This leads to either healthy or not healthy cultures and and churches. Carey Nieuwhof share ten telltale signs...

SIX THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN ADDING PEOPLE TO YOUR TEAM

Nothing can either be of greater harm or of greater help than making good choices as to whom you ask to be part of what God is calling you and your team/church/organization to do. In Acts 1:24 the first disciples were trying to decide who should take Judas’ place....

Six Habits to Help You Hold On in Tough Times

It seems like there is always something "Tough" going on in the life of a leader. How do we stay anchored when the storms are all round us and, at time, in us? Rick Warren shares some habits and attitudes that will keep us tethered to Jesus in these inevitable storms....

7 Healthy Organization Characteristics

My experience has taught me that there are both healthy and unhealthy organizations in the body of Christ.--churches as well as non-profits. Here are some great thoughts from Ron Edmondson on characteristics of healthy organizations. Is there one of these that your...

More direction and less instruction

Recently, while reading a book about good leadership, I read that what many people need is more direction and less instruction. My first thought was that this idea would make a good post. Here it is! It’s been my conviction for quite some time that most people and...

Vapor, Inches, and Making the Most of the Time

The hourglass of time is running. You can't stop it, reverse it or demand a replay. What you can do is to wisely invest what you have. Your skill at making the most of your limited supply of time can make the difference between being a winner or a loser in the...

TWO THINGS ARE ESSENTIAL IN FINISHING WELL!

I assume that most of you who read these blogs are well aware of the fact that I am very fond of The Message by Eugene Peterson who recently passed away at the age of 85. I know that The Message is a paraphrase and not on par with a genuine translation. Peterson...

4 surprises all leaders face:

The leader's journey is often filled with surprises. Things that we believed that just weren't so, things we just didn't see coming, things that we overlooked or forgot. Dan Rockwell shares 4 surprises all leaders face. Which of these are surprises for you? Guest Post...

Two Relationship Killers

The older I get the more I’m beginning to understand how important relationships are in everything. My family My work My faith community \Lately, in my coaching of Christian leaders, I’m observing two things which seem to cause a great deal of harm. I’m thinking of...

10 Axioms About Leadership and Feedback

Feedback is the "Breakfast of Champions" for leaders. Some leaders get little to no feedback on how well they are leading. Some leaders get too much from the wrong people and are in pleasing everybody mode. Other leaders are insecure and afraid of any kind of...

AS A LEADER, HOW TO SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT!

There are lots of ways to destroy your leadership effectiveness. Which no leader wants to do, but nonetheless many walk down one of these roads and some never return. Here are a few to watch out for. ---Never say “no” to anyone, believing you have to be available to...

HAS UNITY (A GOOD THING) BECOME UNIFORMITY (A BAD THING)?

Unity is a good thing. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” Psalm 133:1 (ESV) “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with...

4 BAD HABITS THE WORST LEADERS LOVE

Through the years I've often said that becoming a good leader is a matter of breaking bad habits and building good habits. The longer I live the more I deeply believe this. Bad habits will get me in trouble and good habits will get me ahead in my leadership. Dan...

DON’T SELECT OR HIRE THIS PERSON TO BE ON YOUR TEAM!

I have (in previous articles and posts at davekraft.org) addressed the issue of the kinds of people you are looking for in order to hire or bring into your team.This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a leader. Currently, several of the men I...

Some Reasons You Feel Lonely In Leadership

Leadership can be lonely. It doesn't have to be, but it can be; and can be lots of the time. Carey Nieuwhof shares what  can contribute to this sense of loneliness. Guest Post by Carey Nieuwhof Ever wonder why leadership often feels so lonely? So have I. Talk to any...

“DO-ATTITUDES”- ENTHUSIASM

Last week I started a two-part series on Do-attitudes that go hand in glove with the beatitudes. Last week excellence; this week, enthusiasm. Whatever you DO, do it with ENTHUSIASM.  Dr. John Maxwell tells the story of being in a small plane with a pilot friend and...

Using Your Influence for Good

I have said that there are three kinds of leaders: Those who watch things happen Those who make things happen Those who don't know what's happening You, by His grace, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, will want to be a leader who makes things happen; a leader Who...

DO-ATTITUDES ~ EXCELLENCE

I guess I am not as smart as Robert Fulghum, because I didn't learn everything I needed to know in Kindergarten; but, I have learned an awful lot since. One of the things I have learned is that "When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done." Dawson Trotman,...

3 Unique Teams/Leaders That Lead Life Cycles

It takes different kinds of leaders and gift-sets to have a great team. Minimally we need idea generators and idea implementors. Teamwork makes the dream work. Ron Edmondson identifies the three key functions of leaders. Guest Post by Ron Edmondson Over time every...

ROOTS AND FRUIT

Jesus said, “By their fruit you shall know them.” Both fruit through the lives you are touching and the fruit of the Spirit are good indicators of your genuine walk with Jesus. One of the key ways to get better fruit is to have better roots. Do you want to get better...

3 Reasons Church Complexity Hurts Engagement

Recently I came across Ecclesiastes 8:16 NLT, "In my search for wisdom and in my observation of people's burdens here on earth, I discovered that there is ceaseless activity day and night."  I am still thinking about this and how descriptive it is of the times in...

THE OLDER I GET

The Older I get! I’ll be 84 at the end of 2023. These days it seems that I find myself thinking a lot more about life, death and leaving a lasting legacy. Every day I read the obits just to make sure my name isn’t there! Maybe I have 5-10 years left; obviously I don’t...

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DISAGREE WITH LEADERSHIP

We need to both stand up for our leaders, and stand up to our leaders. It takes lots of wisdom to know when to do what. When you strongly disagree with a decision or direction leaders make who are above you in your  organization, company, church or group, how should...

Allow me to Introduce you to a few of my “Best Friends.”

Many of you who read these posts at “Leadership From The Heart” know that one of my spiritual disciplines is memorizing, meditating on and applying Scripture. I have been doing this for 60 years. By His grace, this has changed me more than any other spiritual habit I...

12 REASONS MANY LEADERS/PASTORS ARE WORKAHOLICS

For myself, as well as lots of leaders, it's always a challenge to strike a good balance between work, personal life and family life. The work never seems to get finished. There's always one more person, one more project which requires my time and attention. I need to...

AS A LEADER, WHAT SHOULD YOU TRY TO CONTROL?

  We have all probably read a great deal about not being a controlling leader…not to micromanage those for whom you are responsible. Most see being a controlling leader in a bad light--not a good thing to do/be.  I suspect that there are two mistakes a leader can...

7 Signs The Insecure Leader on the Team…Is You

I have believed for years (and still do) that insecure leaders are dangerous leaders. I have experienced this in my own life and have addressed it numerous times on my website. Additionally, I have seen it played out in leaders with whom I have served over my 55 years...

Living and leading with specifics rather than generalities

I have been professionally coaching for 18 years now. I Love what I do. It’s a real joy to work with all kinds of people as I come along side helping them get to where they believe God wants them to be and where they’d like to be in life and work. I spend quite a bit...

Facing Our Fears in Faith

I'm lead to believe that the most often repeated command in the Bible is "Do Not Fear." We have lots of reasons to be fearful  these days, especially with the current circumstances going on all over the world with climate changes, the raging culture wars the political...

ONE OF THE MOST ENCOURAGING STATEMENTS I’VE EVER HEARD!

It was Will Rogers who said, “God must love the common man because he made so many of them.”  The apostle Paul reiterates this truth in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29: “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were...

7 Pivots I Had to Make to be a More Effective Leader

As a leader, making changes in the way you think, decide and behave is essential in leading well. If you keep doing what you've always done, then you'll keep getting what you've always gotten. Ron Edmondson shares some great thoughts on "Pivots" he had to make through...

4 Ways to Avoid Being a Distracted Leader

Recently I read across Ecclesiastes 8:16 in the NLT. "In my search for wisdom and in my observation of people's burdens here on earth, I discovered that there is ceaseless activity, day and night." My first thought was that I don't want to be that person. With the...

GRACE-DRIVEN DISCIPLINE

A while back, my wife Susan put something into my hands that was a game-changer for me.  Here it is:  “Ask your daughter to use five words to describe herself. Then ask her to use five words to describe you. Then you do the same. Back your five words up with...

THE 5 SKILLS LEADERS MUST MASTER

There are a variety of "Skill Sets" good leaders develop and use. Here are five by author David Dodson. Guest Post by Dan Rockwell David Dodson has an MBA from Stanford. He worked for McKenzie and Company. But he discovered what every manager knows, “… credentials are...

One Of The Best Leadership Books I’ve Read In Years

Not just another book about leadership with nice, but boring and same-old lists of attributes and characteristics that all great leaders have; along with a lengthy and detailed exposition of those traits. This book is markedly different! Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck...

NINE EMPTY DRAWERS!

I heard it years ago, but never forgot it.  (That seems to be a pattern with me in the way I learn…I read/hear something in a sermon, speech or at a conference  which hits me and it sticks with me.)  What did I hear? Okay here it is: Your mind is like a filing cabinet...

7 Stupid Distractions Every Leader Should Eliminate

"Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." ~ Psalm 90:12 ESV. It's not a matter of merely counting our days, but also making our days count--investing our time wisely. With technology as it is, we experience "Constant Connectivity" which can lead...

Two Views When Praying About Troubles We And Others Face

There are several people I’ve been praying for who were facing some significant health issues. Over time, the list kept growing. When I first started praying for these people whom I know and one whom I coach, these  three verses became my marching orders: “Large...

How God Spells Success

It's clear from Scripture that God defines success differently from the way many people do. What does success look like from His perspective? Rick Warren shares some very practical, helpful and applicable ideas on this critical question. Guest post by Rick Warren...

WHAT’S KEEPING YOU OUT OF “YOUR PROMISED LAND?”

  My daughter, Anna, sent me this. I thought it was worth passing along to all of you. "The children of Israel refused to go into the Promised Land because they feared the giants in the land. Therefore they all died in the wilderness except for Joshua and Caleb....

Advice for Leaders with a Million Good Ideas

There are two ingredients when it comes to ideas. Idea generation and idea implementation. Both are essential. At times, too many ideas can be generated by leaders which can frustrate those trying to make the ideas happen. If you are one of those leaders who has an...

I DON’T WANT TO BE EITHER OF THESE!

  I only heard it once, but it has fastened itself in my brain for 50 years. Susan and I were at a Navigator training program in our first year of marriage and Jack Mayhall, one of our regional leaders, said it. Before he described these two kinds of people, I...

The Biggest Way People on Your Team Know You Value Them

  Good leadership is focused on the people being led, not on the leader. People need and want to know that they are loved and valued. Not just for what they do, but for who they are as well. Pastor and author Eric Geiger shares some simple and powerful ways to...

HOW TO FACE RESISTANCE TO YOUR GREAT IDEAS

Leaders have ideas, are always thinking about their new ideas and are excited about their new ideas. Unfortunately when leaders begin to share their latest, greatest brightest ideas, there will be some pushback. How the leader handles these "Pushbacks" will either...

LIVING AND MINISTERING BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF ONE!

It hit hard and it hit home. It opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking about ministry and motives. In the NIV John 5:41 reads, “I do not accept praise from men.” In the NLT it reads, “Your approval or disapproval means nothing to me.” I knew the minute I read...

SIGNS OF LEADERSHIP FATIGUE

There are lots of tired leaders today. Some are a little tired, while others are very tired, are in trouble and need to address the issue before it gets worse.Chuck Lawless shares 15 signs of leadership fatigue.Please carefully and prayerfully look at each of these,...

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO…HUSTLE!

I was visiting a good friend and, as we passed through the garage into the house, I saw a poster sticking out of a box that read, “All good things come to those who…hustle!” If you’re like me, when I started to read it, I finished the sentence in my mind: “…come to...

Four evils that pass for good in Christian leadership

Bad habits, bad attitude and bad words can easily undue the fruitfulness and longevity  of a Christian leader. Cary Nieuwhof shares four evils that pass for good in Christian leadership. I personally find this provocative and convicting. These can ruin you quickly if...

Someday never comes

By now you know that I love music and think quite a bit about what I’m listening to or watching on U-Tube. Recently an old Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR)  song randomly popped up on Spotify.  It’s called  “Someday Never Comes.” Here are a few of the words: "First...

Don’t let the devil beat you up with a rearview mirror

As leaders, we can divide our time into three categories: Past Present Future I believe the key to a God-pleasing life is to learn from the past, prepare for the future but live in the present. Unfortunately, we tend to spend too much time regretting things in our...

The Head, Heart and Hands of Good Leadership

In an age where people desire and crave authenticity, genuineness and vulnerability you can no longer lead primarily from a position of knowledge and skill. Who you are and who you’re becoming carries the most weight with those you’re privileged to lead. Sadly, it’s...

5 Hidden Fears of Many Leaders

Leaders face all kinds of fears; some imagined some real. Some are obvious and some may be hidden, under the surface and not easily identified. When I was a member of Toastmasters it was well known that the biggest fear many people have is speaking in public. Some...

3 Reasons Leaders Are Wise to Recognize Their Weaknesses

You've heard, as I have, that leaders should play to their strengths and not focus on their weaknesses. But that's not to say we should be oblivious to our weaknesses. We need to know what they are and build a complementary team around us to compensate for those...

HOW TO FIND THE FREEDOM OF SELF-FORGETFULNESS

Tim Keller, who recently passed, wrote an entire book on Self-Forgetfulness--The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness.It's a great read. Real joy and true fruitfulness as a leader is all about focusing on others, not yourself. Leadership is not primarily about the leader,...

LEADERSHIP IS ALL ABOUT “ASKING.”

  There is a short, profound, and yet simple, statement in the book of James: “…yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” James 4:2b (NLT)    I want to expand on the idea about “asking” by suggesting that leadership--good leadership,...

Advice for young leaders

Here is a long list of ideas for younger leaders. What's here also applies to leaders of any age, men and women. Lots of great advice here. Rather than feeling overwhelmed or not reading through the list at all, why not slowly and prayerfully read through what's here...

The 4-H Club for Leaders

4-H is the premier youth development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Originating in the early 1900’s as “four-square education,” the 4-H’s (head-heart-hands-health) seeks to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning and engage youth...

This is what good leadership looks like!

I believe leaders need to be clear as to what they are all about. They need clarity as to what they should be primarily focused on. There are too many distractions that pull leaders off mission doing what they should not be spending time and energy on. Justin Anderson...

LITTLE BOXES THAT ALL LOOK JUST THE SAME

LITTLE BOXES   A few years ago I took two of my grand daughters to see the movie "Box Trolls" when it first came out. They enjoyed it and I thought it was cute. Then, as the credits were rolling at the end of the movie, they played a song that was recorded by Malvina...

Three Questions to Help You Discover Your Life purpose

I have read of several surveys recently taken as to what people are looking for and want most. What seems to be rising to the surface is knowing their life purpose. Why am I here? hat should I be giving my time, my energy my life to? Most people want a worthy cause to...

ARE YOU AN ANGRY LEADER?

As I was spending some time in Titus recently, here are some of my thoughts as I meditated on Titus 1:7 An elder (leader) must live a blameless life because he is God's servant. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or...

5 Words for an Overwhelmed Leader

I recall a number of years ago that I heard a speaker from another part of the country say that most of the people he knew were overwhelmed and over-committed. Things  haven't changed much in the ensuing years. Many leaders feel like they are lying on a beach with...

THE HEALTHY LEADER. ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?

  It was the crash heard around the Christian world. Yet another well know leader took a fall. It was more than a fall…it was an emotional, physical and spiritual meltdown. He was honest enough to write and speak about it. It would be understandable and tolerable if...

5 Reminders on Different Seasons in Leadership

There are seasons in a leader’s life and work. It’s helpful to know what season you are in and what can be expected in that season. Eric Geiger shares 5 reminders on different seasons in leadership. Guest Post by Eric Geiger The Apostle Paul gave three different...

SINCERE OR SPECTACULAR?

"Are we trying to pat ourselves on the back? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart before God." -2 Corinthians 5:12, NLT   Jesus, Wow! Having a sincere...

5 WAYS TO EXPOSE YOUR INNER CRITIC

Someone once said to me, "Dave, when you talk to yourself, watch your language!" Good advice I've tried to never forget. Most every leader engages in self-talk at one time or the other. I know I do. What are we saying to ourselves?  Positive or negative things?...

IMPOSSIBILITY THINKING

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, - Ephesians 3:20 (ESV) God can do anything you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams - Ephesians 3:20...

Four Keys for Success in Your Work

The Lord wants you to be successful in the work He has called you to do;  with his definition of success in mind, not how the world may define success. Rick. Warren shares four key for success in your work. Guest Post by Rick Warren No matter what you do vocationally,...

They say it every single Sunday at this church!

  There's a church here in Southern California which I know of where every Sunday the preacher of the morning holds up the Bible and they all say together the following: “This is my Bible…it’s God speaking to me. I am who it says I am I can do what it says I can...

8 PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

In an age of rushing and dashing from one thing to the other, with precious little time given to sitting quietly and asking ourselves proving questions, it's  good to take time to do exactly that. Ron Edmondson suggests eight questions to ask ourselves; painful but...

Are you a Confusing or a Confused leader?

This past week I had a coaching call with one of my clients who attended a conference at a large church in Texas. He shared one of his take-aways with me. One of the speakers mentioned the difference between being confusing and being confused. As we apply this to...

3 Spiritual Phrases Christian Leaders Should Stop Saying

As Christian leaders, it's easy to repeat and pass along phrases that simply aren't true or helpful. They're old cliches that have been thrown out there without much serious consideration. Cary Nieuwhof share three of them that we should stop saying. Guest post by...

It all comes down to two essential truths

I like to keep things simple and easy to understand, both in the way I live and in the way I lead. Here are two foundational ideas to stay focused on until the day He takes me home. Passion for Jesus and love for people. In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus responding to a...

Developing a Habit of Personal Discipline

"The road to life is a disciplined life" Proverb 10:17 The Message. Every leader I've ever known or worked with struggles with discipline in some way or another. I know I do. Everything in our culture works against us living disciplined lives. Rick Warren shares some...

7 Default Actions All Leaders Should Have – Or Consider

Leaders make decisions. That's what leaders do. Sometimes the choice is clear and at other times it's not. Ron Edmondson shares some default actions leaders should have and be prepared to take. Guest post by Ron Edmondson I have some default actions in my leadership...

THE LEADER WHO CAN EXECUTE

I remember it very clearly. The meeting had ended--one more in a long string of meetings to discuss essentially the same issue; but I did not forget the lesson I learned. Two of my leaders, higher up the organizational food chain, approached me from either side of the...

Are you enduring or enjoying?

“…they were filled with joy when they saw their Lord.” -John 20:20, NLT Jesus, thank you for the joy I experience most of the time. I have great joy in seeing you at work around me, in my family and among those I am privileged to work with. Your joy is my strength...

3 WAYS TO PRACTICE STEADY-ON LEADERSHIP

If there's one things I believe I've learned through the years it's wisdom in pacing myself; moving at a challenging but not insane pace. I don't want to burn out or rust out but live out. "Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the...

LEARNING FROM FRED

In 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt visited the home of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who was 92 years old. The aging Supreme Court Justice was sitting in his library reading Plato. “May I ask you why you’re reading Plato, queried the President?”  “Certainly, Mr....

WHO ARE YOU BECOMING? PART 2

On April 21st, I posted the first of a two-part series on, Who are you becoming. Who are you… who are you in Jesus and who is Jesus in you? The key question in life is who you think you are. In addition to asking the question of who you are, a question that should...

The 3 Kinds of Leaders You See In A Crisis

If you've been a leader for any length of time you know that it's not always smooth sailing and blue skies. Unfortunate things happen along the way. It's not what happens to us as leaders, but how we respond to what happens to us and those we lead that makes all the...

WHO ARE YOU BECOMING? PART 1

When conducting my Leaders Who Last seminars, I begin with the person and work of Jesus Christ. I challenge those in attendance to consider the question: Who are you... who are you in Jesus and who is Jesus in you? The key question in life is who you think...

Six Principles for Getting People to Work Together

It took me a number of years to understand the value and necessity of working together with others to accomplish God-pleasing dreams and goals. Now, whenever an opportunity comes my way, my first thought is who can I recruit to work with me on the idea? You may have...

Growing in Prayer

A thought I had recently was that the level of maturity for leaders can partly be revealed by the nature of their praying. A number of years ago while on staff at a church here in Southern California, I was  among a group of leaders who combed through and prayed...

7 Guarantees I Can Make About Leadership

In leadership there are certainties and there are uncertainties. There are some things that are guaranteed to happen. Ron Edmondson shares some of these with us. Very insightful and certainly true in my experience. Guest post by Ron Edmondson I can make some...

10 Axioms About Leadership and Feedback

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. As a leader, you may think you are doing just fine, but without appropriate, helpful and timely feedback from those looking to you for leadership, you may be living in a fantasy world of your own making. Eric Geiger shares great...

THE BLESSING OF BREVITY

I had the privilege of being a member of Toastmasters International for 18 years. It was one of the most profitable learning experiences of my life.  I learned a ton about leadership and communication. One thing that I think most of you might find interesting is that...

HE IS RISEN!

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End! He is the keeper of Creation and the architect of the universe. He always was, He always is, and He always will be... Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone! He was bruised and brought healing! He was...

4 WAYS TO STOP SAYING THINGS YOU REGRET

Words can help and words can harm. Every leader needs lots of wisdom in determining what to day and what not to say. For the most part, leaders do a lot of talking; maybe too much. Dan Rockwell shares some helpful thoughts to help us stop saying things we'll regret!...

THE FINE PRINT IN THE LEADERSHIP CONTRACT!

Have you ever been fooled or misled with the fine print in a contract? Have you ever been deceived by being told one thing only to find out that the fine print in the contract said something quite different? Have you ever been asked to sign something with somebody...

Pressing on and not giving up when it’s really tough

  Perhaps you've heard it said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, sometimes that's true and sometimes it's not. At certain points in life when the going gets tough we give up or quit. How do you keep going when it's really, really tough and...

6 Reasons You Feel Lonely In Leadership

Leaders can get lonely and feel lonely at times; maybe much of the time. We can be misunderstood, criticized, blamed or gossiped about. Carey Nieuwhof shares some reasons why we feel lonely in leadership. Guest Post by Carey Nieuwhof Ever wonder why leadership often...

High turnover? What to do about it

Like me, you may have heard it said that people don’t leave organizations, they leave bosses. To a large extent, I believe this is true. You may have a very good job with a very good organization. But if you have (in your estimation) a not-so-good boss,...

12 STEPS TOWARD DELEGATING BETTER

For years I'v said, "Delegate or Suffocate." Some leaders have a difficult time delegating decision-making authority to others. There may be a number of reasons for this.  They don't really trust others on the team to do an adequate job. They fear that delegated...

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

If money was not an issue, and you were guaranteed success, what would you attempt for God? What would you try that you have never tried before? What would you begin believing that you have never believed before? What would you seriously start dreaming about that you...

4 Types Of Thinking That Will Sabotage Your Leadership

Excellent leaders are always growing in their thinking. Learning how to thinking deeper and better. Learning how to thinking outside the box with creativity and innovation.  However, as a leader, you can fall into the trap of certain kinds of thinking which can...

The Significant Six!

Those of you who regularly read my posts know that memorizing, meditating on, praying over and applying Scripture is my most transformative spiritual discipline. You’ve probably heard of the Fab Four and the Magnificent Seven! I have compiled a list of...

9 Steps to Breaking a Bad Habit

For a few years now I've been saying and writing that to a large extent, living the life of a Christian leader fruitfully and successfully is (by the power of the Holy Spirit and for the honor of Jesus) a matter of breaking bad habits and building good habits. A lot...

ENTITLEMENT OR EXPECTATIONS?

Okay, it’s official…“selfie” a few years ago was announced by the Oxford Dictionary as a new word. Selfie is taking a picture of yourself. “Selfie” carries with it a perceived or potential inordinate focus on oneself and has been around since the Garden of Eden—you,...

How Healthy Teams Respond to New Ideas

How a team receives and processes new ideas, even crazy ones, reveals a lot about that team. You want to create a culture where people feel free to share new ideas and all types of different thinking and solutions are welcomed and encouraged. Ron Edmondson shares some...

“When I run, I feel His pleasure”

The film “Chariots of Fire” was released to great acclaim in 1981. It is the heart-warming story of China missionary and Olympic runner Eric Liddell. There are many memorable moments in the film, but my favorite is when Eric is trying to explain to his sister Jenny...

5 Steps to Plan Annual Training for Your Team

Investing in your team; pouring into them, offering development so that they can be the best disciple and make their best contribution in their assigned roles and responsibilities takes lots of intentionality and time. Eric Geiger shares some key steps for the annual...

DO YOU TRULY ENJOY YOUR JOB AS VALERIE DID?

I’ve just got to tell you about Valerie. I was with her for just 45 minutes, but it felt like I knew her for years. She was the sole flight attendant on a United flight from Wash, DC to State College, PA as I was heading to conduct a Leaders Who Last seminar. She...

4 SURPRISING THINGS LEADERS AREN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR

As a leader, it's helpful to understand what you are and what you aren't responsible for. Taking on the wrong responsibilities can greatly lessen your leadership effectiveness and longevity. Dan Rockwell shares 4 surprising things leaders aren't responsible for. Guest...

THROWING THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER

Quite a few years ago, a well-known pastor and author admitted to being unfaithful to his wife. He confessed and owned it and went through a restoration and reconciliation process. As a result of this news, a Christian bookstore I knew of removed all of this author’s...

THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED LEADERSHIP SIN!

Comparing: It’s been somewhat of a problem and a temptation for me for as long as I can remember. In high school I was often guilty of it. I got my sense of self-esteem, self-worth and self-identity by comparing myself with others. How was I looking, how was I doing,...

5 Thoughts on the Asbury Revival

Unless you are living on another planet, you've heard about the Asbury Revival and read various comments. What to make of it? Opinions are all over the map. Carey Nieuwhof shares 5 thoughts for leaders to consider about what's happening. Originally published by Carey...

Five Marks of Spiritual Maturity

There's this notion out there that the more you know the more mature you are; information equals transformation. This or that person or leader is so biblically knowledgable, they must be mature. This is especially dangerous for leaders and is one of those things that...

10 Indicators You’ve Become An Unaware Leader

It's totally possible that a leader might not have a clear understanding or an erroneous idea of what's really going on within what he/she is leading. There can be a number of reasons for this. As a leader, how would you know if this is the case for you? Ron Edmondson...

EXECUTING CONSISTENTLY WITH EXCELLENCE

I had a fascinating coaching call recently with a businessman in which he said that his boss had moved him from the good group to the excellent group in his company. I thought of Jim Collin’s book, “Good to Great” along these lines. As we unpacked how he was...

10 Axioms About Leadership and Feedback

Leaders are learners. When they stop learning, they stop leading. One of the best ways of learning is to listen well to those on your team looking to you for leadership. One very critical way of listening to those on your team is by receiving feedback, whether...

Go-Getters or Go-Givers?

I’m assuming we’ve all heard someone described as a “Go-Getter.” It’s usually meant as a compliment. This is characterizing a person who: Initiates things without being told or asked Gets the ball into the net Finishes what they start Completes important tasks Has...

2 DANGERS FOR ARROGANT LEADERS

It's been my experience and observation that arrogant leaders don't see it in themselves, but others can readily see it. I have asked myself over the years why success and accomplishments don't lead to humility and gratitude rather than arrogance and pride. I'm still...

THE CONTROLLING POWER OF BITTERNESS

Many moons ago I took a prayer walk with a mentor of mine. When we returned, standing in front of his home, he asked me if I would l pray something for him. I of course I assured him that I would. He then asked me to pray that he wouldn't die a bitter old man. How...

Three Core Competencies Every Leader Needs To Develop

1. Thinking Strategically As it regards people and tasks, leaders need to be thinking about the present and about the future at the same time —not either/or but both/and. Some leaders are so focused on the daily, short-range issues that little time is spent peering...

The 5 Temptations of a Struggling Leader

Leaders face temptations just like everyone else. I find it interesting that the well-know verse about our enemy ("Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." ~ I Peter 5:8 ESV) is located in a...

It’s still my desire after 63 years

On February 24th, I celebrate 63 years as a Christian. In the early days there was a gospel chorus we sang at my church in Palm Springs, California: “My desire to be like Jesus My desire to be like Him His spirit fill me His love Or’whelm me In word and deed To be...

MONKEY TRAPS & QUESTIONS ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE

My experience has taught me that I will eventually get myself into trouble as a leader if I'm holding on tightly to something or someone other than Jesus. Whatever that something or someone is can become a functional idol for me; a counterfeit God! Lead Pastor Brad...

Enemy # 1 for Most Christian Leaders

We had been considering a long-term working relationship, but that all changed in the blink of an eye. It seemed to come out of nowhere. He shouted at me in anger, his face red with emotion. “Just remember one thing, I am in charge around here, not you.” I was...

Get clarity on key social issues. Where do we stand?

The secular culture around us is a fast moving river that is constantly changing and shifting; more quickly than it ever has. As Christian leaders both in the church and in the market place, we need to have clarity on what we believe and where we stand on key issues...

Don’t Practice What You Preach!

Everyone reading this has probably heard the statement, “Practice What You Preach.” Today, let’s have a slightly different take on this and talk about times when you need to practice what you don’t preach. We preach get a good’s nights sleep We preach try to not work...

8 Steps of Making Wise Decisions

Leadership is all about making decisions. The more the responsibility the more may be riding on each decision you and your team make. Rick Warren shares some timely advice about making decisions as we are embarking on a brand new year, with brand new opportunities as...

PRAIRIE CHICKEN OR EAGLE, WHICH ARE YOU MORE LIKE?

In his book “The Pursuit of Excellence” Ted W. Engstrom shares the story of a Native American brave who discovers an eagle’s egg and hides it in the nest of a prairie chicken. The little eagle eventually was hatched along with the other chicks and grew up assuming it...

7 Really Good Reasons for a Leader to Say NO

An observation I have is that leaders at times say yes to a request or opportunity which they should have said no to. With His help, we need to say yes to less. We need to say no to a lot of things so we can say yes to a few things that are the most important things...

LIVING A BALANCED LIFE? IMPOSSIBLE?

Attaining balance is a hopeless dream…it will never happen…why strive for it? Is this really true? Is living in balance as a disciple of Jesus, a leader, a biblical concept? Is the current leadership “rat race,” that most leaders I know find themselves in, a...

Wise Leaders Know Who to Ignore and Who to Instruct

There are all kinds of people a leader could spend time with. Who you choose to invest in depends on a variety of factors. A leader needs to choose to whom he/she will allocate "People-Time. You can meet with everyone who would like to have lunch with you or chat with...

Three things leaders need to KNOW!

1.  KNOW the Lord I realize that I may be preaching to the choir here, but there’s a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God. J.I. Packer’s famous book was “Knowing God”—not knowing about God.  Additionally, it’s not a matter of only initially...

5 STEPS TO MAKING HABITS THAT CREATE YOUR FUTURE

I truly believe that much of successful life and leadership is, by His grace, learning to break bad habits and build good ones. Most excellent leaders have established really good habits and rhythms in their lives and work. Dan Rockwell shares 5 steps to making habits...

Two secrets to Billy Graham’s fruitfulness and longevity

The year was 1964 and I was in San Diego to counsel at a Billy Graham crusade.  It was a Sunday evening youth meeting at College Avenue Baptist Church and the speaker was Grady Wilson, one of Billy’s associate evangelists. When Grady finished speaking they had a...

Living with the Tension Between Contentment and Ambition

I’ve shared a struggle I’m experiencing with both family and leaders. Most seem to identify and resonate with it. I want to be content and satisfied with what God is doing—with the opportunities He allows to come my way. I want to be okay if little comes my way. At...

THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF SIN

Sin is not a popular topic to think about and talk about. From a leadership perspective, too many leaders disqualify themselves due to sin of various kinds. Too many leaders think that what they do in private has no effect in their leadership responsibilities. Nothing...

GOOD LEADERS TAKE COMPLICATED CONCEPTS AND MAKE THEM SIMPLE

A few years ago, at a leadership conference, two words were written on a whiteboard with an arrow pointing from “Here to There." I have heard a lot of definitions of leaders and descriptions of what leadership is all about, but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard it...

7 Ways to Persist in Ministry

As leaders, sometimes we just want to quit, give up, throw in throw in the towel. We feel we've had enough, can't take it any more. We are jaded, discouraged, disappointed, maybe even depressed. How do you dig deep, go back to your calling, God's promises and His...

God-given or  Ego-driven?

As a Christian leader, why I do what I do is critical to God-honoring work. Many years ago I came across 1st Corinthians 4:5 in the Living Bible: “So be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether someone is a good servant or not. When the...

4 Reasons to Hate Policies – 4 Ways to Improve Them

Rules and policies are always a topic of discussion in leadership circles. How many rules and how many policies are necessary to keep people motivated and engaged? When do they actually harm and hinder rather than help? Ron Edmondson shares some excellent thoughts on...

What’s my secret

Perhaps you’ve seen an interview with an older person in which they’re asked their secret to longevity. You might hear a variety of answers—everything from staying calm and serene and not letting anything get to you, exercising regularly, paying close attention...

Leader: Are You Refusing or Receiving Accountability?

When we view the leadership landscape, we will discover that one important piece which is often missing is accountability. Some leaders seek it out knowing the many benefits, while others avoid it completely. Eric Geiger poses some excellent questions for Christian...

THREE SECRETS TO LEADERSHIP LONGEVITY

In their heart of hearts, every leader wants to finish well. Nobody enters leadership with the desire to fail! I’m convinced that every leader deeply desires to get to the end of the race, hit the ribbon in full stride and hear the wonderful words of Jesus, “Well done...

The most important aspect of effective Christian leadership

Growing in prayer as a leader At this stage in my life and ministry, and given what I’ve learned about good leadership, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the secrets to longevity and fruitfulness as a leader is dependence on God and not depending on myself, my...

A new year, a new focus

Years ago I purchased a small book at my local library titled, "If you don't know where you're going you'll probably end up somewhere else." Unfortunately there are lots of people today who are ending up somewhere else and can't figure out how they got there. Dan...

How could something so small cause problems so big?

It's smaller than a grain of sand, but what a wallop it packed. It all started on Monday, December 12th. I began to feel some serious pain on the left side of my stomach and back and over the next day or two, it got increasingly worse. The pain got so bad that I...

8 REASONS WHY GOD CALLS US TO WAIT

As a leader, the hardest thing for me to do is to wait. I tend to press ahead to make things happen and can be very impatient waiting for God's timing on things. I have sinned more over the issue of impatience than anything else I can think of. Chuck Lawless shares...

Your Highest Calling

Every Christian has three callings as they walk with Jesus. A calling to Salvation A calling to Sanctification A calling to Service There is no such thing as a Christian who is not called to serve in some capacity using the gifts God has given. Brad Jenkins, Lead...

GREATNESS? BORN WITH IT OR DEVELOP IT?

Most of us know about best selling author Jim Collins’ book, “Good to Great.” I think it is biblical and admirable to aspire to be a great leader--not just an average or good leader.  It seems to me that there are two questions here. 1.  What does a great leader...

We need to move a little faster!

For years I have said that leaders make two kinds of mistakes. They either move too quickly or they move too slowly. Most everything you read today is telling us to slow down and smell the roses; take your time and don't be in too big of a hurry. It takes lots of...

ALLOWING COMPETENCE TO REPLACE CHARACTER

At almost 83 years of age I believe I have earned the right to begin making some observations and drawing some conclusions about life and leadership.  One of these is that when it comes to long-term fruitfulness as a Christian leader, competence is overrated and...

Six Questions to Ask Before Making a Decision

We all make multiple decisions every day. Those of us in a leadership role make decisions that affect other people. The more responsibility you cary as a leader, the more may be riding on the decisions you make. Leaders want to make the best decisions. Rick Warren...

FOUR EASY STEPS IN BECOMING A CONTROLLING LEADER!

A controlling leader is one of the most destructive forms of leadership there is. It is a momentum and morale killer and leaves many “dead” bodies in its wake. I have worked with more than my share of them. One thing I’ve discovered is that many of them don’t see it....

The Leader Sets the Bar for the Organization

As the leader goes, so goes the organization being led. The leader needs to model and live out certain qualities for the organization to become and stay healthy. Ron Edmondson shares some critical ways the leader sets the bar. Originally published by Ron Edmondson If...

GOALS AND DREAMS

A number of years ago my wife Susan watched the movie South Pacific again. What fun to listen to those songs that were first introduced in the 50’s that we with great joy could still sing. This movie first came out in 1958, the year both Susan and I graduated high...

6 Types of “Dangerous Charisma”

We have all seen our share of charismatic leaders who have self-destructed. There needs to be other qualities beyond "Charisma" to be a God-pleasing Christian leader. There are dangers ahead when these other components are simply missing. Eric Geiger shares 6 types of...

EIGHT OF THE HARDEST KINDS OF PEOPLE TO LEAD!

Now every person on planet earth has a little of one or more of these, but I’m talking about those who have it in spades. It dominates/colors everything they do and say to the extent that it significantly harms them and others. Here are eight that I can think of: 1....

4 WAYS TO LEAD WITH COURAGE TODAY

Courage is critical to good leadership. Courage to do the right thing. Courage to have the difficult conversations. Courage to make the hard decisions. Courage to stand firm when it seems that everyone is against you. Dan Rockwell shares 4 ways to lead with courage....

STEPS TO IDENTIFYING A FUTURE LEADER!

Everywhere I go in my travels, I hear one thing over and over. We just don’t have enough leaders. I tell current leaders to look around them. You won’t find perfect leaders who have everything figured out and have all the character, Christlikeness, competence and...

RICHARD SWENSON ON OUR NEED TO BUILD MARGIN INTO OUR LIVES

Most everything that has been said about creating and keeping margins in our life and work has been said. Few were listening, so it needs to be said again. "We need to be reminded more than instructed." ~ Samuel Johnson Originally published by Chuck Lawless A friend...

MAKING GOOD DECISIONS; WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO!

Leaders make decisions. That’s one of their responsibilities. That’s what they get paid to do. They make decisions about people, about direction, about new ideas, about the future and about what’s best for the group or organization. The higher the position and the...

DEVELOPING AN “ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE.”

 A verse we are all probably familiar with is 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ESV   You have heard, as I have, sermons that stress that the verse says in all...

Satan’s 5 Favorite Strategies

I find it very interesting and instructive that the often quoted " Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8 ESV) is in a passage dealing with leaders and leadership. If you are a...

YOU NEED TO CLARIFY YOUR CALLING

No matter what type of service you decide to step into for Jesus, having a strong sense of being called to do that is of paramount importance. My experience is that not hearing from God on where you serve can be a mistake; especially if you believe you are being led...

When it’s time to let a person go

The two most important decisions you can make as a leader is 1) Who you prayerfully and carefully bring on to team, and 2) When it becomes painfully clear that you need to let someone go. Here is some very wise and good advice from Brian Howard, the Executive Director...

CRITICAL FACTORS FOR SUCCESS

I believe that everyone wants to be successful in life/work/ministry/family, regardless of how they may define success. No one has an expressed purpose, or innate desire to fail, although some do.  I don’t think that anyone wakes up one morning to the realization that...

Finding the Strength to Endure

For every leader, there are times when it's just plain hard. Difficult decisions to make. Difficult people to lead, develop and care for. Difficult issues to wrestle with. The temptation is there to quit. Throw in the towel. Declare it over. How do you find the...

LEARNING LEADERSHIP FROM MICKEY MOUSE AND DISNEY!

You probably know by now that I am a leadership freak. I am fascinated and drawn to anything (movies, books, articles and music) that teaches me something about leadership. I believe that.  “Everything stands or falls on leadership,” to quote John Maxwell. That’s...

10 Ways Leaders Can Add Value to People

Good leadership is all about adding value to those you lead. There are numerous ways this can be done. Ron Edmondson shares ten of these with us. I think they are spot on and very relevant for any leader in any context. Originally published by Ron Edmondson If you are...

MAKING THE BEST OF YOUR JOB THE MOST OF YOUR JOB!

Making the best of your job the most of your job is a thought from Marcus Buckingham. Marcus has written two books that have been immensely helpful to lots of people and you will find “Book Notes” on my blog for them: 1.  “Go Put Your Strengths to Work” 2. ...

3 Ways to Recover Enthusiasm for Your Current Role

Genuine enthusiasm is contagious and wonderful. Over time that enthusiasm will wane and need to be rekindled for your sake, the sake of the team and for the sake of the kingdom. Eric Geiger shares three simple ways to recover enthusiasm for your current role and...

A LEADER IS A DREAMER!

They said it would never work, that it would lose money, that people wouldn’t come to see it. He had a dream and was motivated to invest a lot of his own money into the project. He, in actuality, staked his entire reputation on the three-hour epic of which he was the...

4 SIMPLE WAYS TO QUIET A NEED TO BE LIKED

It was Pastor Eric Geiger who said, "If you goal in life is to keep everybody happy, don't be a leader, sell ice cream. As a leader there is a constant temptation to say things, do things and decide things that will keep you popular and liked. It's a dangerous road to...

A week in the life of a leader

Most leaders I know struggle with how to invest their time and energy on a daily and weekly basis. Recently I learned from blogger and writer Michael Hyatt something that I have shared with dozen’s of leaders over the last few years. It’s a simple but profound way to...

A THREE-FOLD PROCESS FOR LEADERSHIP MATURITY

Though the years I've often wondered why some Christians in general and leaders in particular seem to continue to grow and mature and others stagnate or plateau. I have come to the conclusion that part (not all) of the answer lies in what they do with the truth they...

Living for Audience of One

I believe it was Os Guinness who first used this phrase. The concept always forces leaders to ask themselves who they are trying to please. It's very tempting to try to please people and to do what I do with them in mind, rather than doing what I do with God in mind....

Seven things that can sink your “Leader-Ship”

It always grieves my heart when I read or know of  leaders who have disqualified themselves. It not only hurts them but the team they lead, the organizations they serve and the worthy cause and vision they pursue.  There are a lot of things which can sink...

Leadership means being responsible

Some people would like to have the privilege of leadership, but not the price of leadership. There are great joys and satisfactions in being a leader and influencing others, but at the same time there are great costs and difficulties. Leadership is all about serving...

TAKING POSSESSION OF OUR POSSESSIONS!

Are you taking possession of your possessions? David Bertch and I have been friends for over 58 years. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas and we have a phone call once a month to sharpen one another as disciples and leaders. (Proverb 27:17) In one of our calls, he quoted...

6 Truths to Keep in Mind When Tempted to People-Please

A well known comedian once said that he wasn't sure he knew the secret to success, but he did know the secret to failure and that was to try and keep everybody happy. I couldn't agree more. I have been guilty of this over the years. It's a no-win-game. Pastor and...

The most important time of your day

There are morning people who are most alert and awake early in the day. They wake up and say, “Good morning, Lord.”  Then there are evening people who are most alert and awake late in the day. They wake up and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” Then there are some...

5 Principles of Leadership from the Life of David

Being that my name is David, I identify with King David in so many ways. I have studied his life many times through the years--the good, the bad and the ugly. There is so much to learn about leadership from him. Ron Edmondson shares five leadership principles from the...

SIX ESSENTIALS TO BECOMING AN EXCELLENT LEADER

In my experience, any significant endeavor in sports, music, business or ministry has a few essentials that, if paid attention to, can make all the difference and, if ignored, can create all the dangers. Generally speaking, there are not dozens of “essentials” in any...

Stop Trying to Graduate from Leadership Basics

With anything in life, there are basics; whether learning a new skill set at work, playing a musical instrument, learning to play a sport well or growing as a leader in some type of ministry assignment. I love 2 Timothy 2:14 in The Message, "Repeat these basic...

7 CHARACTERISTICS OF DISCIPLE-MAKING PASTORS

It's clear that we are commanded to "Make Disciples" in Matthew 28:18-20. However, it's been my experience that very few pastors and Christian leaders actually invest in individuals to help them grow as disciples and invest in others to help them become leaders. Most...

Personal and Organizational Clarity

I have run into it quite a few times in the last several weeks. I see it played out in the lives of leaders I coach as well as in the organizations, ministries and groups they lead. It muddies the waters, abates progress, causes misunderstanding, miscommunication and...

5 Things You Say That Kill Your Leadership

The words we speak to those we lead can be powerfully good or powerfully bad. Words can make or break our leadership effectiveness. Carey Nieuwhof shares 5 things you say that can kill your leadership. Originally published by Carey Nieuwhof The innocent phrases you...

THE BEST OF LEADERSHIP IN ONE AMAZING AND SIMPLE VERSE

As many of you know, I try to memorize a new verse or short passage each month. I select the verse(s) from my journaling in my daily time in Scripture. Here is one example: “Israel’s leaders took charge (“took the lead” ESV) and the people gladly followed. Praise the...

Things to pay attention to when bringing on a new person

Making good decisions when bringing on new people is one of the critical issues that come up over and over in my coaching. Selecting the wrong person can, over time, derail most everything you are trying to achieve and dreaming about. Justin Anderson shares six things...

Learning 4 key ideas from the dean of leadership gurus!

The person who possibly has done the best writing on leadership was Warren Bennis. He moved to the University of Southern California's business school in 1979. There he would advise CEOs and American presidents, found a leadership institute, mentor students and work...

5 Warning Signs of a Cult Masked as a Church

This recently came to my inbox. It contains some good insight and wisdom. If you are in a situation where some of this resonates with you, please start asking some honest and probing questions to ascertain what's going on. Unfortunately, there are some toxic and...

LOYALTY GONE AMOK

A few years ago I read a very insightful and extremely helpful book which sits on my bookshelf among a handful of books (about 10) that I call “Must Reads” for leaders.  The book is titled “The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders,” by Ira...

5 Ways to Relax in God’s Goodness

With the fast paced culture we live in, it's not easy to rest and relax in the grace and peace that Jesus offers us. There's always one more email to answer, one more call to return or one more person that needs our attention. At times we can't seem to slow down, to...

Boundaries are fast disappearing

Years ago Lorne Sanny, President of the Navigators, made the following statement: “If your input doesn’t exceed your output, then your upkeep will be your downfall.” It sounds trite, but it’s also profound. Part of these inputs are: SleepRestExerciseEating...

7 Lies We Believe As Pastors

As pastors or leaders, there are lies we can believe which will hurt us, the people and the work to which He has called us . Mark Twain allegedly said, "It Ain’t What You Don’t Know That Gets You Into Trouble. It’s What You Know for Sure That Just Ain’t So." Ron...

RELATIONAL GAMES LEADERS CAN PLAY

 I read a quote by Colin Powell: “Trust is the glue that holds an organization together and the lubricant that keeps it moving.” I believe that establishing and maintaining trust in a relationship, a team or an organization is the most important thing that needs...

3 Types of Visionaries, Which One Are You?

I believe that every true leader is a visionary at heart. They see what others don't see. They see before others may see. They see what looks impossible as being possible. However, all visionaries are not alike. Author Dan Reiland unpacks for us three types of...

IS “YES” YOUR FINAL ANSWER?

There is an apocryphal story about Jesus returning to heaven after His death and resurrection.  The host of heaven is rejoicing over the victory and the question is raised as to what Jesus has done to insure that the message of the good news will be spread. “What is...

5 Ways Insecurity Damages the Team

Insecure leaders are generally bad leaders. It is mostly about them, not about the Lord or the people they lead. They wind up hurting the team big time. Eric Geiger shares 5 ways insecure leaders damage the teams they lead. Originally published by Eric Geiger...

MUCH OF IT BOILS DOWN TO JUST ONE THING!

It all basically comes down to one thing…in many cases: HABITS! I had a coaching call with one of my clients recently and the entire call was pretty much a discussion about some bad habits he had gotten into and what he needed to do to break the vicious cycle and...

THE TOP 4 MISTAKES BUSY LEADERS MAKE

I believe most of you know I wrote a book Mistakes Leaders Make. I am always interested in learning what leaders do well to help them be fruitful in their roles and responsibilities, but am also interested in understanding what leaders do poorly that leads to bad...

Serving based on gifting, training or obedience 

I think it’s good to begin with the biblical idea that every Christian is saved to serve. Some will serve inside the church as paid staff, but most will wind up serving outside the church in their God-given vocation. I believe that every regular church attender should...

EVIDENCES YOU MIGHT HAVE STOPPED GROWING AS A LEADER

I believe that all healthy things grow. This applies to plants, children, organizations, churches and leaders. When a leader stops growing we are in trouble. There are evidences that you, as a leader, may have stopped growing. Chuck Lawless shares 12 of them with us....

THREE UNIVERSAL LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES

I recall having a conversation with a twenty-something leader a few years ago. He had an opinion on almost everything and felt a strong compulsion to express those opinions. I was thinking (and I may have told him but don’t recall) that at such a young age he should...

6 Terrible (But Common) Ways Leaders Respond To A Problem

As a leader, you will constantly be dealing with problems of one kind or another. How you respond to a present or perceived problem can either resolve it or, unfortunately, make it worse. Cary Nieuwhof shares terrible but common ways leaders respond to a problem....

A song from the 70’s that really got me thinking

I am old! To some degree I’m still living in the 1950’s when I was in high school. I grew up on Motown Music, Presley, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, etc.  I was also weaned on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” which was one of those very family...

BEING A STRONG LEADER WITHOUT BEING AN ABUSIVE LEADER

Strong leadership doesn’t have to become abusive and arrogant; but, sadly, that’s what sometimes occurs. Let’s all strive for, and grow in, strong and humble leadership.  As a student of Christian leadership, it deeply troubles me that we tend to move from strong...

How God Turns Around Ministry Failures

It was Winston Churchill who said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." Failing at something is part of life; it's part of learning, growing. Rick Warren shares how God turns around ministry failure. I believe that...

It all starts with a “Vision Plan.”

Whether we are talking about a church, a business, a military unity or a sports team, it all starts with having a "Vision Plan" to rally people around. Author Marcus Buckingham defines a leader as "Having the ability to rally people to a better future." If we don't...

10 Things Every Leader Should Gift Their Team

A leader is a gift-giver. He/she gives various gifts to the people led. I'm reminded of what the Apostle Paul said about Jesus that "It's more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35). Ron Edmondson shares ten things every leader should gift their team....

QUESTIONS TO ASK AN OLDER, GODLY AND FRUITFUL LEADER:

I’ve heard it said that it’s better to ask the right questions than to give the right answers.  Asking good questions of the right people is a fantastic way to learn and grow as a leader. You obviously grow more by listening than by talking. A number of years ago...

Simplifying Church and Leadership

One of the values I try to stay focused on and consistently implement is simplicity—in life and in the work I’m  called to do. I read a book a number of years ago titled “Simple Church”  by Eric Geiger and Thom Rainer. Simplicity was a need then and is still...

4 WAYS TO LEAD WITH COURAGE TODAY

Having courage is absolutely one of the key attributes a good leader needs to possess. Some of it more and some have it less. We can grow in being more courageous as we pursue our God-given calling and vision. Dan Rockwell shares 4 ways to lead with courage today....

8 DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS FOR A CHURCH’S HEALTH

Church health will lead to church growth over time, but church growth does not always equate with church health. How much and how fast a local church grows is up to the Lord of the Harvest, the head of the church--Jesus Himself. Chuck Lawless shares with us 8...

Creating Boundaries for health and longevity

It seems to me that many leaders are very tired a good deal of the time and, unfortunately, staring into the face of potential burnout. Hardly a month goes by in which a leader I know or coach is on the cusp of burnout. This is a pandemic that doesn’t get enough press...

Avoiding the mess

More frequently than we'd like, we read about hurtful situations and fallen leaders in local churches. Justin Anderson from Context Staffing shares some helpful insights on how to keep this from happening! Originally posted by Justin Anderson,...

Living vertically not just horizontally

Excellent leaders live on two plains at once. They live and work horizontally with people and tasks while, at the same time, living vertically as they are being led, empowered and honoring the one who has called, gifted and sent them. We must always keep both in view...

How to Conquer Self-Destructive Behaviors

My experience has lead me to the conclusion that there are a lot of discouraged, depressed and defeated leaders attempting to serve Jesus, but having a difficult time doing so. Part of the problem is that we, as leaders, have developed self-destructive behaviors that...

ADD THIS TO YOUR RELATIONAL SKILL SET AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!

I have never met a person who felt they were encouraged too much.  Maybe those people are out there, but I have never them. Most people are starved for affirmation and encouragement and get little of it.  Many come from families where it was sparse or non-existent;...

10 Of My Biggest Leadership Mistakes

As a leader, making mistakes is to be expected. No leader is perfect with the exception of Jesus. The key is to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them again and again. I have made my share of them and written a book on the subject Dave's book. Here is Ron...

This is the key thing to understand as a Christian leader

Just a few days ago I had a conversation with a good friend who had a conversation with another friend. The discussion went along the lines of I’ve been in church most of my life and have heard it all, but don’t feel l really know Jesus like some Christians do. This,...

THINGS THAT CAN KILL JOY ON YOUR TEAM

You want your team to experience genuine joy as they work together. Sometimes a leader can be doing things (or allowing things to happen in the team) that can kill the joy they should be having. Here are five of them suggested by Eric Geiger Originally posted...

SIX LIMITING BELIEFS THAT HOLD YOU BACK

At times the biggest battle for leaders is carried on between their ears; their mindset. The internal dialogue you have with yourself can move you ahead or hold you back. When you talk to yourself, watch your language. Dr. Zinsser, who teaches at West Point, shares...

Another “Fallen Leader”chronicled!

If you follow the posts at davekraft.org you know that one of my spiritual disciplines is Scripture memory. The benefit is not just memorizing a verse or two, but meditating on them and applying them in practical ways. My one verse for July is 2 Chronicles 26:16 in...

Some things leaders/pastors wish they had learned earlier

I’ve talked to numerous people and read numerous articles along the lines of what leaders would have liked to have learned or been taught earlier in their leadership journey. Chuck Lawless shares some of these with us. It’s never too late for you to pick one or two...

EQ or IQ! Which is most important?

In just the last several weeks I have had a few conversations with leaders I coach about team members who seem to be struggling in the leadership of their respective teams. I hear comments like: He/She  just seems unable to work well with others He/She lacks...

Five Reasons To Let A Person Go From Your Team

I can't think of more important decisions for leaders to make than who they bring, on or let go, from their teams. It's one of the top issues that I coach my clients through. Brian Howard, Executive Director the Acts 29 church planting network, shares good reasons for...

Four Ways to Keep Your Emotional Tank Filled

In leadership it is as likely to be emotionally drained as it is to be physically drained due to the nature of our work with people. The needs and demands of people can take its toll on us. Rick Warren shares some helpful thoughts on ways to keep our emotional tank...

Pray big prayers and dream big dreams for His glory!

For many years I have prayed over Deuteronomy 34:7 NKJ  “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.” From this verse I have (and continue) prayed for Vision and Vitality; praying for eyes to see something in...

3 Ways to Help Creative People Flourish On Your Team

When it comes to leading people, one size doesn't fit all. Providing leadership to especially creative people, it takes a certain kind of leadership in order to strike a good balance between giving almost no structure and giving too much structure which allows almost...

WHAT DOES AN EMPOWERING LEADER LOOK LIKE?

There has been a lot written about "Empowering" those on your team and with whom you work. How do you know if you are truly empowering or perhaps inadvertently disempowering poeple by your attitudes or behavior? Here is some solid insight adapted from "Bits...

Twenty Great Leadership Quotes

I love great quotes that inspire me, stretch me and motivate me to be the best that I can be for Jesus and what He's called me to do. Erick Geiger, Lead Pastor at Mariner's church in Southern Orange County shares, 20 of his most favorite leadership quotes. How about...

THREE KINDS OF CRITICAL DECISIONS LEADERS NEED TO MAKE

Leaders make decisions. That’s what they do. The more the responsibility, the more may be riding on each and every decision. I want to submit to you that the most important decisions leaders make fall into three major categories and out of these three come all the...

The Challenge That Really Matters The Most

Excellent leaders are always up for a challenge; a challenge to be better, to improve how they lead, to grow in their understanding of themselves and those they lead. As a leader, you don’t have to wait to be challenged by others or by circumstances, you can challenge...

The challenge that really matters the most Excellent leaders are always up for a challenge; a challenge to be better, to improve how they lead, to grow in their understanding of themselves and those they lead. As a leader, you don't have to wait to be challenged by...

KING DAVID’S OTHER SIN!

The First Sin:  King David committed adultery and then murder...  “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’”    ~2 Samuel 12:13a (ESV) “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot...

HOW TO DEAL WITH CRITICISM

Years ago a seasoned leader said that If I stepped into leadership I needed to be prepared to be misunderstood and criticized. Truer words were never spoken. Harry Truman was right when he said. "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Maybe if we can't...

Leaders are readers. Stop reading. Stop leading!

As I think back through the years, I realize that I’ve always been a reader. Some of my earliest  memories of my mother was seeing her fast asleep on the couch with a book in her lap. At either end of that same couch were stacks of books. She was always reading,...

THREE LEADERSHIP BONES YOU NEED!

We are all well aware of the fact that there are many bones in our bodies.  Recently I read about three of them from Reba McEntire.  She said, “To be successful you need a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” I saw this as both amusing and instructive....

What to do right before you hire a new team member

In my seventeen years coaching leaders, I've concluded that one of the things that can either make or break your leadership effectiveness is who you bring on your team, whether paid or volunteer. Just Anderson (Justin@contextstaffing.com) shares some things to think...

How to Make Godly Decisions

Leaders make decisions. That's what leaders do. The more responsibility a leader has, the more is riding on every decision, and the more difficult those decisions can be. Rick Warren shares some simple but helpful steps in making good decisions. Originally published...

7 Bottleneck Obstacles That Can Destroy Progress

Perhaps you have seen the Pogo cartoon, "We have met the enemy and it is us." There's a lot of truth in that statement. At times a leaders can be their own worst enemy by the way they think, act and lead. As leaders, I'm quite confident we will want to avoid that as...

WHAT IS ETR AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND

It seems like the weather in the midwest and on the east coast so far this year gets crazier by the day; heavy snow storms, hail, flooded rivers, a multiplicity of tornados, significant power outages, etc. The weather has had a financial, emotional and physical price...

Redefining Success

I think I would be safe in saying that most everybody wants to be successful—however they may define success. I’ve never met a person whose goal in life was to fail or to see themselves as a failure.  My understanding of what success is and looks like has changed...

Becoming a “HIP” leader for Jesus

Of late, I’m being led to pray more and more for leaders whom I personally coach  and am in touch with, as well as leaders with a national presence who I follow. Praying may very well be my most impactful contribution in the years to come—however many / few they...

9 Hidden Things That Make or Break Leaders

I believe that most of you know I wrote "Leaders Who Last." I have a huge burden for leaders and pray for a good number of them daily. In our heart of hears, all of us as leaders desire to finish well and hear, "Well done faithful servant." Unfortunately many don't...

How To Ensure A Potential Team Member Is A Culture Fit

I believe it was Peter Drucker who famously said, "Culture eats vision for lunch." When bringing on a new team member (paid or volunteer), making sure that person is compatible with the culture of your group, church or organization is critically important. Originally...

Five kinds of goals God blesses!

As far back as I can remember, I've always set goals for myself. Why I set goals and the process I use has changed through the years, but the desire to pray, hear from God and have some motivating ideas that keep me motivated and passionate about life and ministry...

Dinner with Billy Graham. Are you kidding me?

On April 22nd I wrote a post on “Being a Great Leader.” The post Joby Martin was built on some thoughts from a podcast with Brad Lomenick on how to finish well.  Joby is the lead pastor at Church of Eleven22 in Jacksonville Florida. The name of the church is just...

Four Idols That Kill Leadership Development

I believe it was John Calvin who observed that our hearts are idol factories. Our enemy, the devil, works overtime to draw us into creating God substitutes which pull us away from our affection for and devotion to Jesus.  Eric Geiger shares four very common idols...

7 RULES FOR OVER-HELPFUL LEADERS

In my experience, leaders who tend to micro-managing competent team members is a major issue. Creative, innovative and highly skilled team members generally don't like to be hovered over and told how and when to do everything. The rule of thumb is: If you hired people...

What’s it take?

The other day I was thinking and praying about characteristics which fruitful/effective leader have in common; those I either know or have read about or heard about. It seems like I’m always thinking about something. My wife, Susan will at times, say to me, “Keeping...

12 “HOW TO’S” PASTORS WISH SOMEONE HAD TAUGHT THEM

Many leaders, when looking back at their education and training, realize that there were lots of critical things they never received. From his experience as a seminary professor, Chuck Lawless shares leadership issues pastors wish someone had taught them. Originally...

FOUR CRITICAL AREAS ON WHICH TO FOCUS

Over the years I have worked with lots of younger leaders and there has been this ongoing debate about the merits or harm of multi-tasking. I have heard numerous leaders, especially the younger, tell me that they can listen to music, watch television and work...

7 Signs Your Team Thinks You’re a Bad Boss

On television and movies, we have been given many portrayals of "Bad Bosses." They make us laugh, but it's no laughing matter when you have one. If you have a great job, but a bad boss, you don't really have a great job. Your bad boss can turn your otherwise good job...

The Apostle Paul’s Strategy for Time Management

It's not just a matter of counting our days, but also a matter of making our days count! How we manage our time and our energy is critical to good leadership. I like to think of investing my time, not just using my time. Given who I am and what God has called me to...

How to be a great leader! 

I believe many of you reading this know that I was on staff at Mars Hill Church for a number of years. I’ve had the experience of being part of a “Mega Church” and learned a ton. I am a student of larger churches and larger than life pastors of larger churches. I...

7 Ways to Positively Influence Those Who Lead You

As a leader, you have the opportunity to lead both down and up; lead those who report to you and lead those to whom you report. Both are important if you are to do well in your leadership. Ron Edmondson shares ways to positively influence those who lead you....

TO STAY SANE, A LEADER NEEDS A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR!

I usually share things of a serious nature in most of these posts. Today I want to do something different; color outside the lines,  get outside of the box, allow you to have a good dose of humor on this Lord’s day. My wife, Susan, received this from her friend,...

HOW TO BRING UP THORNY ISSUES

Two things that all leaders must have the courage to deal with are having difficult conversations and making difficult decisions. For a number of reasons, many leaders intentionally shy away from both of these. Dan Rockwell shares some helpful ideas on how to bring up...

Political and Leadership Gaffes 

We've all read of various political figures making their fair share of “gaffes.” They misspoke, were misunderstood or simply did not tell the truth as they tried to hide or cover up something. Recently I ran across this quote. “A gaffe is when a politician tells the...

How to Be a Resilient Leader Like Jesus

It not a matter of getting knocked down. That will happen from time to time . It goes with the territory. The key is not to stay down but, by His grace, to get up and keep moving forward. Rick Warren shares some helpful thoughts on how to be a resilient leader like...

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF DEFEATED PASTORS

The last few years have been very difficult and discouraging for leaders in general and pastors in particular. Many Christian pastors and church leaders have seen upwards of 50% of people seemingly disappear into thin air. Gone! Giving is down, morale is down and...

10 Best Practices of Super Healthy Leaders

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for ideas to keep my life and my leadership healthy and vibrant. I definitely don’t want to grow old and stale but remain fresh and flourishing (Psalm 92:14) . Carey Nieuwhof shares 10 best practices of super...

FOUR WAYS TO BECOME A MUCH BETTER LEADER

I’m going to assume that any leader worth his salt wants to become a better leader by growing in his/her walk with Jesus and, flowing out of that, be the best leader he/she can be. I know I do!  I'm sure that the number of things you could do with those you lead to...

5 Harsh Realities of Leading Change

You cannot have growth without change and you cannot have change without discomfort. Generally speaking, most people don't like change. Change is painful but necessary; on both a personal and organizational level. Ron Edmondson shares 5 harsh realities of leading...

A FIVE-FOLD PROCESS FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

I BELIEVE THAT LEADERS WORTH THEIR SALT ARE FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE; WHERE THE'RE HEADING, NOT WHERE THEY ARE OR HAVE BEEN. I love what author Marcus Buckingham says (“The One Thing You Need to Know”):  “What defines a leader is his/her preoccupation with the...

Three Reasons Leaders Must Constantly Say “No”

For years I've said, "Say no to a lot of things so you can say yes to a few things." and "Say yes to less." Saying no to some requests or opportunities has benefits. On the other hand, saying yes to the wrong things has downsides. Eric Geiger shares three negative...

Seizing God-Opportunities

I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about the concept of open doors.  In 1 Corinthians 16:9 Paul speaks of a wide door of opportunity  for effective work being opened for him. Additionally Revelation 3:7 says  that He has the key… “He opens and no one will...

THREE WAYS TO BE READY TO LEAD

I will assume that every leader wants to learn how to lead better than they are currently leading. With every leader, there is room for improvement, regardless of how long they may have been in a leadership role. True leaders are learners; ready to learn from anyone,...

IS THE CHURCH YOU ARE A PART OF A DISCIPLE-MAKING CHURCH?

In the well-known and well-quoted passage in Matthew 28:18-20 we are commanded to go and make disciples. This is the mandate for His churches; yesterday, today and forever. Is the church you  are a part of, or help lead, truly a disciple-making church or just a...

VALUABLE LESSONS FROM THE NAMES OF JOSEPH’S TWO SONS.

Genesis 41:51 & 52 (ESV): "Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh for he said God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house. The name of the second he called Ephraim, for God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."Jesus,...

How to lead like Moses

What better place to look for good leadership than in the Bible. What better person to look at for leadership than Moses. For generations Christian leaders have looked at and learned from Moses; both his successes as well as his failures. Rick Warren shares some...

Play it by ear…play it by fear

I think we’ve all heard someone say, “Let’s just Play it by ear.” Which I take to mean, let’s don’t make a decision just yet, but kinda wait to see how things are going and figure it out as we go. Sometimes this can be a good idea, but most of the time, probably  not....

Here are 5 Lesser-known Traits of Effective Leadership

We've all seen lists of attributes, characteristics or qualities of excellent leaders. Some a very well known and have been repeated over and over. Others are lesser-known. Ron Edmondson shares 5 of the lesser-known traits of effective leadership. Originally published...

Ways Strategic Ministry Leaders Think Differently

This is part 2 of Eric Geiger's on ways strategic leaders think differently. Here is the link to Part 1 Originally published by Eric Geiger A ministry strategy is great. A ministry strategy with continued strategic thinking is even better.  It is possible, and...

How much of my true potential am I really accessing?

I love words. I love quotes. I love short combinations of words that strike a chord with me, motivate me to be my best and stretch me toward my true capacity and potential. When I was a fairly new Christian, I went to a meeting near my home town of Palm Springs,...

Ways Strategic Ministry Leaders Think Differently 

Often the difference between a leader and an excellent leader is the way they think about things; their mind-set, their attitude. Excellent leaders think long-term as well as short-term. They utilize the telescope as well as the microscope. Eric Geiger shares some...

Some ideas on decision-making

As I observe the political, business, sports and church landscape today, I often think that much of what goes south or sideways stems from confusion and lack of clarity about good decision-making practices. This has been going on for a long time, is happening...

TAKING TIME OFF ISN’T THE ANSWER

Sometimes it's simply a good idea to slow down and take personal inventory. What's going on in my life and work? Why do I always seem to be in such a hurry, easily irritated and frustrated? We can say to ourselves, I just need some time off. Maybe time off is not what...

Running hard and straight toward the finish line

Not too long ago I figured out that I’ve lived more than 90% of my life. I don’t think of this as a morbid thought, but rather a motivating thought. Since I may only have 5-8 years left (I just turned 82 in December), I want to make sure I invest my remaining...

7 WARNING SIGNS OF FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON POWER

I think all leaders have heard the quote, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." ~ John Dalberg Acton. Perhaps we've become that person with power or worked with that person who has lots of power. As a leader, having power, authority,...

5 SIGNS YOU’RE NO LONGER INSPIRING YOUR TEAM

Perhaps you've seen the Pogo cartoon, "We have met the enemy and it is us." At times, in leadership, the problem is not the team, but the leader. We can be guilty of inadvertently/unintentionally demotivated or uninspiring the team we lead. Carey Nieuwhof shares 5...

The strangest prayer request I ever got

It was a prayer request I’ll never forget, even though It was 58 years ago In the fall of 1964 I moved into a home in Pasadena, California  to receive training for Christian ministry. The leader in this home was Warren Myers, a single man who was in this early...

How to Prepare for Dream Busters

Years ago I ran into this statement: Don't let the people who say it can't be done stand in the way of the people who are doing it. Let's go with we can, we can, we can-- instead of we can't, we can't, we can't; and here are all the reason why it can't be done or...

ESSENTIAL KEYS TO FINISHING YOUR RACE WELL

It’s no secret that finishing well is a huge value for me and led to the book Leaders Who Last Here are some essential keys for the Christian leader to finish well. I regularly teach these and, by His grace, seek to practice them in my own life and work. (I will use...

Five lessor-known traits of effective leaders

If you're a leader, you've undoubtedly come across lists of leadership traits/characteristics that fruitful leaders possess and utilize on a regular basis. Ron Edmondson shares with us today a few of the "Lessor-Known" traits. Originally published by Ron Edmondson...

LEARNING FROM YET ANOTHER FALLEN LEADER!

Hardly a month goes by that I don’t hear about another lead pastor who has resigned or been asked to step down for one reason or another. As I coach leaders around the country and in a few other countries, I hear about dysfunctions among top leaders which is causing a...

4 Words Leaders Must Say on a Regular Basis

Leaders use words in doing most everything they do to encourage, motivate, set direction and confront when needed. Words can help, or hurt and harm depending on how they're used. Erick Geiger shares some helpful thoughts on 4 words leaders must say on a regular basis....

THREE KEY COMPONENTS TO A COMPELLING VISION!

I gravitate toward a short passage (better yet a single verse) which captures some very critical ideas about Life and Leadership. For me, Exodus 32:34 is one of those verses. “But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel...

How managers become leaders

Over the years I've done a lot of thinking and writing about managing verses leading. In short, managing is about the present and leading is about the future. Adding to that simple statement, here is Dan Rockwell sharing some great insight about the difference between...

The best habit I’ve ever acquired

In the past, I’ve mentioned that memorizing, meditating on and praying over passages of Scripture has, by the power of the Holy Spirit, impacted and transformed my life more than any other discipline He has led me to practice. For many years I’ve re-read my daily...

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERS WHO LAST

Most of you know that I wrote a book, "Leaders Who Last." I always find it helpful to run across lists of characteristics that enable leaders to finish their race well. I love what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I...

Carey Nieuwhof interviews Rick Warren

A few days ago, I watched an interview that Carey Nieuwhof (Toronto Canada) did with Rick Warren (Orange County, California). Rick is now 67 and announced last year that he was stepping down after 42 years as the lead pastor of Saddleback church. I would describe the...

Developing an “Application Mindset.”

Years ago I heard the statement that when all is said and done, a lot more is said than done. I thought then, and I still think now, isn’t that the truth! Perhaps another way of putting it would be: When it come to progress  as a Christian leader, a lot more is...

The Hardest Decision a Leader Makes – Letting People Go

Leaders make decisions; that's what leader do. The more responsibility you carry as a leader, the more may be riding on each decision you make. Some decisions are more difficult and take more time than others. One of the more difficult decisions is when it's clear to...

I’M NOT A LEADER! REALLY? ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

Questions: How many leaders in the Bible, when first called, told God they were not a leader or that they were unable to lead?How many leaders functioning in a leadership role today have you heard say, “I'm not really a leader?”How many people who won’t step up to a...

5 Expressions of Cowardly Leadership

My experience has led me to believe that many leaders are cowards. They shy away, or at times run, from the basic mindset that good leaders must have and the daily decisions that good leaders must make. Fear of what people might say, what people might think or what...

FOUR ESSENTIALS FOR DEVELOPING YOUR LEADERSHIP

Being an excellent leader is all about continuing to learn, grow and experience change in many facets of what you do. It's not just being better at one thing, but becoming better at lots of things--one step at a time. Dan Rockwell shares 4 essentials in leadership...

BUILDING OR RE-BUILDING TRUST ON YOUR TEAM!

In his seminal book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” Patrick Lencioni mentions the absence of trust as the first step downward from healthy team dynamics. When someone on your team, in your organization, or in your family says, “I don’t trust you,” a meaningful...

SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE RISE AND FALL OF MARS HILL

Many of you have been listening to and profiting from the podcasts, "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill." Hopefully you have gleaned some valuable lessons which will be of tremendous help in what God is calling you to do as a leader. I was on staff with Mark Driscoll for...

ARE YOU A HUMAN “BEING” OR A HUMAN “DOING?”

I hadn’t seen him in a while, so asked him how things were. “What’s happening, what’s new, what have you been doing lately?” “Not much” he responded.   “Another boring week with Jesus, huh,” I replied, with a smile and a gentle poke at him. A friend standing close by...

7 secrets to overcoming discouragement

Every leader experiences discouragement at one time or another. Some seem to get hit more than others. What do you do? Rick Warren shares 7 secrets to overcoming discouragement. Originally published by Rick Warren No matter what’s discouraging you today, know this:...

A VALUABLE LESSON LEARNED AT LA FITNESS!

It has been my goal for many years to work out 4 times a week. I accomplished this at LA Fitness for quite a few years. It closed down at the beginning of the pandemic and I started running on the street instead. While I was a regular at LA Fitness, I learned some...

One Thing Every Leader Needs – Right Now

Given the craziness all around us as we head into a new year, what do leaders need most? What is the need of the hour? Ron Edmondson shares one thing every leader needs right now! Originally published by  Ron Edmondson There is one thing every leader needs to figure...

Contentment & Ambition. Friends or Enemies?

I’ve been doing some thinking lately. Seems like I’m always thinking about something. I just have that kind of mind—always working overtime on various ideas I get. Today I want to ask you help me walk through the tension between being content and being ambitious. My...

Eight Steps to Dreaming Bigger Dreams

A new year begins in just a few days. What are you dreaming about praying about for 2022? How big is your God? I've always loved Ephesians 3:20. Here it is in The Message, "God can do anything you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your...

HOW BIG IS THE GOD YOU SERVE?

In a week, we begin a new year. Do you gaze into this new year with fear or faith? Are you thinking big or thinking small? "Thou art coming to a king. Large petitions with thee bring. For his grace and pow’r are such. None can ever ask too much."  ~John Newton "And he...

THESE IDOLS MIGHT SINK YOUR (LEADER) SHIP

As some of you may know, I pick a verse or a short passage to memorize each month for my own personal growth. Some are ministry oriented and others are more life oriented. These verses usually come out of my daily scripture reading. One of my memory verses that I...

2 Leadership Imperatives in a Difficult Season

Leadership is not easy, never was, never will be. There are times when leading is more difficult and challenging than at other times. Eric Geiger shares 2 imperatives for leaders when in a difficult season.  Originally published by  Eric Geiger You will lead...

SAD DAD!

When it comes to music, I admit that I am stuck in the 50’s. Musical tastes and preferences are shaping up to be raging battles in churches. As for me, besides the fact that classical is not my music of choice, I can handle and enjoy most everything else. One of my...

7 WAYS TO MASTER THE MOST IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP SKILL

I’ve  heard that Chick-fil-A says they’re in the people business, not the chicken business. That should be said of all leaders, regardless of what kind of organization or business they are in. All real leaders are in the “People Business.” Dan Rockwell shares 7 ways...

15 STRATEGIES TO READ MORE AS A LEADER

It’s my firm conviction that leaders are readers. When you stop reading, you stop growing and stop leading in an effective way. Chuck Lawless shares 15 strategies to read more as a leader. Originally posted by Chuck Lawless Leaders should be readers. Here are some...

SIGNAL! SIGNAL!

Okay, so I’m not the best driver in the world, but I’d be even worse if it weren’t for my wife, Susan.  She has probably (well, actually) saved me from more than one accident. When I’m ready to change lanes or heading up an onramp to enter the traffic on the 5...

7 Reasons You’re Not Leading As Well As You Could Be

Most leaders I know, and  have read about, want to continue to grow to be the best leaders they can be. There are some things that can hold us back and hold us down. It’s important that we recognize these things and address them. Ron Edmondson shares seven reasons you...

WHAT’S WITH THESE THREE GUYS?

Who has significantly impacted you, and why? Who are the people in your life who have left a mark…have contributed to you in a major way? What was/is it about their lives that made a difference? Those of you who read my book “Leaders Who Last” will remember the words...

As a leader, How God Uses Your Work to Help You Grow

God is more interested in our character and  personal growth than he is in what we do or accomplish. As goes the leader, so goes the work, the ministry. We, by His grace, will want to continue to lead ourselves well as we seek to lead others. Rick Warren shares three...

3 Possible “Vanity Metrics” in Ministry

Measuring certain things to determine success is not wrong  per se, but  measuring things that really don’t matter and measuring for the wrong reasons can be wrong and misleading. Eric Geiger shares 3 possible “Vanity Metrics” for church leaders. Originally...

7 reasons smart people do stupid things:

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about not being foolish or stupid. Even good leaders do stupid things once in a while—hopefully not all the time. Dan Rockwell shares 7 reasons smart people do stupid things. Originally published by Dan Rockwell If you’re the...

8 REASONS WE TAKE ON MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE

Dwight L. Moody once said that he would rather put a thousand men to work than do the work of a thousand men. I’ve learned to hard way that I either delegate or suffocate. Chuck Lawless shares 8 reasons why we sometimes take on more than we can handle. Originally...

4 LIES ABOUT SUCCESS IT’S TIME TO DEFEAT

One of the best things that ever happened to me was when I redefined success after living and working for many years with a harmful and false idea of what biblical success really is. Carey Nieuwhof shares 4 lies about success it’s time to defeat. Originally published...

SOME THOUGHTS FOR CHURCH PLANTERS AND CHURCH REVITALIZERS!

I try to keep a coaching load of between 20-25. I have some openings if you are interested.  You can email me: davekraft763@gmail.com Among those I currently coach, a few are church planters. A while ago, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about some things...

7 Reasons You’re Not Leading As Well As You Could Be

Every leader who really wants to lead well is always looking for ways to improve and being aware of things they may be doing which are hindering their leadership in some way. Ron Edmondson shares 7 reasons you may not be leading as well as you could be. Originally...

Our message is not about us!

Leader, what is the message you convey to those you lead? Is it pretty much all about you? Your ideas, your plans, and your goals, or is it focused on the God who called you and empowers you and the people you are privileged to lead? Rick Warren shares some...

When it’s time to abandon a goal you’ve set

I’ve been a goal-setting goal-chaser most of my adult life. I believe in it with all of my heart and soul. Every week, every month and every year I have goals (that I believe honor God) which I create and pursue with great enthusiasm and energy.  However, just the...

AN INTERVIEW WITH A FRUITFUL CHURCH PLANTER

Following is something I posted 6 years ago. Liberti Church has seen some amazing God-given fruit since it was first planted. I think it instructive and insightful to post this again, as many of those I coach are either planting churches or have been a part of a...

A LEADER WITHOUT PRIORITIES IS A CHIPMUNK ON STEROIDS

I’m going to venture a guess that you’ve heard it said, if everything is a priority then nothing is a priority. It takes a lot of wisdom to identity what’s truly important at any given time, and courage in the face of opposition or misunderstanding  to stick with...

HE HAS NO OTHER PLAN. WE ARE HIS PLAN!

There is an apocryphal story about Jesus returning to heaven after his death and resurrection. The host of heaven is rejoicing over the victory and the question is raised as to what Jesus has done to insure that the message of the good news will be spread. “What is...

THE SECRET TO WILLIAM WILBERFORCE’S AMAZING CONTRIBUTION!

Perhaps many of us would have never heard of (or been aware of) the impact of William Wilberforce if not for the movie “Amazing Grace.”  In this wonderful film, we see the life and vision of Wilberforce chronicled. His perseverance is quite amazing as he hung in...

George Beverly Shea or Bethel Music. I want both!

For starters,  I’m a little older—turn 82 in December. I became a Christian in 1960 when the Jesus movement was just getting underway and, musically, Maranatha Music from Calvary Chapel was the rave. Prior to that it was pretty much piano, organ, robed choirs and...

10 Biblical Characters and Their Leadership Tension

Romans 15:4 clearly states that “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (ESV).  Studying the lives of biblical leaders can be both instructive and...

AS A LEADER, HOW YOU APPROACH SCRIPTURE IS CRITICAL!

The Leader’s Approach/Attitude Toward Scripture  As some of you know, I spent 37 years on staff with The Navigators. I am thankful for quite a few things as a result of those years.  One thing that significantly stands out to me (and that I treasure to this day)...

Why Leaders Need to Be Readers

I've said for years that leaders are readers. When you stop reading, you stop learning and when you stop learning you stop leading effectively. Even at 81 I'm reading constantly--books, articles and posts. I'd rather have those who engage with me be drinking from a...

THE RISE AND FALL OF MARS HILL

In recent weeks, quite a bit has been released via podcasts from Christianity Today— Executive Producer, Erik Petrik and produced, written, edited, and hosted by Mike Cosper titled: “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.” I have been asked numerous times since these...

5 Dangers of Being Deprived of an Involved Father

I was deprived of having an involved Father. He worked non-stop and felt that the way he met the needs of his children was to provide materially for them; not realizing that so much more was needed. Quite of few of the men I coach professionally have experienced what...

WHEN TALKING REPLACES LISTENING!

God gave us two ears and one mouth. Do you think there was a reason for this? Maybe, just maybe, he wants us to listen more than we talk. A tall order for most leaders! Most of you know I wrote the book, "Mistakes Leaders Make." Here is one that is not in the book,...

5 WAYS THE ENEMY LURES LEADERS INTO SIN

The Devil is always on the prowl to pounce on leaders and cause disqualification. The enemy is very patient just waiting for the opportune time. He has different strategies for different leaders. Chuck Lawless shares 5 of them with us. Originally published by Chuck...

DELEGATE OR SUFFOCATE!

Learning how to delegate could literally mean the difference between life and death. You might think I’m overstating my case, but I will never forget the lunch with a friend who had a heart attack at 39 years of age. I observed, learned and applied! (Don’t try to do...

7 SIGNS THE PHARISEES ARE RUNNING YOUR CHURCH

At times a local church leader will say that Jesus is the senior/lead Pastor of their church. For the most part, I believe this is said with good intentions. In reality, and in practice though, who is it that is really leading your church? Sometimes it’s the...

Help! I Don’t Know How to Rest Well

Here is something I  wrote for Crossway which was published on September 5th 2021. This article is part of the Help! series. The Problem In the fast-paced, constantly changing, totally chaotic culture surrounding us, with no time to catch our breath,...

7 High Costs of Leadership Every Leader Should Pay

Leadership has a "Price Tag." It's not cheap. As President Harry Truman once said, "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Or perhaps don't go into the kitchen in the first place. Ron Edmondson shares 7 high costs of leadership every leader should be...

TWO WORDS THAT ARE CHANGING EVERYTHING FOR ME!

Simplicity in the way I live…Sincerity in the way I lead "For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God and supremely so toward you." 2...

Every Christian has a calling. Do you know what yours is?

A number of years ago I read a book titled, “Secular work is full-time service.” All followers of  Jesus are called to minister out of the gifts they have been given.  There is no such thing as an ungifted or uncalled person in the body of Christ. Galatians 6:4 in The...

Navy SEALs and 4 Reasons Trust Is Greater than Performance

Trust is indispensable in any relationship and on any team. When somebody says to someone with whom they work or with whom they are in a family relationship, “I don’t trust you” it’s on the way to being over. I recall a situation many years ago in an elder meeting...

5 WAYS TO LEARN FROM MISTAKES

Show me a person who never made a mistake and I’ll show you a person who never made anything. My dad had this statement visible to all who walked through the door in his locksmith business. We all make mistakes. The question is, are we learning from them or repeating...

LEADERSHIP “DERAILERS” TO BE AWARE AND CAREFUL OF!

Accepting a new role/responsibility can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking. The fear of failure is always lurking in the shadows of our minds. Can I do this? Will my new boss be okay with the quality and results of my work? Research done by the Center...

Moving from Woe is me to Wow is Jesus!

A few days ago,  the thought came to me that I can have a woe is me outlook or a wow is Jesus outlook. I have that choice. Woe is me Jacob exemplifies the woe is me mindset. In Genesis 42 he looks at what’s going on in his life and family and says that “All these...

You Must Do THIS if You Want to Attract Leaders

I have never been in a church or worked with an organization that had all the leaders they wanted and needed. I believe the primary responsibility of every leader is to  lead the charge in discovering, developing and deploying  new leaders. Each and every leader...

LIVING ON THE EDGE OR LIVING WITH AN EDGE

There are leaders who are being greatly used of God as they live on the edge, and there are leaders who are limited, hurting and ineffective because they are living with an edge. Let's explore a bit and see the difference between the two.Living on the Edge Living on...

Have you lost your mind? Maybe I’ve found it!

I recently saw a very inspiring  movie. At one point the daughter had an idea that she was very excited about. When her father, who was domineering and controlling,  heard the idea and  asked her if she had lost her mind, the daughter responded, “Maybe I found it.” It...

The Power of Feedback

During my 18 years in the Toastmaster’s organization, I often used the phrase, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” I still believe it today. One of the things that helps us all grow as leaders is helpful feedback. My experience as a leader has taught me that...

ONE OFTEN OVERLOOKED INGREDIENT IN LEADERSHIP FRUITFULNESS.

Genesis 12:4, ESV "So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…"Jesus, so simple to understand, so hard to do! I listen, you speak, I respond in humble, immediate obedience as I am empowered by you in order to honor you. Help me to do this in the small things as well as...

7 WARNING SIGNS THAT SIN IS CROUCHING AT THE DOOR

I sat up and noticed that 1 Peter 5:8 about our enemy being like a lion is found the the context of addressing leaders. The warning is to Christians in leadership roles that the evil one is after us to lead us into sin and cause our fall. Chuck Lawless share 7 warning...

LEADERSHIP AND UNCERTAINTY ARE INSEPARABLE!

Now, wait a minute! I Thought Part Of Being A Leader Was Being Certain… About my calling  About my gifts About my vision It is! That’s what you’ve been told and taught and it’s good to have convictions and certainty about these things as He leads you and makes...

7 KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP IN LEADERSHIP

Some leaders bring joy when they come—others when they go. You need to be very careful and prayerful as to who you allow the mantle of leadership in your group, team,  church or organization. Carey Nieuwhof shares 7 kinds of people you can’t afford to keep in...

OVERWHELMED?

A well known pastor once said, “Most of the people I know are overwhelmed and overcommitted.” I thought to myself, that’s interesting. I live here in Southern California and he lives in Illinois, and he knows some of the same people I know, because most of the people...

4 Free Ways to Develop People You Lead

As I’ve said before, every leader has three primary responsibilities: To lead, Develop and Care. There are lots of ways to develop the people you lead—to invest in them in ways that will strength their capacity to both grow and contribute. Ron Edmondson shares four of...

BEING COMPASSIONATELY CONFRONTATIONAL WHEN NECESSARY!

Most leaders are devout cowards. Yes, I did just say that! I have said it for a number of years. I have had people challenge me on it, but at this point in time, I stick to my guns. I must add though that when I say most leaders, I am thinking of leaders in churches...

Eight Strategies to Become a Better Listener

One of the most important things a leader can do is to listen well. One of the hardest thing for a leader to do is to listen well. For the most part, leaders are talkers. God gave us two ears and one mouth. Perhaps that means that we should be listening twice as much...

HOW NOISY IS IT GETTING IN YOUR LIFE?

In the Sunday L.A. Times Parade Magazine, I read the following: “The word noise comes from nausea, the Latin word for sickness.” Wow, did that ever get my brain cranking! I wonder if too much noise is related to being overly busy, having no margin and not practicing...

5 Differences Between a Critical Mind and a Critical Spirit

Unfortunately, there are  leaders who pride themselves in having a critical mind, which is a good thing, but instead have a critical spirit, which is a bad thing. What’s the difference? Eric Geiger does an excellent job of making the difference clear. First posted by...

THE POWER OF PRAISE

I have never met a person who felt they were encouraged too much. Maybe those people are out there, but I have never met them. Most people are starved for affirmation and encouragement and get little of it. Many come from families where it was sparse or...

CONTENTMENT: HOW TO PRACTICE OPTIMISTIC DISCONTENT

I pray quite often about the balance of contentment and ambition in my life; the desire to see certain things to happen, but at the same time being content with what is happening. It is a challenge for me. Dan Rockwell shares some interesting thoughts on how to...

The statement heard around the world

“The outpouring love and support I’ve received made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before”-Simone Biles As soon as I saw it, I knew I just had to write a blog on Simone’s insight. I won’t  speak to the...

7 WAYS TO ASSESS THE HEALTH OF A CHURCH

It's a good idea, from time to time, for a leader to do a personal inventory and a 360 degree assessment by his/her direct reports to ascertain how he/she is doing. Additionally it's a good idea to determine the health of the organization being lead. Chuck Lawless...

FIVE ESSENTIALS OF MANAGING PEOPLE WELL!

“Most of what we call Management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.” ~ Peter Drucker What Peter Drucker describes is obviously not good management , but poor management. What then does good management look like? Leadership and...

IS YOUR CHURCH PREACHING HALF OF THE GOSPEL?

Bonhoeffer had it right! Are we preaching half of the gospel in many of our churches…a gospel of cheap grace? At my church we often say: “God initiates and we respond.” I don’t believe we’ll see long-lasting spiritual formation in people if we only preach...

7 High Costs of Attempting to Eliminate Risk

Part of being a leader is taking calculated risks. The parable of the talents that Jesus tells in Matthew 25 is a story of risk-taking. Perhaps the biggest risk of all is never taking any risks. Ron Edmondson shares 7 high costs of attempting to eliminate risk....

YOU’RE FIRED~PART 2

This is a continuation of last week's post, You're Fired Part 1. Read that before starting this one. I will use he throughout, but of course mean he/she. If we hire slowly and do our homework before inviting someone to join us, we will be firing less.  When we do...

Four Ways to Lead With Integrity

When you look at leaders and leadership today, it doesn’t take long to observe that good old fashioned integrity is an endangered species. This seems to be true in government, in business, in sports, in the military, in the media and unfortunately in Christian...

YOU’RE FIRED~PART 1

If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Apprentice, you have heard, and seen, Donald Trump utter those hope-ending, heart stopping words-You’re fired! As most of you know, I coach leaders scattered around the country--many of whom, at one time or another, have...

Leaders and 3 Types of Stress

All stress is not equal and not the same. Some, believe it or not, are good and  necessary and some can cause you great harm. Eric Geiger shares some ideas on leaders and 3 types of stress. Originally posted by Eric Geiger Right before Dr. John Townsend walked up to...

ON WHOSE AUTHORITY AND FOR WHOSE GLORY?

“For the scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, ‘I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you, and so that my fame might spread throughout the earth.’ ” - Romans 9:17, NLT Jesus, in my life, this is my deep and genuine desire, that you would...

A SIGNIFICANT UNIVERSAL LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE

I recall having a conversation with a twenty-something leader a few years ago. He had an opinion on almost everything and felt a strong compulsion to express those opinions. I was thinking (and I may have told him but don’t recall) that at such a young age he should...

Some Ministry regrets I have

In my prayer book, I say this about myself, “I want to die with a grateful heart and a smile on my lips. No bitterness, anger, regrets or resentment. By your grace it shall be.” Chuck Lawless shares some ministry regrets he has. Originally posted by Chuck Lawless As I...

WHAT ARE YOU MOST AFRAID OF?

“But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.’ Then the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.’ So they...

7 QUALITIES A LEADER CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO HAVE

There are certain non-negotiable qualities every Christian leader needs to possess and grow in. Carey Nieuwhof shares 7 of them you can’t afford not to have. Originally posted by Carey Nieuwhof How do you know you’re a leader worth following? By definition, that’s...

ARE YOU A GIFT-DEPENDENT OR GRACE-DEPENDENT LEADER?

Proverbs 3:5,6 (ESV) instructs us to: ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” It’s okay to use your understanding, but not lean on it. Likewise it’s okay to use your spiritual gifts but not lean on them, depending instead on...

How to Stop Being a People-Pleasing Pastor or Leader

Many Christian leaders/Pastors struggle to some degree with trying to keep people pleased with them. The desire, though, can get you into real trouble as a leader. How do you find the balance between doing what  people want as opposed to simply telling them no...

ARE YOU A TIRED AND EXHAUSTED LEADER? THERE’S HOPE!

Through the years I have come to some general conclusions about people, ministry and leaders. One of them is that most people, in general (and leaders in particular) try to do too much, work too many hours and are traveling too fast. A few years ago the Seattle...

The Pathway to Humility

The late John Stott said,  “Humility is our best friend and pride our worst enemy.” My experience has led me to believe that there are too many successful, but proud and arrogant leaders out there. In His church,  this is unacceptable. Rick Warren shares some helpful...

4 Reasons Leaders Need Large Blocks of Time

Good leadership is all about stewarding well our time and our energy. One of the secrets of using time well is setting aside larger blocks of time to focus on things of importance. Eric Geiger shares 4 reasons why leaders need large blocks of time. Originally posted...

A STORY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!

I read of a math teacher who one day had her students list the names of all the other students in their class and then add a line about the nicest thing they could think about each one. Later, she compiled everything and handed the list to each student so they...

7 surprising things successful leaders stop doing:

At times leaders have gotten themselves into the habit of doing things that are hurting their success with the goals they set and the people they lead. Dan Rockwell shares 7 surprising things successful leaders stop doing. Originally posted by Dan Rockwell t doesn’t...

FOUR WAYS TO DETERMINE IF YOUR TEAM IS TRULY HEALTHY!

Moses had a team to lead the people of Israel toward the promise landJoshua had a team to lead them into the promise landNehemiah had a team to rebuild the wall of JerusalemDavid had a team of mighty men to fight the Lord’s battlesPaul had a team of young men who...

10 WAYS TO RECOGNIZE OUR ARROGANCE

It was the late John Stott who said that pride is our greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend. The book of proverbs reminds us that pride goes before a fall (Proverb 16:18). It would seem that we are seeing more and more gifted leaders fall prey to pride and...

Rear View Mirror, or Windshield

I believe it was Yogi Berra who said, “The trouble with the past is that there ain’t no future in it.” There’s a reason why the windshield on your car is bigger than the rear view mirror. You should obviously be spending more time looking at what’s in front of you...

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON YOUR “JOB DESCRIPTION.”

At some point in my seminars, I always say that as a staff worker (volunteer or paid) you hopefully have a ministry (or job) description. The most important thing that should be on that description…your first, and primary responsibility as a leader, is to hear from...

7 things that can weaken your leadership

There are things we do or think about that over time weaken our leadership and allow us to be ineffective and less fruitful. Ron Edmondson shares 7 of these with us which, when addressed, can strengthen our capacity to both grow and better contribute. Originally...

SIX WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL

1.BE CONTENT WITH WHO GOD MADE YOU Don’t fall into the dangerous game of comparing yourself with others. Either you will become discouraged, or proud. There will always be people you think are better or worse than you. If God wanted you to be someone else, he would...

THE ADVICE LEADERS NEED BUT OFTEN REJECT

One of the characteristics I’m always seeking to develop in myself and look for in potential team members and future leaders is being teachable. One of the things that Identifies a truly teachable person is taking initiative to seek input and ideas from others and not...

TRUST IS HARD TO GAIN AND EASY TO LOSE!

When trust is gone, authentic leadership is gone. There is nothing worse than individuals on your team, or in your family, telling you that they don’t trust you anymore. This is hard to bounce back from; and, in some cases, you never bounce back. Trust is like money...

7 reasons young men want a mentor

Some of you may know that I am a life and leadership coach. I have been in this role for almost 16  years. I currently have 22 clients. I believe every leader needs a coach, just as every top athlete (individual or team) needs coaching.  Please contact me...

Big dreams but a specific focus

I remember an interesting and revealing conversation with a young man.  The bottom line was that he lacked any serious motivation and direction in his life and didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to see happen in/through his life. I thought of the line from...

Consistency; the big difference-maker

It was Charles Swindoll who said, “The trouble with  life is that it’s so daily.” Isn’t that the truth! We brush our teeth every day (hopefully), we eat every day, we sleep every day and, for many of us, there are things we want to do (or actually do) daily, that move...

As a leader, 7 ways to earn trust

It takes time to earn the trust of those looking to you for leadership. But it can be lost very quickly by the way you act and the decisions you make. When people are thinking or saying that they don’t trust you anymore, it’s pretty much over. Ron Edmondson shares 7...

THE HARDEST THING LEADERS HAVE TO DO

It was one of the most helpful leadership tips I have ever heard/received. My wife, Susan, and I were at a summer training program with The Navigators in East Lansing, Michigan.  It was an evening meeting and the speaker made this comment, “If you become a...

Why We Never Vote for Leaders at Saddleback

As  you read through the New Testament, it seems clear that future leaders were appointed by current leaders, not voted on by the church family. Rick Warren shares some good reasons why they never vote on leaders at Saddleback Church. Originally posted by Rick Warren...

“The Rule of Three”

Those of you reading this, and who have been following me for some time, know that I like to simplify ideas and concepts so they are easy to understand and easy to apply. I have said that if you like to take simple things and make them complicated, run for political...

5 Sins Leaders Must Constantly Give New Wounds To

I learn a lot about the nature of sin from Romans 6:12,13 in The Message: “That means you must not give sin a vote in the way your conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with the old way of life. Throw...

UNDERSTANDING TWO LATIN WORDS

I don’t speak Latin. I chickened out in high school and took Spanish while the highbrows took Latin or French. But I do know that a lot of our English words have Latin roots and I want to share two of those words with you: HumusHubris  The words humus and hubris...

10 THINGS LEADERS NEVER SAY UNLESS THEY WANT TROUBLE

Leaders are talkers and communicators. They have what Bobby Clinton calls “Word Gifts.” They lead, develop and care for those for whom they have responsibility; and they do all these things by using words. But words can also undercut what leaders are trying to...

WE NEED BOTH DREAMERS AND IMPLEMENTERS

Dreamers, but no implementers   We dream and dream. We discuss and discuss. We come up with the most wonderful ideas, but nothing ever seems to happen around here. Implementers, but no dreamers We are busy doing a number of things, we are working longer and longer...

7 questions to test your ego.

It was the late John Stott who said that "Humility is our best friend and pride is our worst enemy." There seems to be a lot of pride in leadership circles today. It’s not easy to find an effective and fruitful leader who is also genuinely humble—A leader who makes it...

FOUR CRITICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEADERS

Some lead through inspiration and vision. Some lead through the power of their personality. Some lead through policy and guidelines. Some lead through authority and position. I read Mark Sanborn’s book, “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader.” Here are four key...

IDENTITY THEFT!

Someone is trying to steal your identity!More and more we are being warned to be on heightened alert for someone trying to obtain our credit card, driver’s license, pin numbers,  passwords in order to get enough information to steal and use our identity. A saw a...

7 Ways I Discipline to Be Forward-Thinking as a Leader

In my way of thinking, every leader needs to be future-oriented to lead well. Followers want and need to know where things are headed. There needs to be a future for the team, church or organization. The leader's role is to rally people to a better future--a win/win...

IMAGINATION OR CREATIVITY

Increasingly I am hearing the word creative, or creativity. I am told that I need to be creative; to think creatively, lead creatively. Now I am beginning to suspect that there is a disconnect.  When some people think of being creative they think of coming up...

SIMPLICITY

Once again, LA fitness came to my rescue for today’s blog.  As I was on the recumbent bike. there were two TVs on in front of me. On one channel was a fashion show and on the other, a well-known food channel.   It quickly occurred to me that both of these are...

What Research Says About How Self-centeredness Grows in Us

A biblical leader is focused on the people being led, not the leader himself/herself. Leadership is not primarily about the  leader, but about the God who calls and the people He gives us to lead. Eric Geiger shares some interesting thoughts about self-centeredness in...

JOYFULLY INEFFICIENT

Now that is a novel thought if I ever heard one.  Joyful at being inefficient? How is that possible when all our life we have been  admonished to be efficient, hurry up, don’t forget to take your lunch, don’t be late, use your time and money wisely, don’t leave...

The 5 worst mistakes you need to avoid

I believe most of you know that I wrote “Mistakes Leaders Make” which you can order on Amazon. Here is leadership guru Dan Rockwell as he shares the 5 worst mistakes you need to avoid. These very definitely apply to leaders. Originally posted by Dan Rockwell You’re...

COMPLIANCE OR INITIATIVE?

A compliance culture is old school. An initiative culture is new school. When it comes to job enjoyment, organizational morale and increased productivity, new school is better than old school; initiative better than compliance.  Compliance has to do with rules,...

9 REASONS CHURCHES DRIFT FROM THEIR MISSION

Jesus gave us a  clear “Mission” in Matthew 28:18-20 and promised His power and presence to accomplish it. It’s easy to drift away from that mission. Chuck Lawless shares 9 reasons why churches drift from their mission. Originally  posted by Chuck Lawless...

Mindset–I can, or I can’t!

For every visionary leader who says, "We can do this" there are five who will give you a plethora of reasons why it can't work, why it won't work, why it shouldn't be done! Have you ever faced any "can't do's" in your attempt to do God’s will? Has anyone ever tried to...

WANDERING AROUND OR “WONDERING” AROUND

A number of years ago author and business consultant Tom Peters coined the phrase “Management by wandering around.” The idea was to get managers out of their comfy chairs and air-conditioned offices, mixing and mingling with their employees. Recently, someone had a...

My biggest frustrations as a leader

Different things frustrate different leaders. When leaders are frustrated it poses problems for them and everyone else they lead. Ron Edmondson shares 7 of his biggest leadership frustrations. Originally posted by Ron Edmondson Someone once asked me what my “biggest...

10 Steps to Training People for Ministry

The people who work with you in ministry need to be trained, equipped and empowered for ministry. Most of what is called training is not training, but teaching. These are not the same. God's people need to be both taught and trained, not taught or trained. Rick Warren...

PUSH OR PULL?

Experience has led me to believe that the success of any organization, church, or group is having high morale because people are motivated and glad to be working there. One of the skill sets that every leader needs to develop is motivating people to perform at their...

Ten things that can tempt and bring death to a leader:

1. Focusing on personal advancement instead of team success. 2. Shifting blame to others instead of absorbing it yourself. 3. Avoiding a hard conversation because you might not be liked afterwards. 4. Wanting to be heard instead of trying to listen. 5. Delegating to...

Bowling Alone, Church Alone?

As things in this pandemic are opening up a bit more, church leaders are surprised to find out how many are choosing to continue doing church online and not returning to corporate worship. Eric Geiger addresses this in a very thoughtful and helpful way. Originally...

RAISING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS PART 2

Monday of this week,   I posted Part 1 of “Raising up the next generation of leaders.”  Part 1 If you haven’t already done so, please read that post before reading further. 7.  COMMUNICATE REGULARLY IN BOTH ENCOURAGING AND CONFRONTING THEM My experience is...

4 UNEXPECTED SOURCES OF STRENGTH AVAILABLE TO TIRED LEADERS

For Christian leaders, the Bible is clear that our greatest source of strength is Jesus himself—"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  Philippians 4:13. Beyond that, Dan Rockwell shares four unexpected and practical sources of strength for every...

RAISING UP THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS ~ PART 1

When I travel conducting my seminars, I often meet young leaders who are ambitious (in a good way) for leadership responsibilities (I Timothy 3:1.) At the same time, they are frustrated because they don’t get the opportunities they would like. Also, I constantly hear...

12 THINGS STAFF MEMBERS WANT TO SAY TO THEIR PASTORS

It is advantageous for there to be a climate of safety on a team where members are free to say things openly and honestly. Unfortunately,  this is not always the case. Chuck Lawless shares with us today 12 things staff members want to say to their pastors, but at...

Defining “Leader”

I have been an ardent student of leadership for the past forty years.  I read everything related to leadership issues that I can get my hands on.  It is becoming clear to me that people use the word “leadership” or “leaders” in a variety of ways. Some...

5 secrets that made me a better leader:

If you are a leader, I’m going to assume you want to get better and better at who you are and what you do—both in your walk and in your work. Ron Edmondson shares with us 5 secrets that made him a better leader. Read, learn and apply, with the power of the Holy Spirt...

WHAT MAKES A LEADER?

WHAT MAKES A LEADER? See It Clearly A leader is first and foremost somebody with followers. If nobody is following, you are not leading, no matter what outstanding leadership qualities you might possess. Many years ago, my daughter Anna, had a sign on her bike that...

Managing your mind for more effective ministry.

Your mind matters. What you think about, what you dwell on and what you spend lots of time mentally focused on matters to God and it matters to you and your team. Think Philippians 4:8 on this. Rick Warren shares some excellent thoughts on managing your mind for more...

A LEADER’S CRITICAL SKILL

Probably no skill would be more helpful to develop than that of being an excellent communicator.  A number of years ago I realized that my ability to communicate well needed major work, so I joined Toastmasters International in order to improve both my private and...

4 Ways to Avoid Being a Distracted Leader

It's too easy to become distracted from what's most important right now and to stay focused. It was Stephen Covey that said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." What can a leader do to stay focused on the main thing and not get pulled into...

Do Not Fear

When Moses died, Joshua (his trained successor) stepped into his role.  Upon assuming his new position, the Lord talks to him to prepare him for the tasks that lay ahead of him.  One of the first things that Joshua is told is not to be afraid.  “Have not I commanded...

How to overcome the danger of over commitment

A number of years ago I listened to a pastor in a Chicago state that most of the people he knew were overwhelmed and over committed. I thought to myself that he knows some of the same people I know, because most of the people (and leaders)  I know and coach are...

Two dangers most leaders face

Being in leadership is dangerous. The Bible is full of warnings and examples of this truth. The devil (1 Peter 5:8) is always lurking in the shadows to sidetrack, plateau, neutralize or flat out destroy Christian leaders. I read of a Christian leader who, after...

Accountability questions that really matter

It seems that hardly a month goes by that we don’t read about a Christian leader who has disqualified himself in some way. This always brings great sadness to my heart. There can be a variety of reasons why leaders fall. Often one of the factors leading to this is no...

CHARACTER COUNTS

 Near to where I use to live, there was a huge billboard alongside a well-traveled road with "Character Counts"staring you in the face as you drove by. Character does count. It counts a lot. Things that have been happening in the political and business world would...

6 WAYS TO MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT WITH YOUR LIFE

Most Christian leaders I know and read about want to have influence and impact for the honor of Jesus. These same leaders are always open to new ideas on how to better accomplish this. I’ve often said that if I get one new idea from a book I read, it was well worth...

Giving three gifts to the people you lead

Over the years I have both written and spoken about what I consider the main functions of a leader—to shepherd, motivate, develop and equip those being led. It’s my  studied conviction that a good leader is more an equipper than a doer. They get more satisfaction...

7 of my most repeated leadership insights:

One of my recent memory passages is 2 Timothy 2:14,15 in The Message. It starts off with this. “Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people.” I have applied it in the sense of repeating certain basic essentials over and over to God’s leaders. Things...

ARE YOU GUILTY OF LAUGHING AT GOD?

Genesis 18:13-15, ESV "The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh…Is anything too hard for the Lord?’ …But Sarah denied it…I did not laugh…. ‘No, but you did laugh.’" Jesus, in what ways do I laugh at your promises, both general and specific? Do I discount your...

Rediscovering Your Joy in Ministry

Sometime in the daily battle of ministry, we can lose that first love, that first joy we once had. It can become all work and no worship. Rick Warren shares some excellent thoughts on rediscovering your joy in ministry. Originally posted by Rick Warren Do you remember...

LEADERSHIP DERAILERS YOU’LL WANT TO AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

A number of years ago, I spent several weeks in Costa Rica on a mission trip with some people from my church. From what I can gather, there are insufficient funds in Costa Rica to keep the roads in good repair--at least in the area where we were.  Additionally, Costa...

13 Painful issues for pastors

It was President Harry S Truman who famously said that if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. In leadership there will be intense heat, pressure, pain, difficulties.  These all go with the territory. Chuck Lawless, seminary professor and pastors,  shares...

HAVE YOU STOPPED DREAMING OR GIVEN UP ON YOUR DREAMS?

"And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them (his brothers)."  Genesis 42:9 ESV  Jesus, thank you for the ongoing dreams I have. Thank you for fulfilling so many I have had.  I want to continue to be a dreamer for your honor and glory!...

3 EASY WAYS TO KNOW THE QUALITY OF YOUR LEADERSHIP

I truly believe that leaders want to improve the quality of their leadership and be the best they can be for the savior. Cary Nieuwhof shares 3 easy ways to know how you doing. Originally posted by Carey Nieuwhof One of the most difficult aspects of leadership is to...

FOUR TEMPTATIONS CHRISTIAN LEADERS FACE

Every Christ-follower faces temptations of various kinds. In the Lord’s Prayer we are encouraged to pray against temptation. Peter reminds us in a passage  (1 Peter 5:1-11) directed to leaders that our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone (leaders...

How not to fail in leadership

No leader sets out on their leadership journey with failure in mind. There are many land mines and pot holes on the road forward. Brian Howard share with us one important thing to pay attention to so as not to fail. It may surprise you. Originally posted by Brian...

WHAT ARE YOU UNWILLING TO LET GO OF?

Today, a short Bible study on a simple concept; simple to understand, but not simple to apply. Hang with me here! There is a verb, cleave or hold fast to, in the Old Testament whose concept is repeated in the New Testament numerous times. Here are a few places in the...

Leader – Address the Elephant in the Room

Part of being a leader is having the courage to ask the difficult questions, confront the difficult issues and to make the difficult decisions. A leader needs to be willing to be misunderstood and criticized and unpopular when doing so.  Ron Edmondson encourages us...

How to Get Back Your Vision for Ministry

It takes lots of work, lots of communication and lots of trusting and leaning into the Lord for vision to be taught, caught and maintained. Sometimes we lose sight of it, lose hope and need to regain it and restate it. Rick Warren shares some excellent ideas on how to...

MINISTRY RESULTS? WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?

A few years ago, I was in Bryan, Ohio (population 8,000) where I conducted one of my Leaders Who Last seminars. It was a wonderful seminar with leaders from three to four of the neighboring towns joining us. It was especially encouraging to see lots of...

HOW TO BE A LEADER PEOPLE LIKE – WITHOUT BEING NEEDY

I’ve believed for many years that it’s more important to be respected than to be liked or popular. Sometime leaders make difficult decisions that result in them being disliked or unpopular, but still respected. John Maxwell said that if you need people, you can’t lead...

10 QUESTIONS GOOD CHURCH LEADERS ASK

Good leaders ask questions. They ask questions of those they lead and they ask questions about their own leadership so as to learn and become the leaders God has in mind for them. Chuck Lawless  gives us 10 questions that church leaders should be asking....

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE I EVER MADE!

In my second book, “Mistakes Leaders Make,”  I state matter-of-fact that I have either made, or observed, most of these ten mistakes in ministry contexts in which I have served.  I, as you can imagine, would encourage you to buy, read, and apply the content of...

8 trends to expect in 2021 due to the pandemic

Everyone in any kind of church ministry is wondering how the pandemic is, and will continue to affect people and ministry going forward. Cary Nieuwhof shares 8 trends to expect in 2021. Originally posted by Carey Nieuwhof Having been through a year like no other, what...

How To Kill It With Volunteers

Over my 53 years of ministry in 20 different churches, I’ve  never been in a church that had all the volunteers they needed—even the big churches. Brian Howard, executive director for the Acts 29 Network,  shares some insights on how to kill it with volunteers....

Know,like and be who you are!

Most of you know I’m  a life-long learner. My desire is that those I have the privilege of investing in would be able to drink from a running stream rather than a stagnant pool. I am always reading, studying and thinking as I gather ideas and create new content to...

7 Dangerous Leadership Practices

Overtime, leaders can slip into practices  and habits that are downright dangerous  and can cause problems for both the leader and the people. Ron Edmondson shares 7 of these with us. Originally posted by Ron Edmondson I’ve seen it so many times. Most likely you have...

BECOMING A “SILLY” LEADER

STOP! Before you put this down, thinking it has nothing to offer you, consider the meaning of the word silly. According to Richard Stone, it has the same roots as the German word selig, which means blessed, fortunate, favored, and happy. Many leaders seem to take...

How Should We Respond When a Leader Implodes?

It’s always disconcerting when a leader falls. I personally experience a range of emotions. Some helpful, some not. Eric Geiger shares some thoughts on how to respond when a leader implodes. Originally posted by Eric Geiger I was at lunch with a friend recently,...

THE LEADER’S VISION

Shortly after the completion of Disney World, someone said to Mike Vance, the Director of Disney Studios, "Isn’t it too bad that Walt Disney didn't live to see this!" To which the director replied, "He did see it--that's why it's here.” That’s vision in its purest...

WHAT MAKES A LEADER SAFE OR UNSAFE?

I usually don't like meetings. They score at the top of the list of "time-wasters" for leaders with a bias for action. But one meeting stands out in my mind. I am still feeling the impact of what I learned. Safe or unsafe leader. Which are you? A number of years ago,...

TAKING REGULAR PERSONAL RETREATS

Many, if not most, leaders I have coached, worked with, or worked for are task oriented and results focused. They tend to work hard and find it difficult to take sufficient time for the things that fall into the important, but not necessarily urgent, category. One of...

10 SIGNS YOU’RE A “PEOPLE-PLEASER” CHURCH LEADER

If your goal in life is to keep everybody happy, don’t become a leader/pastor, sell ice cream. Proverb 29:25 reminds us that the fear of human opinion can paralyze us and prevent us from making the right/difficult decisions and leading people to a better future. Chuck...

THY WILL BE DONE

I love music, especially worship music. Every once in a while a song comes along that completely captivates me, enthralls me and draws me into the heart of God. There is a song in the Luthern Hymnal. It was written by Charlotte Elliot who lived from 1789 to 1871. It...

There’s only ONE of him

It is Saturday, January 9 as I write this post. This morning as I opened our home-delivered copy of the Los Angeles Times,  there  it was on the front page: “There’s only one of him” The statement  was referring  to Tommy Lasorda who just passed...

9 HIDDEN THINGS THAT MAKE OR BREAK LEADERS

There are a lot of variables when it comes to what causes tiredness to become serious exhaustion, which can become deadly burnout. Some of them are well-known and others can be subtle and hidden from plain sight. Carey Nieuwhof shares 9 hidden things that can make or...

TRUMAN

Many of you know that I am a voracious reader. One of the things I enjoy is watching a football or basketball game on TV with a book in my lap. I  mostly read about leadership—In the world of sports, politics, business and the church. Due to the fact that I’m a leader...

Why only one third of your hires are going to work out

One of the most important decisions you make as a leader is who you bring onto your staff or team. It can either make or break your vision and the key initiatives you are trying to achieve. Select leader person career to work job Brian Howard believes that only one...

THESE TWO WORDS ARE DRAMATICALLY ALTERING MY WALK WITH GOD

Different people are inspired and motivated by different things. Some through music; some through movies; others through sunsets, quiet lakes, lush forests or snow-capped mountains. For me it’s words. The right words and the right combination of words greatly inspire...

Four ways to create capacity for your team

One of the things a leader should be doing is strengthening the capacity of team members so they can grow and make their best contribution to the vision. Ron Edmondson shares 4 ways a leader can create more capacity. Originally posted by Ron Edmondson...

WHAT HAS THE TRIUNE GOD UNIQUELY GIFTED YOU TO BE AND DO?

What has the Lord placed in your hands? Every Christian follower and leader is uniquely gifted and called by God to make a significant contribution. Every one of us is a "10" at something!  Exodus 35:31,34 (ESV) "The Lord has called by name Bezalel…and he has...

The Discipleship Method of Jesus

I have been recently saying in what I write and teach that a local church is primarily after three things: Developing leaders Discipling the people you have Reaching the people you don’t have All the truly important things the leadership of a local church would do...

3 Emails You Should Never Send

I've said that there are two major mistakes leaders can make. One is going too slowly, and the other is going too quickly. When it comes to how we communicate, we can move too quickly in haste or anger or we can move too slowly out of fear or uncertainty. Most of us...

A TWO QUESTION RITUAL TO CHANGE YOUR DAY

We are all creatures of habit—some good habits and some bad ones. Sometimes great improvement in life, family and leadership can be the result of building a  simple, new, good habit or breaking a bad one. Dan Rockwell shares two simple questions to daily ask yourself...

A simple prayer that is changing my life

A former mentor of mine went to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day this year. I wrote a post  which you can read,  Paul Stanley,  if you haven’t already done so as to how he impacted me. In that post I quoted a prayer that Paul had  pasted in his...

8 HELPFUL WAYS OTHERS HAVE TAUGHT ME TO DEAL WITH CRITICISM

I am currently reading a book about President Harry S Truman. He is well-known for having said if you can’t stand the heat you should get out of the kitchen. He certainly got his share of “Heat” for various decisions he made or policy he established. If you are a...

WHAT MIGHT EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP LOOK LIKE?

Leadership is on a lot of lips and minds today.  Christian organizations are constantly on the hunt for gifted, called and anointed leaders, but few know how to actually identify, recruit and develop the leaders they need and want. Experience has taught me that it is...

ARE YOU AN EMPOWERING OR CONTROLLING LEADER?

In Leaders Who Last, I speak of four key responsibilities of a leader: 1.  Shepherd 2.  Develop 3.  Equip 4. Empower Today we park on the last of these four…empower!  Empowering people has to do with creating an atmosphere that frees people to...

How Side Meetings Destroy Team Unity

Few things can harm a leadership team more than “Side-Meetings.” Meetings/conversations people decide to have because the “Main-Meeting” was not satisfactory in their eyes. Why does this happen and what can be done to put a stop to it? Brian Howard (Acts 29) shares...

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I recall hearing a cute story about a first-grade teacher who asked the class to name two days of the week that began with the letter “T.” One energetic boy immediately shot up his hand, and when called upon, said “Today and Tomorrow.” Which day are you living in?...

Does your culture produce innovators or followers?

Every leader should want to lead in such a way that new ideas are always welcomed and considered. If a leader is insecure or wants to be the source of all ideas and feels threatened by new and different ways of thinking or approaching a problem,  innovation and...

PAUL STANLEY

On October 30,I wrote a post  titled  The Three Primary Responsibilities of Every Leader. I wrote  about an organization  www.LDNGlobal.com that I am beginning to work with which  focuses on developing leaders around the world. The...

7 Ways to Lead a Team That Goes the Distance

Anyone leading a team has a deep desire that the team would stay together for a long time and accomplish great and worthwhile things. What do good team leaders practice that would better insure longevity for their teams? Rick Warren shares 7 way to lead a team that...

COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP!

Don't put your head in the sand. Deal with it! A while back I got a phone call from a very good friend who had applied for a new assignment within the large organization for which he works. He told me that the regional manager decided to change the role (and the...

You are micromanaging IF…

At times, intended management is perceived as micromanaging when it is not. There are times, though, when leaders are guilty of micromanaging in an unhealthy and counter-productive way. Eric Geiger shares three ways you can know if you have slipped into micromanaging....

IGNORE THIS AT YOUR PERIL!

During my Leaders Who Last Seminars,  I mentioned practicing Sabbath as a principle--not just a day.  I ran across an article by Lauren Weber from the Wall Street Journal regarding the problem with “Sleep Deprivation” in the USA. Here are a few statements...

5 WAYS TO LEAD WITH A BIG HEART

Calling my website “Leadership from the Heart” is not accidental. It takes leadership from the heart as well as the head to be successful with people. I have a sense that many leaders operate too much  from their head and not enough from their heart. It’s 18...

WHAT I FEAR THE MOST

"You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God." Deuteronomy 7:21, ESV Fear and faith are not friends Jesus, when I am fearful of man or circumstances, help me remember that you are in my midst and are great and...

10 WAYS THE ENEMY INFILTRATES THE CHURCH

There is a constant unseen war going on. We have an enemy who is after nothing less than our absolute and total destruction (John 10:10, I Peter 5:8). He not only wants to destroy Christians, but leaders and the churches they help lead. Chuck Lawless shares ten ways...

Truth Decay

These two words have been in my head germinating and percolating for the last couple of weeks. I discovered that there is a book by that title as well.  Recently  I’ve  heard several speakers use the two words in a sermon or speech. The more I’ve been...

His Warn-Out Bible

For years, I was coached by Warren Myers, who passed away in 2001.  Warren coached many young leaders. One of those men had the experience of traveling with Dr. Charles Malik (*see note below) one summer as his personal assistant and sent the following to our mutual...

Leading Leaders

Leading a group of people is one thing. Leading a group of leaders is quite another. How do you lead people who like to push the boundaries, color outside the box and bring different ideas to the table which can be risky?  Brian Howard from the Acts 29 Network shares...

Whatever happened to humility?

Protest singer and composer Pete Seeger wrote a song (1955), “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”  In the song he asks the question: Where have all the flowers…young girls…young men…soldiers…graveyards gone? Spinning off Seeger’s question I would like to ask,...

How Ideas Are Received On A Healthy Team

New and innovative ideas are the life-blood of any healthy team or organization and should be given the opportunity to be vetted and discussed as to value and application. Ron Edmondson shares some practical thoughts on how ideas are received on a healthy team....

DON’T STRIVE TO BE A LEADER UNLESS…

It was president Harry Truman who said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." There are certain things that "go with the territory" as it were. Leadership is not simple and it's not easy most of the time. It can be lonely, and you will not...

Turning an Audience into an Army

I do a fair amount of reading, thinking and studying about church leadership as well as the state and effectiveness of the church in the U.S. Most people who study these things would agree that the church Jesus promised to build is not in good shape. It’s not His...

LEADERSHIP IN TWO CATEGORIES

For as long as I can remember, I've been trying to take seemingly complex ideas and concepts and make them simple to understand and apply.  I'm always looking for better and simpler ways to communicate. Admittedly I can, at times, oversimplify. In most cases, it seems...

The three primary responsibilities of every leader

As most of you know, I’m all about developing leaders. A number of years ago I made a decision to spend the majority of my time and energy in pouring into leaders who would multiply and finish their race well. That being said, I’m always on the hunt for  good ideas to...

Three kinds of people who should be on your team

Leadership is all about building a solid team of people (paid or volunteer) to help you achieve a God-given vision. What kinds of people should be on that team? Brian Howard of Acts 29 shares his thoughts on three kinds of people you should seriously consider adding...

7 Potholes That Can Destroy Your Leadership

The last thing any leader wants is to be disqualified or have his/her leadership opportunities be severely damaged or destroyed. Ron Edmondson shares 7 potholes that can destroy your leadership. How are you doing with these? Originally posted by Ron Edmondson We all...

4 Leadership Traits the World Needs

In my lifetime, I've never seen our country more divided and polarized then it is right now. It feels like there could be a “Civil War” at any moment among people with strongly held but opposing views on a plethora of controversial issues. Proverb 11:14 reminds us...

HE HAD AN INCREDIBLE IMPACT ON MY LIFE.

1.  HE MODELED PRAYER Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another~Proverb 27:17 I recall a few days after first meeting him: I had recently moved into the Los Angeles Navigator home to join some other young men receiving training. He suggested we take a walk...

MAKING DECISIONS WHEN THE PATH IS UNCERTAIN AND CONFUSING

Life is a day by day process of making decisions, some small, some big. Every single day we are making dozens of decisions  that affect us and others close to us. Sometimes those decisions are  relatively easy and at other times they seem very difficult and we are...

Leading a Fast-Food restaurant from good to great!

I am a student of leadership. I’m trying to learn all that I can all of the time.  I study leadership in the military, in government, in the business world and in the church. I'm especially fascinated by what causes an organization to grow or, sadly, to stagnate...

15 WAYS TO RECOGNIZE CONTROL FREAKS IN YOUR CHURCH

I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” ~ British politician Lord Acton. Power can be used for good or for bad. There seems to be an ongoing discussion in local churches as to where the power to decide certain...

7 signs that your team thinks you’re a bad boss.

There are bad bosses and there are good bosses. Which category would your team put you in? Your opinion counts, but not as much as the opinion of the team you lead. Carey Nieuwhof share 7 signs that your team thinks you are a bad boss! Originally posted by Carey...

Building good leadership habits

Some of you may know that I try to memorize a verse or two each month. For the month of September, it was 2 Timothy 2:14,15 in The Message: “Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at...

Real leadership is not lonely

You have heard it said that leadership is lonely. For some leaders this has been, and  is, their experience; but it need not be that way. Brian Howard, who leads the Acts 29 church planting network, shares with us some things that can take the loneliness factor...

7 Potholes That Can Destroy Your Leadership

Those of you who follow me on Face Book, Twitter or Instagram and read my posts at davekraft.org know that I wrote the book, "Leaders Who Last." Everything I do in my writing, teaching and coaching is so that leaders will finish their race well. There are, of course,...

EFFECTIVE VS. EXCELLENT

As leaders we have all been in groups, organizations or churches where excellence has become an all-consuming and financial sucking idol. If I were to give you $5,000 and ask you to improve some aspect(s) of what you are doing to make it more excellent, I am sure you...

How Ministry Leaders Plan

In doing His work, it's not a matter of planting or trusting. It's both planning and trusting. It's like sailing. I need the wind (God's part) , but I also need to raise my sails (may part) to catch the wind if I'm to make any progress. It's not either/or, but...

CEO, CFO AND COO I RECOGNIZE, BUT WHAT IS A CCO?

The gift of discouragement is not listed among the gifts in the Bible, but plenty of people seem to exercise it. Parents exercise it with their kids. Spouses exercise it with each other. Bosses exercise it with their employees. Coaches exercise it with their players....

Three Marks of a Healthy Culture

I’ve come to realize that a healthy culture in your workplace or your church family is a make or break deal. An unhealthy culture can make what otherwise would have been a good situation really bad and ruin everything else. Eric Geiger shares three marks of a healthy...

LEADERS NEED DELIBERATE, BUT FLEXIBLE, INTENTIONALITY

Some time ago in a Community Group Susan and I were part of, the men discussed (men and women separate once a month for more specific accountability and deeper sharing) various things and the one idea that most of us could resonate with was being intentional about...

Stories we tell ourselves

I heard  years ago, “When you talk to yourself watch your language.” Good advice then, good advice today. Dan Rockwell shares some helpful ideas on the stories we tell ourselves. Some are true, but many of them are not and can hurt us and our leadership. Watch your...

LEARNING LEADERSHIP FROM THE OLYMPICS.

I'm always inspired by excellence whether it be on the track, in the pool or on the balance beam as well as in the realm of business, the military and the church. I am always looking for principles I can apply to my own life and share for the benefit of others. A...

9 THINGS RE-GATHERED CHURCHES ARE REALIZING

Those of who lead, in one capacity or the other, in local churches are rejoicing that at long last, around the country and around the world, we are beginning to gather again so we can grow as disciples and go with a life changing message to a, more than ever, needy...

Two things every leader needs to be willing and able to do

If you are not doing these two things perhaps you're not a really leader at all. start new business, concept Change things Leaders are change agents. If you are leaving everything as it is and are reluctant to change what, to many, obviously needs changing, you are...

Complete Loyalty? Not so fast!

Loyalty is generally a good thing…a very good thing; but it can sometimes become a bad thing… a very bad thing that can hurt the leader, his/her team and the group, church or organization. Loyalty has its limits Many of us will remember the comment from Donald Trump...

Three staffing mistakes to avoid

Adding a person to your staff or your team is one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a leader. The right person can make your team,  whereas the wrong person can break your team. Brian Howard shares three staffing mistakes  a church should avoid....

LOWER THE BAR

Some of you might be thinking that the last person you can think of that would encourage somebody to lower the bar would be me. Now before you overreact and think that I’ve gone soft in the noggin in my old age, hang with me for a few paragraphs. This might...

4 Ways to Stop Being a People-Pleasing Pastor

Trying to please everybody  in any situation is a losing proposition; especially when you are responsible for leading. Eric Geiger said that if your goal in life is to keep everybody happy don’t become a leader, sell ice-cream. Ron Edmondson shares 4 ways to stop...

THE DARK SIDE OF CHARISMATIC LEADERSHIP

In a Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times there was a fascinating article on dealing with the   "Dark Side of Charismatic Leadership." You who follow me on this blog site know that I am a strong proponent and advocate for healthy leaders building healthy...

4 Characteristics of Great Leaders

A few years ago, Jim Collins write a fantastic book, “Good to Great.” How to move from being a good leader to being a great leader. If you are like me, you want to be the best leader you possibly can. What does a great leader look like? Rick Warren shares 4...

ONE LEADER’S SELF-EVALUATION THAT WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD

I do a lot of reading, because I am a life-long learner, I believe leaders are readers and I get ideas for future writing. The posts that you read at davekraft.org are of three varieties: Entirely new material and ideas from meMaterial based on a germ idea(s) I get...

4 Types of People Leaders Must Not Listen To

I recently memorized Mark 5:35,36 in The Message. It’s an account of a leader who was being told things by some people whom he should not be listening to or taking seriously. Jesus’ response to him was this: “Don’t listen to them. Just trust me.” There are certain...

SIGNS YOU MAY BE HEADING FOR A CRASH

You don't have to read very much today about pastors around the country to quickly come to the conclusion that many of them are on the verge of burnout out, and perhaps worse. Many are over committed and overwhelmed. Usually this type of situation doesn't happen...

5 WAYS TO LEAD WITH A BIG HEART

My website is called “Leadership from the heart.” It’s based on Psalm 78:72 speaking of King David’s leadership, “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” Leadership is a combination of heart and hands; not either/or, but...

SIMPLICITY. WHEN LESS IS MORE!

Simplify to multiply The word keeps popping up! It comes up in conversations I’ve been having, I see it addressed in movies and in books. It’s something people desire but have given up hope of experiencing. Maybe it’s wishful thinking--as old fashioned and antiquated...

9 reasons people don’t trust pastors

Trust is a basic ingredient in leadership. When trust has been damaged or lost leadership has been dealt a death blow. Chuck Lawless shares 9 reasons why people don’t trust pastors. Originally posted by Chucklawless.com Trust is foundational to people following you 9...

Are you playing God or playing safe?

Like a lot of things in life there is a continuum, a spectrum in styles of leadership.   As a leader you can be at one extreme or the other or, healthily, in the middle with good balance.  When it describes how you tend to lead, here are two examples of leadership...

3 EASY WAYS TO KNOW THE QUALITY OF YOUR LEADERSHIP

As a leader, I’m going to assume that you want to become better and better at what you do. You are on the lookout for ideas and resources that will help you improve. You are a life-long learner and avid reader. Here are three simple question posed by Carey Nieuwhof to...

Willing to stand for the truth!

I recently ran across a speech that Martin Luther King gave in March of 1965 in Selma Alabama. Here are some excerpts from that speech. “If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. And if a man happens to be 36 years old, as I...

7 Keys to building an amazing church staff

As a leader, you will only be effective to the degree that you select the right people for your team or staff. Every leader I have coached or worked with finds the task of getting the right people on the team bus and in the right seats a challenge. Brian Howard,...

7 Ways to Maintain Authentic Leadership

I believe that we are in a day when people (especially younger people) crave authentic leadership. It need not be perfect but it definitely needs to be authentic. Leaders need to be real, vulnerable and honest in owning their sin and shortcomings. Ron Edmondson shares...

MEASURING THE WRONG THINGS BY ASKING THE WRONG QUESTIONS!

Are you asking the right questions? For almost ten years I was on staff at Our Savior’s Community Church in Palm Springs, California. They were great years where I learned many valuable lessons about leadership and church life. Lead Pastor Mike Coppersmith stayed...

Developing Spiritual Strength that Lasts

Those of you who know me, realize that for many years now, I have given my time and energy to helping leaders finish their race well. I wrote a book to that effect, “Leaders Who Last.” Rick Warren shares three key ideas on developing spiritual strength that lasts....

ONE OF THE MOST OVERLOOKED LEADERSHIP INGREDIENTS

Genesis 12:4, ESV "So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…" Responding to what Jesus says to me! Jesus, so simple to understand, so hard to do! I listen, you speak, I respond in humble, immediate obedience as I am empowered by you in order to honor you. Help me to do...

THE ONE ESSENTIAL HABIT OF EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN LEADERS

Hearing regularly from the Lord Habits are interesting, frustrating and revealing. Habits are hard to form and easy to break; and even harder to re-establish. I remember a preacher saying that 90% of life is habits. We all have habitual ways of thinking, doing and...

7 WAYS TO BE DECISIVE WITHOUT BEING A JERK

Most everything I’ve read about leadership tells me that good leaders are decisive! They are not afraid to make the tough decisions and they definitely don’t try to keep everybody happy with the decisions they make. There are helpful and harmful ways to make these...

Dare To Lead

I just finished reading a book by Brene Brown Dare To Lead which I found very bold, honest and convicting on many levels. I don’t know where she is spiritually and she does use some salty language, but the read was extremely point on for me regarding leadership and...

A 5 STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO CREATE AN AMAZING CHURCH CULTURE

I believe it was Peter Drucker who said, “Culture eats vision for lunch.” If you hear from God and have a great vision for your church, business or group but don’t create a healthy culture, you could wind up spinning your wheels. Cary Neifwhof shares a five-step plan...

7 Warnings for Aspiring Leaders

For every aspiring and younger leader (and for those leading them), it’s critical to be aware of potential land mines that can cause great harm. Ron Edmondson share 7 warnings for aspiring leaders. Be careful of these! Originally posted by Ron Edmondson 7 Warnings for...

FIVE DEADLY THOUGHTS OF LEADERS

Watch out for "Stinking Thinking" You have probably heard it said that what you do flows from how you’re feeling and how you’re feeling flows from how you’re thinking. It all starts with what’s “buzzing in your beanie,” as it were.  That’s why we are encouraged...

How to Deal With Disappointment in Ministry

Leaders are constantly prone to disappointment. It comes with the territory. Things seldom go exactly as we had hoped for or dreamed of. It seems we are criticized by some  no matter what we do or decide. Rick Warren has some good insight for us when disappointment is...

THREE KEYS TO LEADERSHIP FRUITFULNESS

We all know that 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us of the power that the Word of God can have on our lives in "Teaching us what is true, making us realize what is wrong in our lives, straightening us out and teaching us to do what is right." (NLT). Every once in a while in my...

7 WAYS TO MAKE ALL TEAMS SMARTER

Most of you reading this know that I am a big fan and advocate for doing things in teams. Most everything I read leads me to believe that any good leader tries to do things in a team context as much as possible. However, a team can act intelligently or foolishly in...

SIX THINGS PASTORS NEED FROM YOUNGER ADULTS

Pastors are under attack today in every denomination and in every country. They are attacked from within their own churches by disgruntled attendees, within their own spirits by our enemy the devil, and from without by those who don't even attend or aren't members of...

10 QUESTIONS I WONDER IF CHURCHES EVER ASK . .

You have probably heard it said that for a leader it’s not always a matter of having the right answers but of asking the right questions. Chuck Lawless  gives us ten questions he wonders if churches (church leaders) ever ask. What about your church? Some...

EIGHT OF THE HARDEST PEOPLE TO LEAD

Now every person on planet earth has a little of one or more of these, but I’m talking about those who have it in spades. It dominates/colors everything they do and say to the extent that it significantly harms them and others. some people are difficult to lead 1. The...

A 5 STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO CREATE AN AMAZING CHURCH CULTURE

Over the last week or so I’ve been addressing the issue of toxic leadership and unhealthy culture. Today, one of my favorite bloggers tackles the subject of how to create an amazing church culture. Lots to think about and apply. Originally posted by Carey Nieuwhof A 5...

TWO ESSENTIAL ASPECTS OF LEADERSHIP

Under "Leadership From the Heart" at the top of this web site is Psalm 78:72 which is my favorite verse on leadership.  It speaks of two essential aspects of leadership; The heart and the hands. Leading to a visionary destination and taking care of the people as they...

Defining Healthy in Church Leadership Culture

On Friday of this past week I posted some thoughts on “The most important thing about your job is not your job.” It’s also very much about your boss and the culture in which you both work. Today we have guest blogger Ron Edmondson digging deeper on the component of...

The most important thing about your job is not your job

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a long time, so it’s about time to record some of my current thinking on the subject. Do your homework before deciding on a new job or new role You have probably heard that people don’t leave a job, they leave a boss. My...

How Not To Train Your Volunteers

In every church I have ever been a part of or served in, we never had enough volunteers. It seems like we were always pleading, begging for people to step up and serve. The average church today cannot do it’s part in fulfilling the great commission (evangelism and...

REMBERING AND FORGETTING

As leaders, we sometimes forget what God wants us to remember and remember what God wants us to forget. We need to remember his faithfulness and his promises, but forget the results, good or bad! The entire book of Deuteronomy is a book of remembrance; the Israelites...

3 Common Ways Leaders Miscommunicate

I’ve come to the conclusions after 50 plus years in vocational ministry that communication is one of the most important issues for excellent leadership. There are good and effective  ways to communicate and there are poor and ineffective ways to communicate. Eric...

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

I readily give John Maxwell credit for the title of this blog.  I believe it with all my heart.  The day of the Lone Ranger doing the job all By himself is over.  The independent-wip-the-town-into-shape-by-yourself reputation of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne is...

TWO SIMPLE SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING POSITIVE ENERGY IN OTHERS

Good leaders continue to learn  how to keep themselves energized and energize others. Having team members who are not motivated and energized for the work that needs to be done greatly harm the overall effort toward agreed-upon goals. Dan Rockwell shares two ways to...

WHAT’S IN THE CENTER?

I have heard it more than once that we are all worshippers.  It is never a question of if we will worship, but what we will worship; what we keep at the center of our affections; where our time, money and emotional energy goes. If anything other than Jesus is at the...

10 PHRASES I’D LIKE TO HEAR MORE OFTEN IN THE CHURCH

There’s always a lot of talk going on at local churches; some of it is helpful and some of it is hurtful. Given the fact that we serve an awesome and powerful God, the talk among ourselves should be uplifting, honest and God-honoring. Chuck Lawless shares ten phrases...

LIVING LIFE OUT LOUD

I can't remember when or where I first ran across this idea of "Living Life Out loud;" living with abandon,not holding back or holding in, but  simply being myself and not apologizing for it.. Most people go to their graves with their music still unplayed. Don't be...

10 Easy Phrases Which Point to a Healthy Team

Everyone would like to be a part of, or lead, a healthy team. But what does a truly healthy team look like and how does such a team function? Ron Edmondson shares 10 phrases that point to a healthy team! Originally posted by Ron Edmondson Do you want to be a part of a...

6 Commitments Every Spiritual Leader Must Make (Part 2)

This is a continuation from Part 1 by Rick Warren that was posted earlier this week. Leadership is about commitment. God has called us as spiritual leaders to make unique commitments in how we lead others.  Commitments to move you deeper and higher by His grace Six...

6 Commitments Every Spiritual Leader Must Make (Part 1)

Leadership is about making commitments; to God to myself and to others. I cannot help but think of the list of  “ I resolve”  that Jonathan Edwards made years ago. Rick Warren shares 6 commitments that every spiritual leaders needs to make. This is part one with part...

STANDING UP TO AND FOR LEADERS

When do you challenge a leader's decisions or policies? Standing up to and for your leader. What is it appropriate to be a loyal dissenter? When is being silent being a coward? When is speaking out uncalled for, or the right thing to do? Have you ever wrestled with...

MOVE OUT

For quite a few years I have tried to learn a new verse a month.  One of my verses is Deuteronomy 2:3 (ESV), "Then the Lord said to me, you have been traveling around this mountain country long enough. Turn northward." Lord, make it clear to me when it's time to move...

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A MANAGER OR A LEADER

For years (at least all my leadership years) there has been an ongoing debate/discussion regarding the difference between managing and leading. There is a difference and it makes a difference in understanding it. Leadership guru Dan Rockwell shares insight on why both...

A LEADERSHIP SNAPSHOT

I love one verse that says a lot. A while ago in my morning Bible reading, I came across Exodus 32:34, "But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold my angel shall go before you..." I journaled as follows: Jesus, here is a good...

SOME OLD BUT GOOD ADVICE

From a leadership perspective, one of my favoriate passages of Scripture is Exodus 18: 13-27.  It is as old as the hills and as relevant as a course at Harvard Graduate School.  It is no secret that many, if not most, leaders are weary and borderline...

WHERE HAVE ALL THE GROWING LEADERS GONE?

Within the first year of becoming a Christian, I was taught this: Salvation is being saved from the penalty of sin Sanctification is being saved from the power of sin Glorification is being saved from the presence of sin In the ensuing years I haven’t seen it put...

Determining How Fast or Slow To Make Decisions as a Leader

I’ve said for years that there are two mistakes a leader can make. One is going to slow, and the other is going too slow. Ron Edmondson shares with us how slow or how fast certain kinds of decisions should be made. Originally posted by Ron Edmondson As leaders, we...

SIMPLICTY AND SINCERITY

A verse I return to over and over is 2 Corinthians 1: 12, "For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom, but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you."-ESV....

Great Questions Lead to Great Conversations

  Many times the best thing a leader could, and should, do is not give the right answer, but rather ask the right question. Many leaders are guilty of talking too much and listening too little. I plead guilty to this. We tend to lean toward being teachers and...

TOUGH LOVE AND TOUGH TALK

Many leaders are devout cowards. Yes, I did just say that! I have said it for a number of years. I have had people challenge me on it, but at this point in time, I’m sticking by my guns. I must add though that when I say many leaders, I am thinking of leaders in...

6 Reasons Isolated Leaders Are Dangerous Leaders

There is a good as well as a bad  aspect of being a dangerous leader. We want to be a danger to the enemy, but not to ourselves, our team or the people we lead. Be dangerous for Jesus but not to Jesus, his people and his purposes for you as a leader Eric Geiger shares...

RETHINKING HURRIED AND UNHURRIED

Unhurried is not always a good thing and hurried is not always a bad thing. Generally speaking, when we think of being in a hurry, we deem it as wrong or unhealthy and when we think of moving slowly, we deem it as right and healthy. Today I would like to take another...

BEYOND PETER DRUCKER’S FIVE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

As leaders, most of us, I would assume, have heard about and followed Peter Drucker’s writing and thinking on leadership and management. He was the guru for many leaders, both in the Christian community as well as in the business community. Dan Rockwell shares some...

If you are not willing to…you can’t be my leader

Every once in a while, a Bible verse reaches out and grabs me by the throat and messes with me in a big way and in a good way. Today I want to share one of these with you. However, before I do,  a little back story. Two of the disciplines that I, by His grace,...

How to deal with criticism

If you are a leader, it’s not a matter of if you will be criticized, attacked or misunderstood, but when and how intensely. The upside of being on the receiving end of criticism is that you can learn from it and become a better leader. Pastor and seminary professor...

IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO MOVE ON OR STAY PUT?

 “You have been traveling around this mountain long enough. Turn northward.” Deut. 2:3 (ESV) At five different times in my ministry I left a church or organization when my role or function had been “long enough” and it was time for me to move on. I...

7 THINGS BAD LEADERS SAY TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR TEAMS

I heard years ago that when you talk to yourself, which we all do from time to time, you should watch your language. We should also watch our language when we talk with our team. Sometimes leaders say things  to themselves and those they serve with that are more of a...

TAKING YOUR LEADERSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL

If you are a leader you, hopefully, want to be the best you can be for Jesus in the roles and responsibilities he allows you to have. You will want to continue to grow so as to take your leadership to the next level. Here is one of my favorite verses that instructs us...

7 reasons leaders tend to quit an organization:

I'm going to venture a guess that most all of you have heard that people don't leave organizations they leave bosses. If you have a great job, but a poor boss, you don't have a great job in reality. Having said that, leaders do leave organizations for a variety of...

EARS AND REARS

A while back, I ran across a statement by Pastor Rick Warren.  “Sometimes those in our churches with the biggest ears also have the biggest rears.” Just do it. And do it NOW! As you are led by Him, empowered by Him and seek to honor Him! It first provoked a laugh...

What Makes a Great Team (Part 2)

This is a continuation of the post by Rick Warren on April 26. Please read that first if you have not already done so. Originally posted by Rick Warren What Makes a Great Team (Part 2) Your volunteer teams are some of the most important elements of your church’s...

SHARE YOUR FAILURES

  A number of years ago I was leading a group of men that met weekly in my home.  Before one eye-opening conversation, I thought I was doing quite well in leading, challenging and encouraging these men.  I was feeling chipper, confident and proud of the way the group...

What Makes a Great Team (Part 1)

If I have come to one conviction after a ½ century of leadership, it’s that getting things done for the kingdom and the honor and glory of Jesus is all about having good teams to work with as a leader. Teamwork makes the dream work In yesteryear it was all about the...

WHAT IS REALLY DRIVING YOUR LEADERSHIP?

One would assume that leadership would be about the cause of Christ and for the benefit of those being led, but that would be a wrong assumption.  Unfortunately, a lot of leadership is all about the leader.   Is your leadership about "Them" or is it about "You?" In...

MY PERSONAL GPS

One of the traits that I admire in others and, with His help, practice in my life, is being a life-long learner.  This is especially true as it relates to my character.  In I Timothy 3 and Titus 1, two key chapters in the New Testament on leadership, most of the...

PICKING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Selecting future leaders in whom to invest  is one of the primary responsibilities of current leaders. In Acts 1:24 we see the new band of leaders agonizing over who should take the place of Judas.  They are praying and asking for wisdom on who the right one...

3 Indications of Really Bad Leadership

I’m venturing a guess that there is a continuum on leadership. Really good leadership, good leadership, bad leadership and really bad leadership. Eric Geiger shares three indicators of “Really Bad Leadership. "Really Bad Leadership" No thanks! Over the years I have...

I LOVE LISTS

Now, before you jump to conclusions and label me dysfunctional,  a fighting fundamentalist,  or something worse, allow me to explain. Having lists is very biblical First of all, In the way I live and steward my life, I am a firm believer in "Prioritized Do...

4 MORE ENEMIES OF VITALITY ALL LEADERS MUST AVOID

Here’s part two from Dan Rockwell on “Enemies of team vitality” that leaders must avoid. Originally posted by Dan Rockwell 4 MORE ENEMIES OF VITALITY ALL LEADERS MUST AVOID Leaders who suck the life out of people promote failure and embrace defeat. The first four...

THE TWO BIGGEST ISSUES MY COACHING CLIENTS STRUGGLE WITH!

As many of you know, I spend a good chunk of my time coaching leaders.  Each is different, with a unique set of needs and issues, which lead them to desire a life/leadership coach. Coaching, in its original intent, was simply a method of “transportation” from one...

4 DEADLY ENEMIES OF VITALITY

Most every day I pray for vision and vitality. They are both gifts from the Lord. Vision for the future with new ideas I’m dreaming of. Vitality is a combination of physical, mental emotionally and spiritual vitality. Teams also need large quantities of vitality to...

THE PRICELESS ATTRIBUTE

I picked Warren Myers up at the airport. Warren was my mentor and friend of many years. As he jumped in and slung his luggage in the  back seat he asked a question. “Dave, What do you think are the essential characteristic of a person who would make a successful...

WHEN PASTORS AND OTHER LEADERS DON’T GET ENOUGH REST

As leaders, I’m  confident we’ve all read that the average adult should get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. I’ve also read that many, maybe most, don’t get enough and are to a large extent sleep-deprived a lot of the time; which can lead to other unfortunate...

3 PREVAILING BELIEFS THAT LIMIT LEADERSHIP

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.” ~~ Mark Twain. Dan Rockwell shares three things leaders believe about leadership that just ain’t so and that can really hurt us and make us ineffective in our roles...

HOW SMART ARE YOU?

IQ Versus EQ When I was in the 6th grade the teacher had all of the seats numbered. Students sat in different seats from day to day depending on how well they did on the tests. I hate tests, so guess where I almost always sat? (I can identify with Charlie Brown!)...

HOW A STRENGTH/GIFT CAN BECOME A WEAKNESS/LIABILITY

Most enlightening and sobering statements I had ever heard It was one of the most insightful and sobering statements ever said to me! Going back to the summer of 1968. I was in a Navigator summer training program in Missouri. I asked the leader, Chuck Strittmatter,...

The Highest Form of Obedience for Church Staff Members

As leaders we should always be on the lookout  for other leaders to place in positions of responsibility. A leader’s greatest and most important task is not attracting more followers but selecting, developing and deploying more leaders. One key trait to look for in...

THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT…

Over the years I’ve attended many weekend conferences and one-day seminars.  I consider myself blessed if I come away with a single idea that significantly impacts me and seems to be the kind of idea that can also be of help and encouragement to lots of other...

Leading with Control Versus Leading with Influence

I think most followers and most leaders know in their heart of hearts that being a controlling leader or working for one is not a good idea, but nonetheless many leaders seem to gravitate toward controlling over time;  especially with increased fruitfulness and...

Dying with no regrets

As most of you know, I turned 80 in December of 2019. A lot of people are dying in their 80’s.I read the obits every day just to make sure my name isn’t there. I just read that Kenny Rogers died at 81 of  “Natural Causes.” One of my daughters recently asked me how I...

The Danger of Teaching Information Without Application

There is a lie that many preachers, teachers and Christian leaders have bought into hook, line and sinker. It’s that information will bring transformation. From 60 years of experience in leading, and developing leaders let me tell you it just ain’t so. Here is a...

One Leader on 5 Traits to Look for When Hiring/Promoting

One critical skill set for any leader is identifying, developing and deploying other leaders. Good leaders and healthy organizations always invest time and resources in the next generation of leaders that they need. Eric Geiger shares 5 traits to look for when hiring...

ONE ESSENTIAL WORD TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO

“Where there's a mist in the pulpit, there's a fog in the pew.” Howard Hendricks (The late Dallas Seminary Professor) “And if the bugler doesn’t sound a clear call, how will the soldiers know they are being called to battle.” (1 Corinthians 14:8 NLT) Having clarity...

WHEN COMPASSION HARMS

At times we can do more harm than good by being too loving and too understanding and thereby not challenge people when it’s appropriate to do so. I love Proverb 20:28 in The Message, “Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.”...

YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS BY FOLLOWING THESE STEPS

Nothing could be more critical to success in life and ministry then setting and achieving goals that honor Jesus and help accomplish what you believe he's leading you to do. Following these steps will insure that you reach your goals Here are some steps you can take...

7 REASONS TO DEVELOP A STRONG LEADERSHIP TEAM

If you are leading anything, the best thing you can do is to create a solid team to do it with you. Going it alone is not wise, not biblical and sets you up for failure. As John Maxwell has said, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Chuck Lawless shares 7 reasons to...

5 WAYS TO SURVIVE THE MENTAL GAME OF LEADERSHIP

Often times the critical battles in leadership are fought in our heads. We win or lose in our minds; how we view things, our perspective on what is happening, or seems to be happening, in our leadership world. Where is your mind taking you these days? As it says in...

MATURITY VERSUS PERFECTION

Growing in Christ; going from one level of maturity to another Understanding the meaning of  the word "Maturity" can result in great joy and motivation. Misunderstanding it can result in discouragement, despair and a feeling of hopelessness.  “Him we proclaim, warning...

FIVE COMMON BARRIERS TO BECOMING A SIMPLE CHURCH

Many churches are simply trying to do too much; wearing out staff and the people who attend. Life is complicated. People are overwhelmed and over-committed. We need to simplify things at the local church level. A few years ago I read “Simple Church” by Thom Rainer and...

WOW! SO MUCH IN JUST TWO VERSES

WOW!  So much in just two verses! ROMANS 12:11,12 Two powerful and insightful verses “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (ESV) “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep...

The Art of Disagreeing

As I observe things , it seems to me that we are losing  the art/ability to disagree over issues and yet maintain a civil and healthy relationship with those whom we disagree. This is true in politics, in the market place, in the home and in the church; too much...

CONCERNED OR RESPONSIBLE?

Wisdom in knowing what to say yes or no to! “Learning the difference between a concern and a responsibility may save your ministry, your family and your sanity.”  “Leading on Empty” by Wayne Cordeiro I was introduced to the concept of  “Concerned or...

7 Statements Every Leader Needs To Use Regularly

To build a good team with excellent morale, there are certain things a team leader needs to regularly say to team members. Ron Edmondson share 7 of these with us. A pat on the back goes a lot further than a kick in the pants Originally posted by Ron Edmondson 7...

How to Fear Less as a Leader

Fear is our enemy. It holds us back and holds us down keeping us from achieving what Jesus has in mind for us as leaders. Rick Warren shares some great ideas on how to fear less. Originally posted by Rick Warren How to Fear Less as a Leader Fears hold us back from...

IS IT MERELY A MISTAKE, OR IS IT ACTUALLY A SIN?

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAKING A MISTAKE AND COMMITTING A SIN? Recently I became aware of some teaching which was suggesting that some things are mistakes we can learn from but that don’t necessarily need confession or repentance; whereas other behaviors,...

3 Simple Steps to Self-Destruction

Our  leadership journey is replete with potholes, detours and dead end streets. There is danger at every turn of the road. Peter ( 1st Peter 5:8) encourages us as  leaders to be sober-minded and watchful as the enemy is always ready to pounce. Eric Geiger...

THE 7 BIGGEST BLUNDERS OF THE EXPERIENCED LEADER

Leaders are not perfect. They make mistakes. They make bad decisions. They blunder. Even experienced leaders are not immune from mis-steps and outright sin. Dan Rockwell share with us the 7 biggest blunders of the experienced leader.   Originally posted by Dan...

7 Habits Of Highly Ineffective People

Stephen Covey wrote a book describing the seven habits of highly effective people. Well, if there are habits that people can acquire to make them effective, then there are also habits that leaders will want to avoid or break that cause them to be ineffective. Here are...

10 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU’RE IN THE WRONG SEAT ON THE BUS

One of the keys to longevity and joy in ministry is finding the right organization/church/group to labor with and then making sure you are in the right seat on the team bus that will maximize and leverage how the Holy Spirit has gifted you. Chuck Lawless shares ten...

BASIC ESSENTIALS IN BECOMING A GOOD LEADER

In my experience, any significant endeavor in sports, music, business or ministry has a few essentials that, if paid attention to, can make all the difference and, if ignored, can create all the dangers. Generally speaking, there are not dozens of “essentials” in any...

MINISTRY SUCCESS…YOUR FRIEND OR YOUR ENEMY?

What is biblical success? How is it to be measured? A few years ago I read a book, The Paradox of Success, which dealt with the dark side of success. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a vast difference between success and significance. Worldly...

Six stages of a dying church

The church you are a part of will either grow or decline/plateau and perhaps eventually die. Growth is obviously the only biblical way to go. But if you are reading anything about growing churches these days, you well know that entirely too many churches are on the...

THE EMPOWERING LEADER

Empowering those you are privileged to lead In my book, Leaders Who Last, I mention that leadership is all about Who the leader is, where the leader is headed and how the leader enlists others to join him on his/her visionary journey. When it comes to the people who...

8 EXPLANATIONS/CONFESSIONS OF PASTORS WHO FELL

It’s always sad and disheartening to read of pastors and Christian leaders that fall. There are a variety of contributing factors for this. Chuck Lawless shares 8 explanations that leaders have offered as to why this happened. With insight and honesty from the Holy...

THREE QUESTIONS THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Sometimes asking the right questions may be more important that having the right answers Three Questions That Can Change Your Life, Marriage and Ministry. It’s not too often that I pick up an inflight magazine when on a trip, but I did a while ago.I was on a Southwest...

FIVE ESSENTIALS TO BECOMING AN EXCELLENT LEADER

1. It's Essential That We Are Flexible: Things change fast these days…real fast! Yesterday’s home runs won’t win today’s ball games. What worked last year--or even last month--might not work anymore. As leaders we need to be ready to change, to adapt, to give up old...

The Power of Authentic Leadership

There is something special and growth-enhancing for everyone when we are honest, open and vulnerable with those who follow us as leaders; sharing the good, bad and ugly. Rick Warren reveals some positive results of authentic leadership. Being authentic with those you...

WHAT FOLLOWERS EXPECT FROM THEIR LEADERS

A good many years ago, D. E. Host, president of the China Inland Mission, was in a meeting with other leaders. There was a fierce debate going on regarding the nature of leadership. During a pause in the deliberations, someone turned to the venerable leader and asked...

4 Root Idols That Corrupt Leaders

I believe It was  John Calvin who said that the heart is an idol factory. I think most leaders would concur with that; I certainly do. It’s a matter of being constantly vigilant so that an idol doesn’t slip into the place reserved for Jesus and Jesus only. Pastor...

DOES YOUR PASSION HAVE A SLOW LEAK?

Through the years, thoughtful students have studied the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from many and varied points of view. He is teacher, healer, evangelist, prophet, discipler to name just a few of His perceived roles. He spent days in some places and moved on...

5 TEMPTATIONS EVERY PASTOR FACES

Leaders faces temptations every day. These temptations vary from leader to leader. Some of them are temptations that many leaders don’t consciously think of. Here are five that are not your ordinary temptations, but are very real and can be very troubling, First...

FATAL FLAWS OF A LEADER

Was Churchill correct? Winston Churchill:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” I usually don’t take issue with a well-known leader, but… There are examples of successful leaders falling because of serious flaws...

Four Filters to Avoid a Bad Hire

I was on the phone with one of my coaching clients this past week and I mentioned there were two things for him to consider: One of the most important decisions you will make is who you add to you team PassionPeople He is thinking of changing careers, so we discussed...

THREE OF MY HEROES OF THE FAITH

Your past should be a “guidepost,” not a “hitching post.” This statement has motivated me through the years to learn from the past, but not to be stuck in the past--the past with its successes as well as its failures, disappointments, discouragements and sin. I have...

FIVE COMMON BARRIERS TO BECOMING A SIMPLE CHURCH

There is much to be said for simplicity in a culture where things are moving faster and faster. Many, if not most, leaders are going too fast and trying to do too much. At times, churches keep their staff and volunteers going at breakneck speed which is not healthy...

THE “TERRIBLE TOOS.”

No, you didn’t misread this and no, I didn’t misspell it.  We often refer to the "terrible twos" of children who give their parents a difficult time. There is another kind of "terrible toos" that leaders often encounter as they attempt to build teams of...

10 Resolutions That Can Improve Ministry Leadership

I think that most people would concur that the traditional New year’s resolution, to a large extent,  aren’t worth the paper they're written on; but to resolve to do or not do something as you trust in God’s grace and do it for God’s honor is invaluable. Ron...

JESUS NEVER PROMISED YOU THAT …!

What He has and hasn't promised you and me There are many things Jesus said that we like to quote and be reminded of. But there are certain things we believe to be true and act like they are true that Jesus never said or promised. YOU are a leader. You desire to...

11 SECRETS MOST CHURCH LEADERS WON’T TELL YOU

I once heard a pastor say that experience is the best teacher and fools will have none other. Yes, we can learn from our own mistakes; or we can learn from the mistakes of those who have gone before us and have traveled the road we are now on. Carey Nieuwhof shares 11...

HOLDING MEETINGS THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY LOOK FORWARD TO

Holding meetings that people look forward to Okay, let’s take a vote.  How many of you reading this love to go to meetings?  How many of you would say that meetings compose some of the most productive part of your workday? (Just as I thought!) Since it seems...

7 Classic New Leader Mistakes

Leaders make mistakes like everybody else. Some cause little to no harm, others can be very costly. Ron Edmondson shares seven classic mistakes newer leaders tend to make. Mistakes younger leaders are prone to make Originally posted by Ron Edmondson 7 Classic New...

JESUS!

I don’t know where I originally got this, but I'm struck by its faith- enhancing & encouragement-building content! Read, praise and be grateful for who Jesus is and what He did for you! May you and your family experience a Jesus-blessed Christmas. He is the First...

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I EVER LEARNED ABOUT GOAL SETTING:

One key idea to keep in mind as you set goals for 2020 This is the time of year when many of us will begin to set goals for 2020. I'm going to spend some time away next week to do exactly that, as I evaluate 2019 and get ready for 2020. I’ve said in the past that if I...

FIVE KEY GOALS FOR EACH AND EVERY CHURCH!

This is the time of year when many churches set goals There are two times during the year when churches generally set goals. One is in January and the other is in September with summer over and a new school year begins. Here is Rick Warren with five key goals any...

10 Signs You Are More Prideful Than You Realize

Pride is always lurking in the corner of our  hearts and minds. It is subtle and deceptive and can bring to a screeching halt an otherwise fruitful ministry and productive life. Eric Geiger shares 10 signs you are more prideful than you realize. Humility is our best...

THREE WORDS THAT MEAN THE WORLD TO ME RIGHT NOW!

Adding new energy and capacity to your leadership! I love words… always have. Words motivate me, stimulate me, keep me going, keep me focused. I’ve always been a word person. I have collections of words that speak to me, encourage me, warn me, instruct me and guide...

LEADERSHIP IN A SINGLE VERSE

Everything you need to know about leadership in a single verse My most basic, and simplest, definition of leadership is: A leader is a person who takes people from where they are to someplace else. The leader sees something in the future that is better than what is in...

GETTING THERE AND BEING THERE

As many of you know, I’ve done a bit of traveling the last ten years…taking advantage of seminar opportunities resulting from the three books I wrote. Some of the trips have been a few hours and others (like India and Australia) have crossed numerous time zones and...

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MOST HUMBLE MEN I’VE KNOWN

It was John Stott who said that pride is our greatest enemy and humility our best friend. What does a truly humble leader look like? How would you describe them? Chuck Lawless shares 10 characteristics of the most humble men he’s known. Originally posted by Chuck...

GO AHEAD AND BE “UNREASONABLE” TO THE GLORY OF GOD

Go ahead and shake a few things up. Attempt the unreasonable, the impossible, the unlikely and see what the Lord does! How many times have you had a boss, co-worker, parent or spouse tell you to “be reasonable?” With a roll of your eyes you may say, “More times than I...

The Art of Disagreeing

It seems to me that, as a country, we have lost, or at least are on the way of loosing, the ability to agree to disagree without getting nasty and evil in the way we disagree. This is an especially critical for Christian leaders. Steve Graves tackles this subject with...

4 Things Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Don’t Do

There has been quite a bit written of late on emotionally healthy leaders and emotionally healthy teams and churches. I am a member of Toastmasters and have been involved for over 20 years. Here is a good article just out on what emotionally healthy leaders DON’T DO!...

7 Actions Which Cripple Leaders

Leading his difficult enough, and we certain don’t want to make it more difficult by shooting ourselves in the foot with harmful actions. Ron Edmondson shares 7 actions which cripple leaders. Originally posted by Ron Edmondson 7 Actions Which Cripple Leaders I’m...

IS YOUR CUP MOSTLY FULL OR MOSTLY EMPTY?

Honestly, how full or empty is your cup? Recently one of my coaching clients, attended a Leadership Network meeting and saw something based on a concept in Wayne Cordeiro’s book, “Leading On Empty.” As soon as he explained it to me I knew it was something I...

How to Get More Members Involved in Ministry

Every leader/pastor in every church I’ve ever been a part of has desired to have more people engaged in ministry and mission. I have never been a part of a church that had all the people they wanted and needed. Maybe that church is out there somewhere, but I've never...