You know you’re onto something when…

the powers that be (doing nothing for years) are nervous about you. people from the church start leaving tracts and books on your desk anonymously. an old lady cusses at you and about you. country club members decide to worship elsewhere. tattoos and pick-up trucks outnumber lattes and minivans in the parking lot. you get…… Continue reading You know you’re onto something when…

Competitive Advantage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_q0wn5oQKU This clip from Tin Cup highlights the differences between an amateur and a tour professional.  Whether you are a casual golfer or a week-to-week preacher in a church. You and the guy on tour are fundamentally different in how you approach your craft. What you do is similar! But how you approach it and…… Continue reading Competitive Advantage

Dealing with discouragement

Last Sunday, I wrote about some of the discouragement I was feeling. Anxiety. Self-doubt. Questioning my abilities. Questioning decisions I’ve made. Paths I’ve chosen. I wish I could say that was just a moment of self-doubt and second-guessing. And I wish I could look back on that 7 days later and laugh. But I can’t.…… Continue reading Dealing with discouragement

Let Grace be our language

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9_L7PjacU Is grace enough for you? Maybe I’m a cynic but I don’t think grace is a hallmark of a lot of Christians. We’re too busy having unrealistic expectations for one another and then wallowing in the disappointment of failed relationships. I’m too busy judging you for judging me for grace! Let’s get past this…… Continue reading Let Grace be our language

Labor Day Remembrance for Youth Workers

Labor Day became a holiday in response to the massacre of 13 employees to end the Pullman Strike at the hands of the Illinois National Guard. Why were they on strike? The owner of their company cut their wages on their 12 hour work day while holding rents on employee housing. When the owner refused…… Continue reading Labor Day Remembrance for Youth Workers

Never be afraid to compliment

I’ve noticed that many folks in ministry are cranky right now. No one seems to get along or agrees with anyone. (I had to say “many” because if I didn’t someone would get cranky about my use of generalization!) It’s all the rage to be a raging disagree-er. Exhaustion from the launch of the Fall…… Continue reading Never be afraid to compliment

5 Ways to Encourage Your Church Staff

One thing I learned when I was on church staff– rarely does a person really want what they are presenting what they want. In other words, when a parent wants to come in and talk with you about some ideas for the summer youth group schedule, that’s only the presenting issue. I know that with…… Continue reading 5 Ways to Encourage Your Church Staff

3 Tests of a Leader

1. Are they attracting leaders? A great leader surrounds herself with other talented leaders. Other leaders make sacrifices to work for her. A leader doesn’t just attract talented leaders, she keeps them. Established leaders pop in to hang out with her. She raises up leaders from within. She creates a culture of education and mentorship.…… Continue reading 3 Tests of a Leader